Kompetenzzentrum Frauen in Wissenschaft und Forschung

About CEWS

CEWS Center of Excellence Women and Science aims to promote equal opportunities for both women and men in science and research in Germany. CEWS is a think tank and the national hub for this policy area, sparking new ideas, initiating processes of change in support of science as well as creating and engaging in transfer processes between science and politics.

Operating Internationally, CEWS executes German and EU projects connected with equal opportunity policy, as well as good practice measures at the highest level. It does this both independently and in cooperation with other institutions

Since its founding in 2000, the research-based services have been systematically developed in order to even more effectively fulfill the social contract.

Five areas of activity

CEWS carries out its tasks and objectives in five areas:

Gender Politics and Gender Equality Measures

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

  • evaluate implementations and impacts of gender equality initiatives
  • assess how gender equality is taken into consideration in research funding programs;
  • analyze the implementation frameworks of gender equality measures and policies as well as those of scientific careers;
  • compare gender equality policies in academia in the European Union Member States;
  • analyze the potential of applying gender equality policy instruments in research.

Gender Inequalities in Academia

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 taken up in equality, university and science policy making.

Advocacy and Networking

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, and 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.

Services

The 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 of CEWS portal or CEWS-journal (electronic) with nearly 4,000 subscriptions.

Statistics and Monitoring

CEWS prepares and provides data and information which give detailed insights into gender inequalities in the academy, 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 directed also to the international community, e.g. through participation in the European group "Statistical Correspondents on Women in Science".

Institutional Affiliations

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 task assignment - is part of GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences. Since October 2014 CEWS is part of GESIS Department "Monitoring Society and Social Change" in Mannheim, Head is Dr. Oshrat Hochman.