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Equality project FEM POWER draws a balance

As part of the FEM POWER project, the conference held in Magdeburg, Germany, on 23 October 2019 drew up an interim balance on the state of equal opportunities in science and research in Saxony-Anhalt. At the event, IAMO also presented its already achieved goals and future prospects.

Under the patronage of Armin Willingmann, Minister of Economics, Science and Digitalization of the State of Saxony-Anhalt, the participants of the conference “(F)EMPOWERing Saxony-Anhalt! 3 Years of FEM POWER” discussed the challenges of a gender-equitable university and science landscape in Saxony-Anhalt. FEM Power strengthens and expands gender equality efforts in scientific institutions with location-specific measures and sets an important signal for a diverse and equitable future in science and beyond in times of political tension.

Taking diversity into consideration, IAMO, as a participating institute, also presented its previous successes and ongoing measures in gender equality work over the past three years as part of a poster presentation. Among the milestones of the project “Promotion of gender equality for female scientists at IAMO” (FEM Power) are the definition of gender equality and diversity as guiding principles at IAMO as well as the identification of strengths and weaknesses in gender equality work on the basis of an employee survey in 2018. In the years ahead, it is planned to run an anti-discrimination and diversity program, to regularly exchange information among employees on the topics of equality and diversity, in addition to several workshops for young female scientists as well as gender-sensitive research. The five-year long project is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the State of Saxony-Anhalt.

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