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Anna Dunkl
Equal Opportunity Officer
Tel.: +49 341 600 55-140

Cordula Wagner
Deputy Equal Opportunity Officer
Tel.: +49 341 600 55-162


Gender equality

At the IfL, gender equality and balance of family and career are seen and supported as an essential guiding principle of successful work.
Our equality agenda is based at the following agreements and standards:

  • DFG Research-Oriented Standards on Gender Equality / download
  • Leibniz Equality Standards (in German only) / download
  • Guideline to Equal Opportunities in the Leibniz Association (in German only) / download
  • Equal Opportunity Standards and the Implementation Agreement to the GWK Agreement on Equality (AV-Glei) of 27 October 2008, as amended by the GWK on 22. April 2016. The AV-Glei is part of the annual grant for the IfL (in German only) / download
  • Confirmation of compliance with the requirements for a Gender Equality Plan for participation in Horizon Europe | download

In accordance with the current gender distribution, the IfL's Equal Opportunities Plan defines measures to promote equality between women and men at all levels of hierarchy and function. Particular attention is paid to equal opportunities and gender parity in recruitment and promotion of young researchers. Flexible targeting rates based on the cascade model (download, in German only) are decisive here. The Personnel Development Concept at IfL, developed jointly with the Equal Opportunity Officer, also contributes to the promotion of equal opportunities at the Institute.

Another goal of gender equality work is to create a work-life balance, in particular by making work hours and places more flexible and promoting women on their way to leadership positions, for example through individual training or participation in the Leibniz Mentoring Programme.

The senior and executive staff as well as all other employees are responsible for implementing the measures at the IfL. In gender equality work, the institute is supported by an Equal Opportunity Officer and her deputy, as well as their student assistant. The Equal Opportunity Officer advises the institute's management on issues of gender equality and is involved in structural issues and personnel measures. They support employees in matters of equal opportunities and family-friendly working conditions.


In 2020, the IfL has once again been awarded the TOTAL E-QUALITY title for its measures to promote equality between women and men. An independent jury attests the Institute a "well institutionalised promotion" in the field of equality policy and in the area of reconciling employment and family responsibility. The personnel development concept adopted in the form of a company agreement is "an important instrument for implementing the compatibility strategy". After successful certification, the IfL is allowed to use the title for another three years.

The TOTAL E-QUALITY award certifies that organisations from business, science or administration as well as associations have a successful and sustainable commitment to equal opportunities for women and men in the workplace. It is awarded by the association TOTAL E-QUALITY Deutschland e.V.