Decentralized Gender Consulting



Dr. Daniela Wilmes

Decentralized Gender Consulting


+49 241 80 90635




RWTH Aachen University employs a large number of young female scholars, who are working towards a professorship. In general, they are well integrated into their respective working groups and the scientific community. However, the university ranking according to equal opportunities (CEWS), shows that women are still under-represented in scholarly leadership positions. This also applies to RWTH Aachen University, where just 16,7% of professorships are held by women. One of the reasons for this is the so-called ‘leaky pipeline’: even though there are more female than male first-year students, significantly more women than men leave academia along the career ladder.

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Target setting

It is an important concern of RWTH Aachen to counteract this effect, to support young female researchers on their path to becoming a professor, thus raising the percentage of women in scholarly leadership positions in the long run. Therefore, with the pilot project Decentralized Gender Consulting, a counseling service has been created in which women are encouraged to tender and submit their own applications for their scientific advancement. Regarding equal opportunities, the project measures that already apply before the respective application and are aimed directly at individual junior scientists are to be understood as complementary to the existing counselling services offered by RWTH Aachen University.

Target Group

  • Postdocs
  • Junior professors

WIR-Brochure: "Gender and equal opportunities under Horizon 2020"

The contact point WIR (Women in EU-Research) published the brochure on Equal Opportunities and Gender under Horizon 2020. It informs about diverse aspects of the topic and about the WIR contact point. Additionally, the brochure entails examples of successful projects within Horizon 2020.