CataLight co-founds equal opportunity network

The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG) seeks to actively support equal opportunities for scientists of all genders. To foster this goal the network "Wissenschaftler:innen und Karriere" (scientists and career) has been founded. The founding members are three DFG-funded, Coordinated Research Centres (CRC/TRR 234 CataLight, CRC 1076 AquaDiva and CRC 1127 ChemBioSys) as well as the Clinician Scientists Programme CSP OrganAge, which are all based at the Friedrich-Schiller-University and the University Hospital in Jena; the CRC/TRR 124 FungiNet recently joined the network. The idea of the network is to pool equal opportunity funds in order to realise stronger equal opportunity measures together, so that all participants profit from having access to high quality events that they could not realise by themselves. Based on an annual assessment, specific mentoring, advanced training and career coaching programmes for female junior researchers shall be carried out. Additionally, classical supportive funding and workshops will be implemented, as well as the promotion of family-friendly work environments in science. Furthermore an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and experiences is facilitated by installing a coordinating hub connected to the equal opportunities office of the FSU Jena. In the future, further DFG-funded projects shall become part of the network.

Contact: Ms. Dorothee Gößner, Gleichstellungsbüro / Verbund Wissenschaftler:innen und Karriere Jena, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Zwätzengasse 3, 07743 Jena, Tel.: 03641 9400970, E-Mail: