Portraits of female professors at FSU

Women account for more than half of all students at Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, but only one out of every nine professors is female. It is true that the proportion of female professors is rising steadily and that the University of Jena actively supports young female researchers in advancing their careers. However, as Professor Erika Kothe notes: "We still have a long way to go to achieve a gender balance at German universities." The Vice-Rector for young researchers and diversity management is convinced that while women students and doctoral candidates clearly need self-confidence and sufficient support from mentors, what they require above all are good role models.

The Friedrich Schiller University is in a position to offer such role models - the 47 female professors who do research and teach here. The University wishes to present these to its women students and young researchers, but more generally it also aims to raise public awareness of these successful academics. This is the goal of the University's new publication, 'Frauen in der Wissenschaft' (Women in academia), which can also be found on the Internet under: http://www.uni-jena.de/professorinnen (in German).

The portraits of female professors were presented to the public at a festive occasion on 13 February, which featured a lecture by the President of the German Research Foundation (DFG), Professor Matthias Kleiner.

"We are delighted that a figure such as Professor Kleiner could be here as he has made outstanding efforts to strengthen the role of women in science and research," says Professor Kothe.

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