How can women’s career opportunities in science be improved? German research policy-makers and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation are not the only ones looking into this question. From the USA via Europe to Asia, and in South America as well as in Africa, everywhere women researchers are underrepresented und have to contend with the same problems. We asked women researchers from the most diverse countries, disciplines and career stages to tell us about their experiences and make suggestions for improving the situation. You can read the results and much, much more in this Newsletter.
Losing Out on Brain Power
Only about one in eight top positions in German research was held by a woman in 2007, relegating Germany to the bottom of the league Europe-wide. A conversation with Chemist Katharina Kohse-Höinghaus about causes and remedies. more ...
Three new Alexander von Humboldt Professors chosen
Two natural scientists and one humanities scholar from abroad receive Germany’s most valuable research award. more ...
On the path of human evolution
Timothy George Bromage of New York University College of Dentistry and Michael Tomasello of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig are the recipients of this year’s Max Planck Research Awards, valued at 750,000 EUR each. more ...
Careers with obstacles – Women in academia
They come from different countries, represent different disciplines, have all spent an extended period working in Germany and know from their own experience all about the hurdles women researchers have to overcome. 15 female Humboldtians talk about their own personal careers with obstacles. more ...