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Equal Opportunities Officer

Equality and Diversity

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Diversity and gender equality are important to us. At the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, people from many different countries and backgrounds work and study together.

Diversity and gender equality are important to us. At the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, people from many different countries and backgrounds work and study together.

FIELDS OF ACTIVITY

The faculty’s Equal Opportunities Officer:

  • Supports all groups, including students, researchers, professors and ancillary staff.
  • Ensures that equality and gender are considered when pursuing the goals of the faculty.
  • Participates in matters relating to personnel, organisation and community, such as appointments and professional development.
  • Works to improve the options for combining study and work with a family.
Equal opportunities officers

According to the constitution of Leibniz University Hannover, the faculties elect equal opportunities officers. These officers fulfil this role in addition to their normal responsibilities, ensuring that women and men are treatly equally and that any disadvantages are rectified, as required by law in Lower Saxony. The officers are nominated by an assembly of all faculty members and confirmed by the Faculty Board for a period of two years.


CONTACTS

apl. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Phys. Kirsten Weide-Zaage
Equal Opportunities Officer
Address
Appelstraße 11
30167 Hannover
Address
Appelstraße 11
30167 Hannover
Non-public person

GOALS, MEASURES AND PROJECTS

Goal "Increasing the number of new students"

Measures: Give school pupils the opportunity to learn about student life and the content of degree programmes at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. This shall ideally take the form of a series of events, with staff meeting the same students several times during the course of their school careers (for ages 9-18).

Further activities:

  • Work experience placements for school pupils
  • Voluntary scientific gap year
  • Exhibition trailer
  • Talent Academy of Lower Saxony
  • School sponsorships

Goal "Improving continuing education"

Measure: Networking events for all women at the faculty.

Goal "Increasing the number of women and men where they are underrepresented"

Measures: workshops on topics which are important for career development, confidence and assertiveness; communication training for women in male-dominated fields; a workshop on communication and confident self-presentation.

DIVERSITY WORKING GROUP

The Diversity Working Group at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is responsible for promoting gender equality in all fields. It also works to remove disadvantages, for example by providing opinions and recommending projects which advance opportunities for women. The working group brings together people from all roles and supports the Equal Opportunities Officer.

The current members of the Diversity Working Group are (01/01/18):

Professors

  • Prof. Richard Hanke-Rauschenbach
  • Prof. Eirini Ntoutsi
  • apl. Prof. Guillermo Paya-Vaya

Assistant in administration and technical services

  • Anette Hickel
  • Thomas Marisken

Equal Opportunities Officer

  • Ilona Esz
  • Kirsten Weide-Zaage

Eesearch staff

  • Dr. Astrid Bensmann
  • Dr. Markus Olbrich

 Students

  • Tristan Kruse
  • Hannes Südkamp
  • Dennis Brinschwitz
  • Lukas Prause

 

 

Guest Professor for Gender and Diversity

The Diversity Working Group has been developed from the earlier Diversity Commission and continues the work which began at the faculty in 2010. In the Winter Semester 2013-14, a Guest Professor for Gender and Diversity was appointed to the faculty. This position was filled by Dr Armgard von Reden.