Gender Equality and Diversity

Mathematics Münster is a research hub for all its members and guests. We welcome people of all genders, cultural or religious backgrounds or world views, social backgrounds, mental or physical abilities, sexual orientations, ages, ethnicities, nationalities or other aspects of diversity. Our vision is a research community in which diversity is appreciated, and in which interaction, communication, and processes are non-discriminatory in every aspect.

Celebrating diversity and removing barriers allows us all to thrive and successfully collaborate.

  • 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 six assistant professorships (Juniorprofessuren) 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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Diversity

Mathematics Münster is a hub for all researches - united by their passion for mathematics.

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)

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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 six assistant professor positions (Juniorprofessuren) equipped with an attractive start-up package were established. The positions run for 3+3 years.

 

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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 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 2022 were granted to:

  • Edith Hübner (workgroup Thomas Nikolaus)
  • Margarete Ketelsen (workgroup Franziska Jahnke)

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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.