Equal opportunities representative

Priv.-Doz. Dr. rer. nat. Susanne Grether-Beck tl_files/bilder/mail.gif
Phone: +49 (0)211-3389-303

According to paragraph 17 of the „Landesgleichstellungsgesetz“ (German law) the equal opportunities representative contributes to the implementation of this law as well as all provisions and actions that (may) influence gender equality. This accounts in particular for social, organizational and personnel actions, including job advertisements, selection procedures and job interviews. The equal opportunities representative is an equal member of assessments. Further tasks are the setup and changes of the plan for the promotion of women as well as the report of its implementation. Additionally, she advises and supports employees in questions about equality. Finally, she implements the research-oriented standards on gender equality of the DFG (German Research Foundation) and the guidelines of the WGL (Leibniz Association) at the IUF.

The IUF – Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine is specifically committed to equal opportunities for women and men and aims at a balanced gender ratio on all hierarchy levels. Respecting the priority of aptitude, qualification and professional achievements (Article 3(3) Basic Law) the IUF strives to fully promote the professional career of women. One main aspect is the compatibility of family and profession.

IUF is committed to a family friendly and phase of life conscious personnel policy and has reobtained the certificate “work and family” for its efforts in 2017. This management instrument is offered by the “berufundfamilie Service GmbH”, initiating and directing a sustainable process of compatibility.


IUF was first certified in 2013. For this the status quo in a broad range of fields of action was analyzed, the potential for improvement was identified and objectives and measures for the next 3 years were determined. The progress is now checked annually by the “berufundfamilie Service GmbH” on the basis of a report. Measures of the first 3 years have been e.g. the establishment of the parent-child room, the communication of existing flexibility options and leave of absence for family-friendly working times in the intranet and an information package for new coworkers. With the successful reauditing “work and family”, the further development of family friendly and phase of life conscious personnel policy at IUF will focus in particular on the following fields of action in the next 3 years: work organization, workplace as well as information and communication.