CEWS Center of Excellence Women and Science aims to promote the implementation of gender equality in science and research in Germany. CEWS is the national hub for this policy area. CEWS sparks new ideas, initiates processes of change and engages in knowledge transfer processes between science and politics.
Collaborating internationally, CEWS implements national and European projects in the field of gender equality policy.
Since CEWS was founded in 2000, its research-based services have been systematically developed in order to effectively fulfill the needs of key stakeholders such as researchers, gender equality professionals, science stakeholders and policy-makers.
Five areas of activity
CEWS provides comprehensive expertise in five areas of activity:
CEWS carries out impact and implementation studies on gender equality initiatives in academia. Studies and projects often combine research and service-oriented objectives with policy analysis and evaluation. CEWS' projects in this field of activity
This field of activity includes on the one hand the review, processing and analysis of contemporary literature on gender inequalities in academia. On the other hand, it includes the implementation of quantitative as well as qualitative studies, mostly financed by third parties. The results of these studies are presented in scientific book publications, research papers, essays, brochures, GESIS' series "Recherche Spezial" and GESIS' literature databases. Often, results are referred to by different academic and policy stakeholder groups and recommendations are taken up in equality, university and science policy making.
CEWS initiates and accompanies discussions and opinion-shaping processes, e.g. for the development of national gender equality initiatives in science such as the German Programme for Women Professors. Moreover, CEWS provides advice on the strategic orientations and the development of policies of the European Research Area (ERA) as well as for the European Research Framework programs (FP7, Horizon 2020) to advance gender equality. The main focus is on structural changes, both in gender equality policies as well as in legal initiatives (governance instruments, organization and personnel development as well as scientific cultures).
CEWS builds networks through supporting and connecting stakeholder groups at regional, national, European and international levels with scientific organizations, politics, state / federal ministries, European and national committees, researchers and networks. One focus area is the exchange between research and policy development.
CEWS' services, with a view to better understand gender inequalities and equality politics in academia, aim at putting accumulated research findings on gender and inequalities into policies and practices. Our main addressees are universities' equality professionals, academics and stakeholders in science, politics and society, as well as researchers. CEWS' services are mostly web-based and present a variety of examples, e.g. specialized online-databases on the CEWS portal or the electronic CEWSjournal with nearly 4,000 subscriptions.
CEWS prepares and provides data and information which give detailed insights into gender inequalities in academia as well as into output and impacts of gender equality policies. Although our focus lies on quantitative data, we also use qualitative data such as legal texts, gender equality plans and similar documents. CEWS developed novel methods e.g. to monitor and to rank academic institutions in Germany according to gender equality aspects as well as a retrospective prognostic tool for analyses of the vertical disaggregation. Activities in the field of statistics and monitoring are also directed at the international community, e.g. through participation in the European group "Statistical Correspondents on Women in Science".
CEWS was founded in 2000 as a third party funded project, 100% financed through the BMBF – Federal Ministry of Education and Research, for an initial five years. In 2003/04 it was successfully evaluated by an external agency.
Since January 2006, CEWS – with no changes in its task assignment - has been part of GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences. Since October 2014 CEWS has been part of the GESIS Department "Monitoring Society and Social Change" in Mannheim.