GEOMAR celebrates the International Day for Women and Girls in Science

This year’s is motto: Innovate. Demonstrate. Elevate. Advance. Sustain.
IDEAS: Bringing everyone forward for Sustainable and Equitable Development

This year, the global movement #february11 celebrates its 8th anniversary. The day was founded with the goal of promoting gender equality in science, technology and innovation for socio-economically sustainable development, in line with the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Why do we need equality in science and why do we care?

High-quality research is most successful when it can select talents from a larger population.

Voices from the scientific community

“Do we want to include 50 per cent of the population in leadership positions or ignore it? That includes women in science, the LGBTQ* community, people of disability, people of different colors and different ethnicity. We will miss representatives of our community and on top of that, we are losing richness of opinions, business of expertise and experience.”
Dr. Eleni Anagnostou.

"It is up to us women to stand up to fight for these equal rights, so that our children can live in a in a world in which equality is no longer an issue, but a matter of course."
Dr. Stefanie Böhnke-Brandt

"Role models are important to remind us that we can accomplish anything we want, doesn't matter our gender or where we come from."
Dr. Maysa Ito

The "leaky pipeline" documents the loss of female employees with increasing career level. Gender-disaggregated data highlights the absence of women in leadership positions and at the professor:ing level. The overrepresentation of men in leadership positions (i.e., vertical segregation) is a worldwide phenomenon in research. The reasons for this segregation are complex and include various barriers at the individual, interactional, and institutional levels. There is already an equal gender ratio at the PhD level and short-term postdoctoral positions; the percentage of women at this stage is at 44 and 47 per cent (status: 31.12.2021). However, the proportion of women in permanent scientist and professorship positions is heavily underrepresented (24 and 33 per cent, respectively).

Within the framework of the Pact for Research and Science, all science organizations are required by the Joint Science Conference (GWK) to set target quotas for the individual management levels and remuneration groups in the scientific field for a period of five years in each case.