Center of Excellence Women and Science

Dr. Nina Steinweg

Dauerbeobachtung der Gesellschaft
Center of Excellence Women and Science

+49 (221) 47694-264


On behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Center of Excellence Women and Science (CEWS) advises universities and research institutions in their application to obtain the TOTAL E-QUALITY award. Universities and research institutions wishing to apply will find support here.

The following information is taken from the website:


Here you will find the application forms (in German) for initial applications and repeat applications, as of November 2019.

The deadline to submit your application for the next round is 30 April 2020.



The Center of Excellence Women and Science (CEWS) offers advice on how to work with the self-assessment tool:

Dr. Nina Steinweg


phone +49 221 47694-264
fax +49 221 47694-8264

Dates & Events

The last award ceremony took place on 5 November 2019 at acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering in Munich.

Further information (in German) can be found at

Pilot Project “Add-on Diversity”

Since 2016, it has been possible to complete a diversity “add-on” in the application form as part of a pilot project. Further information (in German) on the procedure and participation in the pilot process can be found on the pages of TOTAL E-QUALITY.

Current Award Winners

The TOTAL E-QUALITY label is awarded to universities and research institutions that strive to implement equal opportunities in their institutions through personnel and institutional policy measures and achieve success in doing so.

Congratulations to the 50 organizations that were awarded the TOTAL E-QUALITY award in 2018!

The award was given to 27 businesses and to 23 organizations from the field of science and research. We are especially pleased about the 11 applicants, which we were able to award for the first time. 29 organizations received the Add-On Award for Diversity, 2 were honored with the Sustainability Award.

Here you will find a list of the 2018 award winners.

Goals & Framework Conditions

TOTAL E-QUALITY Deutschland e.V. has set itself the goal of achieving equal opportunities in business, science and politics, anchoring them sustainably and thus bringing about a paradigm shift in personnel policy.

The basis for the TOTAL E-QUALITY award is the processing of a self-assessment tool. It also contains suggestions on how universities and research institutions can further develop their equal opportunities policy and improve its quality.

Against the background of ongoing reform processes at scientific institutions, the TOTAL E-QUALITY rating is intended to help promote the inclusion of proven and innovative gender equality measures and parameters in the reorganization or to integrate them directly. The self-assessment tool also enables the university or research institution to make the status of gender equality in its own institution visible.

A list of examples of good practices can give new impetus to the implementation of equal opportunities. This will also support the work of women's and gender equality officers.

The aim is to change structures and framework conditions in such a way that equal participation of women in all qualification levels is achieved and significantly more management positions are filled by women.

The award underlines the importance attached to equal opportunities within a scientific institution and can therefore be used as a marketing tool. The application for the award is based on using a self-assessment tool developed with the association TOTAL E-QUALITY Deutschland e.V., the Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund sfs – a center of applied social research with a thematic focus on labour and (social) innovation – and experts from science and research.

The pilot project was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

The applications are examined by an independent jury of the TOTAL E-QUALITY Deutschland e.V. association. The jury consists of competent representatives from science and research.

The award is granted for three years and consists of a certificate and the rights to use the TOTAL E-QUALITY logo for marketing and public relations.


The application is based on the so-called self-assessment tool, which at the same time offers suggestions and support for the implementation of activities to improve equal opportunities.

The self-assessment tool is divided into eight fields of action in which the efforts to achieve equal opportunities can be expressed:

1. Recruitment and filling of posts

2. Career and personnel development

3. Reconciliation of work and family responsibilities (work-life balance)

4. Institutionalized gender equality policy

5. Planning and control elements in organizational development

6. Organizational culture

7. Research, teaching and studies

8. Moral harassment, sexualized discrimination and violence

In addition to the application, the processing of the fields of action thus also serves as a self-assessment, on the basis of which a comparison with other scientific institutions can be made in the future in the sense of benchmarking.

Further information (in German) can be found at


The Association

The association TOTAL E-QUALITY Deutschland e.V. was founded in Frankfurt in 1996.

TOTAL E-QUALITY was initially developed by representatives of well-known German companies in cooperation with experts from politics, trade unions and science and research for business. Since 2001 the association TOTAL E-QUALITY e.V. has awarded the title to universities and research institutions.


If you have any questions about the TOTAL E-QUALITY association, please contact the office.