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Family-Friendly Academia

Jutta Dalhoff

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Center of Excellence Women and Science
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What really makes scientific institutions such as universities and non-university research institutions family-friendly? What is the best way to reconcile studying or working as a scientist on campus with starting a family or taking on family responsibilities? And how can the scientific institutions dealing with this topic best learn from each other? CEWS structured a range of information on the topic of family-friendliness in academia for you ­– stakeholders from universities, non-university research institutions and science policy as well as scientists, students and interested parties.

This page is based on the former portal familienfreundliche-wissenschaft.org, which was shut down at the end of December 2018. The portal was developed in the projects “Effektiv!“ and “Connect”, which were funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research and led by CEWS.

Some linked pages and databases are only available in German. We suggest using browsers such as Chrome, which lets you change the language and translates webpages for you. That way, you can still make use of the German content of our databases on family service centers, equality law etc.

Family Service Centers

In our Links@CEWS database, you can search for family service centers in higher education institutions and filter them according to Germany’s federal states (= “Bundesländer”), for example. To do so, enter the corresponding state in the search field.

Literature

Our literature database Lit@CEWS  contains current and relevant publications in German and English on the topic of family-friendly academia.

Equality Law

What regulations do the higher education laws and the equality laws of Germany’s federal states (= “Bundesländer”) contain on balancing academia and parenthood? Answers can be found in our database on equality law.

The CEWSwiki documents ongoing and completed research projects in the field of “Women in science and research” in German-speaking countries. Here you can find projects on the topic of family-friendliness.

The DFG Toolbox is an online information system that provides a selection of quality-assured gender equality measures in higher education institutions. In the section “Work / life balance” you will find measures of the institutions for childcare, returning to work, dependent care, etc.