TRR259 - Aortic Disease
University of Bonn
TRR259 - Aortic Disease
University of Cologne
TRR259 - Aortic Disease
University of Düsseldorf
TRR259 - Aortic Disease
TRR259 - Aortic Disease
TRR259 - Aortic Disease

Gender & Diversity

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All universities participating in the TRR259 consortium promote pluralism, a variety of perspectives, and equal opportunities. Therefore, all three universities have established offices for gender equality, dual career services, as well as mentoring and networking programs for female researchers (e.g. University of Cologne: Female Career Program (FCP), Cornelia Harte Mentoring Program, Women in Science and Society (WISAS)). The Gender & Diversity Committee of the TRR259 was founded to respond more specifically to the needs of TRR259 members in terms of career opportunities and supporting a good work-life balance. 

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Gender & Diversity Committee of the TRR259

The Gender & Diversity Committee supports our efforts to ensure that the TRR259 remains sensitive to matters relating to gender and diversity. 

The committee currently consists of seven elected members, serving as first contacts and offering help and information on topics such as discrimination, parental leave, child care services, etc. We aim to increase the number of female scientists, especially female project leaders in the Collaborative Research Center, and improve their career opportunities. Our goal is to design a working environment for the Collaborative Research Center that allows professional and family obligations to be easily reconciled. 


Support of women

The TRR259 has set itself the goal of increasing the number of female scientists, in particular female project leaders, in the Collaborative Research Center, and improving their career opportunities

Within our Transregio, female researchers are represented on different levels of project preparation, scientific management, as well as in scientific partnership as scientific project leaders, with currently 6 out of 27 (22%) principle investigators are women. As this percentage is still unbalanced at this stage, we have set gender equality at all academic levels as an important strategic goal and have implemented targeted equal opportunity measures. Due to the success of these initiatives and the quality of their gender-equality strategies, two of the three participating universities (Bonn, Cologne) are now in Phase III (out of IV) and Düsseldorf is already in Phase IV of the process of meeting the goals defined in the DFG’s Research-Oriented Standards on Gender Equality

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Specific measures to promote gender equality

TRR259 members can access a wide range of workshops, services, and coaching from the participating universities. The TRR259 also offers special programs for female scientists.

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The Inclusive Researcher Network for Equality (IRENE)

In September 2021, the “Women Connect Series” network for female researchers was founded. In order to expand the offer, "Women Connect" was renamed "The Inclusive Researcher Network for Equality (IRENE)" in 2023. Together, the TRR259, TRR237, Cluster ImmunoSensation2, iRTG2168, TRR333, and SFB1454 promote equality for all genders and backgrounds in science. We support female scientists' careers, help balance work and family, and create an inclusive environment.

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Postdoc starting grant for female scientists 

While searching for new project ideas and techniques, we would like to attract motivated and talented female scientists for research on aortic diseases. This is why we are giving PhD students and postdocs the opportunity to develop new project ideas related to the TRR259 an supporting them with a postdoc Starting Grant for female scientists.

Women Connect Series - Events
University, a safer space?
online
10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Do academic spaces exist outside of power relations? We offer a place for participants to reflect on what gives people power (or not) and how the oppressive ...
Imposter Syndrome – Why your brain is lying to you
online
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
In the lecture, possible causes of the so-called imposter syndrome – the recurring thought that one is simply not good enough for the current position and ...
Coping with stress, anxiety and self-doubt
online
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Academic life can be stressful, overwhelming and frustrating: lots to do, rejections, revisions, teaching, fixed-term contracts plus grant and job ...
How to raise your visibility as an expert with Social media
online
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
This workshop titled "Networking: How to raise your visibility as an expert with Social media (LinkedIn & ResearchGate)" will focus on how to enhance one's ...

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Work & Life Balance

Gender equality is strongly associated with a professional surrounding that is compatible with the demands of raising a family. Thus, childcare and family support for both male and female researchers, as well as opportunities for a dual career are supported by the three universities.

We provide emergency and back-up childcare via PME-Familienservice. Due to the flexibility of this childcare, which is also available on short notice, our scientists are covered in case the regular day-care center is closed or their normal caretaker is ill.

The TRR259 also offers a parent-child room in each city. These rooms allow scientists to work or have informal meetings while watching their children. 

In addition, the TRR259 KidsBox offers practical support on-site. It can easily be rolled to the workplace and turns into an in situ 'parent-child room' in no time at all, making it possible for a better work-life balance.

For times of parental leave, project leaders can apply for student assistants or substitutes to allow for the continuation of their project. 


Women in Science

The TRR259 is part of the Women in Science committee o improve the prospects of women in academia and progressively move from awareness to transformation.
 
Women in Science was founded by Prof. Irmgard Foerster and is now headed by Prof. Eva Kiermaier and Prof. Elvira Maas. The WIS committee consist of the 2 leaders and other scientists from the LIMES and the coordinator of the TRR259.
 
Together we want to provide a forum that will foster scientific and personal exchange to improve career development among women, and ultimately help to address the gender imbalance at senior levels. Thereby, the diversity of the committee is a great strength.

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Internationality

The TRR259 embraces diversity and coming from a total of 12 countries, the origins of our researchers investigating aortic diseases are diverse. This wide range of origins stimulates the exchange of cultures and perspectives and inspires creativity and innovation within our laboratories.

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Kontakt

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Denise Nehl

Scientific coordinator (Bonn)

Biomedical Center I, Building 13, 3OG, room 22

Venusberg-Campus 1

53127 Bonn

Department of Molecular Cardiology

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M.A. Anita Meißner

Scientific coordinator (Cologne)

Medizinisches Forschungszentrum I, Building 13.58.U1.room 56

Moorenstr. 5

40225 Düsseldorf

Division of Cardiology, Pulmonology and Vascular Medicine

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Nicola Willemsen

PhD-Student

Biomedical Center I, Building 13, 3OG, room 14

Venusberg-Campus 1

53127 Bonn

Department of Molecular Cardiology

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Prof. Dr. Gerhard Sengle

PI (B09)

Joseph-Stelzmann-Strasse 52

50931 Köln

Center for Biochemistry II

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Prof. Dr. Norbert Gerdes

PI (A05)

Mailbox 1125

Moorenstr. 5

40225 Düsseldorf

Moorenstr. 5, Building 13.58, U1, Room 003

Division of Cardiology, Pulmonology and Vascular Medicine

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Prof. Dr. Maria Grandoch

PI (B08)

Building 22.21

Universitätsstraße 1

40225 Düsseldorf

Institut für Translationale Pharmakologie

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