Cooperation with Center for Gender Studies

Kick-off: Talk by Andrea Zimmermann at the NCCR retreat in Magglingen on May 29th 2018.

Offering gender & diversity trainings and support for female researchers

While this NCCR recognizes that gender stereotypes exist in various areas of life we are strongly committed to assure that the fundamental right of equality between men and woman can be exercised in our group of researchers. To underline these efforts we have invited the renowned Center for Gender Studies (CGS, Basel University) to become our critical scientific partner. Being supported and assessed by this group of scientists continuously in light of the state of the art gender research shall enable us to identify and wherever necessary correct our own professional patterns of behaviour in this field. Particularly the issue of gender bias in the recruitment process and within the structures of everyday work life will play a pivotal role here. Together with the Center for Gender Studies we will:

1. Analyse the EO approach of this NCCR in the past. 

2. Develop an action plan which will help us improve our efforts and lead to more measurable results.

3. Advance the recruitment of female professors. 

4. Support particularly female PhD students to continue in their scientific careers. 

5. Rethink and where necessary redefine our concept of equality at large (→inclusion).

The project entitled “Gender & Science. Analysing Gender Structures in the NCCR MSE” has started on 1 June 2018 and is designed for three years. It aims at developing tools to support female researchers in their career and designing gender & diversity trainings for project leaders.

The project team

Andrea Zimmermann (CGS)

Fleur Weibel (CGS)

Andrea Maihofer (CGS)

Ralf Stutzki (NCCR MSE)

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November 2020:

On the 20th and 21th November the "Think Tank Gender & Diversity" hosted the online conference "Critical Gender and Diversity Knowledge. Challenges and Prospects". Andrea Zimmermann and Fleur Weibel co-organized the panel "Männliche Räume der Macht. Wie gelingt eine Transformation der Geschlechterordnung in Wissenschaft und Politik?" in which they spoke about the cooperation project "Gender & Science". Together with the other panelists Tamara Funiciello, Simona Isler, Raquel Delgado Moreira and Sarah Schilliger they discussed about necessary steps and impulses to achieve a structural and cultural transformation of the gender ratio in science and politics.

On the 4th and 5th November the "Scientific Excellence and Equality - a Contradiction" conference took place. Dr. Tom Welton was invited as key-speaker. In a second session, Fleur Weibel and Andrea Zimmermann presented their findings of the cooperation-project "Gender and Science: Analysing Gender Structures in the NCCR MSE". The outcomes and measures were discussed lively within the participants.

In the "ZDfm- Zeitschrift für Diversitätsforschung und -management 2/2020" Fleur Weibel and Andrea Zimmermann published an article with the title "Gender & Science. Das Potenzial von Inclusion für die Transformation wissenschaftlicher Machtverhältnisse am Beispiel eine nationalen Forschungsschwerpunkts".


February 2020:

On the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on 11 February, the University of Basel featured an exhibition on famous female scientists and hosted a public panel discussion with guests from industry and research. On behalf of the cooperation project “Gender & Science”, Fleur Weibel was one of the panelists and discussed strategies for increasing gender balance in science.


November 2019:

Fleur Weibel from the research team "Gender & Science" attended the NCCR Exchange Platform on Equal Opportunities organized by the SNSF on November 8, 2019. The presentations and posters of the equal opportunity officers of the sixteen NCCRs allowed us to gain an impression of the different strategies and measures that are currently being applied in the NCCRs to promote equal opportunities. The meeting also gave us the chance to deepen contacts with exponents of the SNSF and other NCCRs who showed great interest in our cooperation project with the NCCR MSE.


August 2019:

Four researchers with expertise in the field of STEM, Gender and Science Studies have confirmed to be part of the scientific advisory board. The research team „Gender & Science“ is really happy to discuss its findings and further steps with the following experts:

Prof. Dr. Anelis Kaiser
Professor for Gender Studies in STEM at the Department for Computer Science, University of Freiburg i.Br. Main research topics are a.o. feminist neuroscience, inter- and transdisciplinarity between Science and Gender Studies and Neurogenderings.

Prof. Dr. Ruth Müller
Professor of Science and Technology Policy, Munich Center for Technology in Society, TU Munich. Prof. Müller holds degrees in molecular biology (M.Sc.) and sociology (PhD). Her research explores the interactions between science policy and research practices, including issues of justice, responsibility and equity in science. She is an expert in interdisciplinary collaboration.

Prof. Dr. Markus Prechtl
Professor for chemical education at the TU Darmstadt. He is interested in the players and the organization of the natural sciences and looks into the subject of the stereotypical image of the particular sciences. He currently manages the project DiSenSu for career orientation for girls with a migration background.

Dr. habil. Sigrid Schmitz
Until 2018 visiting professor for Gender & Science at the HU Berlin.
Her main research interests are the dialogue between Gender Studies and STEM and brainresearch/ modern neocultures and gender. Currently she is a lecturer at the Center for Gender Studies at the University of Basel.


July 2019:

The center for gender studies’ research team had the chance to meet internationally-known advocate of equality in sciences and renowned professor for chemistry, Paul Walton, for an expert interview. Later in the day he gave a talk at the SeminBar about „Gender equality: why is it taking so long?“ which was followed by lively discussions. With this very interesting and rewarding encounter the explorative phase of the research project „Gender & Science“ has successfully come to an end. The research team wishes everyone an enjoyable summer and will be back in a few weeks for the second research phase with the main interview series with PhDs, Postdocs and PIs of the NCCR MSE. 


May 2019:

The research team "Gender & Science" participated with a presentation on the current representation of women in the NCCRs (see picture) and a workshop on 'Life planning, Career & Gender' at the Fellow Retreat 2019. During the retreat, there were exciting discussions with Fellows and PIs and the research team gained many exciting insights.
The cooperation project is already proving to be very fruitful and the team looks forward to continuing the cooperation.


December 2018:

During participant observations in the labs the research team "gender & science" gained interesting insights into the daily routine and the activities of the NCCR MSE. As a next step interviews with experts are going to take place. The research team of the Center of Gender Studies at Basel University is looking forward to the ongoing collaboration with the NCCR MSE in the coming year.


Oktober 2018:

  • The project team (Andrea Zimmermann CGS, Fleur Weibel CGS, Andrea Maihofer CGS & Ralf Stutzki NCCR) have evaluated the relevant corpus of literature as well as at the structure of the NCCR MSE
  • The research design has been adapted accordingly
  • Starting in November Andrea Zimmermann and Fleur Weibel are going to interview experts inside and outside the NCCR and will
  • Conduct participant observation in the labs of the NCCR MSE to learn about the patterns of everyday work life at the NCCR


June 2018:

  • Start of project
  • Introduction into research plan and discussion with NCCR MSE stakeholders at fellow retreat in Magglingen