Center of Excellence Women and Science

Current Projects

Project duration: 01.02.2021 - 31.01.2024

Project lead: Dr. Anke Lipinsky

Funded by: EU, Horizon 2020

UniSAFE – Gender-based violence and institutional responses: Building a knowledge base and operational tools to make universities and research organizations safe 

The research project UniSAFE will produce robust knowledge on gender-based violence (GBV) in universities and research organizations and translate the knowledge into operational tools and recommendations for universities, research organizations and policymakers to reduce GBV. UniSAFE examines the mechanisms of GBV, its determinants, antecedents and consequences. A holistic 7P model, covering prevalence, prevention, protection, prosecution, provision of services, partnerships and policy, is used to collect and analyze data on different levels.

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News from the project: 45 universities and research organizations will gather online at the end of September for the UniSAFE community kickoff.


Project duration: 01.09.2021 - 30.09.2022

Project lead: Dr. Andrea Löther; Dr. Nina Steinweg (substitute)

Funded by: KIT

KIT-Survey – Survey to evaluate the current situation of women professors at KIT

The study aims to survey and analyze the general conditions under which female professors work at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Issues are gender-specific aspects and possible gender inequalities in the work situation of female professors. The analysis of the empirical results will lead to recommendations for action to improve existing gender equality policy measures and, if necessary, develop new measures.

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Project duration: 01.09.2019 - 31.08.2022

Project lead: Dr. Nina Steinweg

Funded by: BMBF - Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Funding number 01FP1901

StaRQ Standards, Guidelines and Quality Assurance for Gender Equality in Academia

The StaRQ project pursues two main objectives. On the one hand, quality standards and guidelines for measures to promote gender equality in academia are to be developed. On the other hand, different (virtual) platforms will be created for the sustainable exchange of experts for the quality assurance of gender equality measures in academia.

An online portal promotes exchange and networking. The central component of this portal is the INKA database, in which selected quality-assured models from German scientific institutions can be searched.

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News from the project: Project results are continuously published here on the StaRQ portal.


Project duration: 15.04.2020 - 31.12.2021

Project lead: Dr. Nina Steinweg

Funded by: FAU

EvalFAU Evaluation of gender equality measures of the Technical Faculty of the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU)

Selected equality measures of the Technical Faculty of the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) are the focus of an evaluation carried out by CEWS.

The subject of the evaluation are the different program lines of the ARIADNE mentoring program as well as other selected measures for the promotion of young women scientists at the FAU's Faculty of Technology.

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Project duration: 01.08.2020 - 31.12.2021

Project lead: Dr. Andrea Löther; Dr. Anke Lipinsky (substitute)

Funded by: Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation

AvH-Potenzial Study of the potential of international mobile women scientists

The study aims to explore the reasons for the low female participation among grants of the Humboldt-Foundation. The Foundation likes to receive impulses for action to attract more excellent women scientists to the Humboldt Network. To this end, the study analyzes gender aspects of academic careers in 14 key countries and gender aspects of three selected programs of the Humboldt-Foundation.

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News from the project: International experts discussed initial project results in an evaluation workshop. 


Project duration: 01.05.2017 - 30.04.2021

Project lead: Dr. Anke Lipinsky

Funded by: EU, Horizon 2020

GEECCO – Gender Equality in Engineering through Communication and Commitment

In the European project GEECCO technical universities and research funding organizations seek to effectively reduce gender inequalities. CEWS / GESIS evaluates partners' gender equality plans and develops customized tools for monitoring gender equality activities. The project focuses on three topics: the reduction of gender inequalities in academic careers, gender balances in decision-making committees and the gender dimension in research and teaching.

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News from the project: The CEWS gender equality plan (GEP) evaluation team has developed five online tutorials.