Nationwide, we can observe a progressive “evaporation” or disappearance of highly qualified female researchers as they advance in their academic careers. The so-called “leaky pipeline” phenomenon also exists at the University of Mannheim. While the proportion of female scientists among postdocs is still a strong 43 %, it drops to 37 % among junior professors and even to 22 % among professors (as of December 1, 2022). This should change.
Equality and diversity play a major role in research and teaching in Mannheim. For example, the Mannheim Center for European Social Research (MZES) devotes one of its research foci to the question of how life courses and social inequalities can be influenced by changes in education systems, labor markets, and other social conditions. In the SFB/
The appointment guide and its fact sheets – prepared by the central equal opportunity officer – take into account the current state of research on topics of equality and diversity. This counteracts the “leaky pipeline” in appointment procedures. For further information, please see empirical evidence.