Gender Equality and Diversity

Our vision is to be a research community, in which all members have equal opportunities to reach their potential and are supported to contribute fully to research and the research community. Reducing inequalities and celebrating diversity allows us all to thrive.

An equal, diverse and inclusive space is fundamental to our success and scientific excellence.

  • Gender equality

    Gender equality on all levels

    We support underrepresented groups and aim to increase gender equality on all levels, e.g. through established programmes such as the MATHRIX Professorship, the Ada Lovelace Fellowships for excellent PhD students, and the MINT Mentoring Programme for outstanding female master’s students.

  • Professors

    Female Professors at Mathematics Münster

    We actively encourage female scientists to apply for open professorship positions at Mathematics Münster.

    With our MATHRIX Assistant Professor Programme we attract female postdocs early in their academic career.
    The Faculty for Mathematics and Computer Science has set up the MATHRIX Assistant Professor Programme to promote gender equality in the mathematical sciences. We created two assistant professorships equipped with an attractive start-up package.


    More informoation on the Mathrix Assistant Professorship Programme

    Programmes for women professors by the WWU Gender Equality Office

  • Postdocs

    Establish your research at Mathematics Münster

    We encourage female mathematicians to pursue an academic career. From the application process onwards, we support our female postdocs: Starting with an awareness of the “quota” of applicants and open positions, later on by workshops and mentoring.

    Learn more about our Mathematics Münster Postdoc Programme.


    Why not apply for our Mathrix Assistant Professorship Programme ?

    WWU Gender fund pooling workshop programme (de): promoting the gender equality activities of the DFG-funded clusters of excellence, CRCs and Research Training Groups

    Programmes for young women scientists by the WWU Gender equality office (de)

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    Doctoral researchers

    Persuing a doctorate in mathematics

    We encourage female students to pursue a doctorate in mathematics. From the application process onwards we support our female doctoral students: Starting with an awareness of the “quota” of applicants and open positions, later on by workshops and mentoring.

    Ada Lovelace Fellowships for doctoral researchers

    The goal of the Ada Lovelace fellowships is to attract and award excellent women on PhD level by offering a 25% supplementary position. The selection of the fellows by the AfWiN (Committee on Research and Young Scientists) is based on the academic performance and grades which have already been achieved in the Bachelor and Master studies.


    Programmes for young women scientists by the WWU Gender equality office

    WWU Gender fund pooling workshop programme (DE): promoting the gender equality activities of the DFG-funded clusters of excellence, CRCs and Research Training Groups

  • Master

    MINT Mentoring Programme for Master students

    The Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science offers a mentoring group to all female students, working on their master thesis in mathematics or computer science. A mentoring group consists of a female PhD student or postdoctoral researcher as a mentor and three students as mentees. In group or individual meetings mentees learn from the mentor's experiences. In particular, the mentees are supported in writing their master's thesis, in career planning and developing skill and competencies.
    If you are interested, please send an e-mail to gleich10@uni-muenster.de.


    Master of Science Programme Mathematics Münster

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Events and Seminars

We offer seminars and events with women in focus targeted at a broad audience or targeted especially at women.
For the annual International Women in Math Day, we implement various events ranging from soft skill training to the invitation of female speakers. At the Ada Lovelace Seminar our Fellowship holders receive a certificate for their achievements and they have the opportunity to present their research to the whole department.
Regularly, networking opportunities, like the "Stammtisch" and training courses are offered to women, e.g. on leadership, communication and presentation skills.

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MATHRIX Assistant Professor Programme

The Faculty for Mathematics and Computer Science has set up the MATHRIX Assistant Professor Programme to support gender equality in the mathematical sciences. For that purpose two assistant professor positions equipped with an attractive start-up package were established. The positions run for 3+3 years each with regular calls for applications.

MATHRIX Professors at the mathematical institutes

  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Kristin Courtney, Mathematical Institute (since 2022)
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Anna Gusakova, Institute for Mathematical Stochastics (since 2021)
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Theresa Simon, Institute for Applied Mathematics (since 2021)
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Aleksandra Kwiatkowska, Institute for Mathematical Logic and Foundations of Mathematics (since 2020)
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Franziska Jahnke, Institute for Mathematical Logic and Foundations of Mathematics, area model theory of fields (since 2017)
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Mira Schedensack, Applied Mathematics: Institute for Analysis and Numerics, area numerical analysis of partial differential equations (2017-2019)

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Ada Lovelace Fellowships for doctoral researchers

The goal of the Ada Lovelace fellowships is to attract and award excellent women on the PhD level by offering a 25% supplementary position. The selection of the fellows by the AfWiN (Committee on Research and Young Scientists) is based on the academic performance and grades which have already been achieved in the Bachelor's and Master's degree.

The Ada Lovelace Fellowships 2021 were granted to:

  • Azul Fatalini (workgroup Prof. Schindler)
  • Judith Lutz (workgroup Prof. Deninger)
  • Luisa Meinke (workgroup Prof. Hellmann)

Diversity

We believe Diversity makes our life and our research richer and better. Integrating many different perspectives from different people leads to better ideas and a stronger community.
Mathematics Münster is a hub for all researches, regardless of their cultural or religious background, their handicap, their sexual orientation or ethnicity.
People with disabilities are part of our community and with facilities/rooms available to support them taking part in everyday life at Mathematics Münster.

Mutual respect, a cosmopolitan mindset, internationality and diverse perspectives – situated at the centre of society, the University of Münster embraces diversity in all its dimensions. The diversity of our University staff and students with their unique characteristics, skills and perspectives is what drives and challenges us. (WWU)