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Reconciling Work/Studies and Family Life during the Coronavirus Crisis

For weeks now, life has been at a standstill - or upside down. On our website, we have compiled a number of useful links on various topics  – all of them are related to the issue of reconciling family and career or family and studies during the coronavirus crisis.

If you have any further questions, please contact 

(as at: November 9, 2020)

    Internal information

  • Information on the coronavirus crisis provided by the University of Mannheim

    For information on the current coronavirus pandemic and the measures adopted by the University of Mannheim, please see the page Coronavirus: Current Measures and Recommendations of the University of Mannheim. This page is constantly being updated.

  • Amendments to the academic fixed-term contract act (WissZeitVG)

    After the fulfilment of certain requirements, two amendments to the WisszeitVG will allow for the extension of the researcher contracts, the temporary civil service contracts of junior professors and academic councils by up to six months. Please contact your responsible administrator to find out about your options.

    Employees with the following employment contracts are affected:

    • Employment contracts in accordance with section 2 subsection 1 WissZeitVG that existed between March 1, 2020 and September 30, 2020 - the maximum contract duration will be extended by another six months (i. e. by 12 months in total).
    • Employment contracts in accordance with section 2 subsection 1 WissZeitVG that were/will be commenced between October 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021 - the maximum contract duration will be extended by six months.

    Please contact your responsible advisor to speak about your options.

  • Human Resources department

    On the intranet for employees you will find answers to relevant labor law-related questions. This page is constantly being updated and adapted to the latest developments. You can obtain information on, for example, leave of absence for employees or the certificate of indispensability for emergency child care.

  • Advice and support for researchers with family responsibilities

    The university has launched the FAIR@UMA special program to support researchers with family obligations during their qualification phase by providing funds for the employment of research assistants.

  • Council of Academic Staff Members

    The Council of Academic Staff Members has compiled important information for non-professorial teaching staff.

  • Student Services

    The Student Services inform the students primarily via e-mail. Apart from that, the most important information can be found at The Student Services are available via e-mail. We are happy to provide support and advice. Students with family responsibilities can find advice or support at any time from the respective competent advisor.

    Further assistance

  • Victims of violence

    Women, children, and young people as well as their parents can use the nationwide support hotlines also during this time of crisis if they have suffered violence:

    • An overview of emergency contacts is provided by the German Prevention Day (nationwide emergency numbers and online advice services)
    • Violence against Women support hotline:

      The Violence against Women support hotline provides advice on all forms of violence - around the clock and free of charge - by calling 08000 116 016 and online at Counselling is anonymous, confidential, barrier-free and available in 17 foreign languages. On request, the counsellors will refer you to a local support facility. Friends, relatives and professionals can also contact the “Violence against women” help line.

    • City of Mannheim:
      The City of Mannheim has also compiled a list of regional and national assistance services and places to go for help and advice. Since May 4, 2020, additional counseling services for families, such as a family telephone, have been established.
    • Heidelberg and the Rhein-Neckar Metropolitan Region
      For Heidelberg and the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region, the guide4you project offers support by guiding affected women* affected by domestic violence through personal accompaniment. Until July 2021, an anonymous questionnaire ( is now available in 8 languages, the results of which will be used to adapt the help system to the needs of women*.
    • Nummer gegen Kummer and Elterntelefon
      The Nummer gegen Kummer (116 111) service for children and adolescents or the Elterntelefon (0800 111 0550)  for parents are currently increasing their range of telephone advice services.
    • Federal Ministry for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth
      Poster campaign “Not safe at home?” informs about offers of help
  • Initiatives for the prevention of violence

    • Behandlungsinitiative Opferschutz (BIOS-BW):
      The Behandlungsinitiative Opferschutz (BIOS-BW) initiative offers therapeutic assistance by telephone for people who fear that they might commit a crime. Especially people who have sexual fantasies about children or people who have a tendency to commit violent crimes can use this free of charge and anonymous service by calling the nationwide free hotline: 0800 70 222 40 (Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
    • Bundesforum Männer:
      Survival kit for men feeling under pressure who do not want to lose control in crisis situations.
  • Additional support services

    Available support services ranging from general information on reconciling work and family life during the coronavirus pandemic to information for informal caregivers and topics such as pregnancy and financial assistance:

  • Psychological counseling

    BDP Corona Hotline  
    The BDP Corona Hotline offers psychological counsellings during the coronavirus crisis thanks to the voluntary work of members of the Association of German Professional Psychologists (Berufsverbands deutscher Psychologinnen und Psychologen, BDP). On  0800 777 22 44, the hotline is available every day from 08:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Psychological Counseling Services of the Studierendenwerk
    The Psychological Counseling Services of the Studierendenwerk (PBS)  offers psychological counsellings during the coronavirus crisis:

    • Counseling services are offered via e-mail, telephone, and video; Mon-Thu: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. , Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., phone: 0621-49072-555 – counsellings are also offered in English!
    • Advice on housing and financing options can also be provided “to go” at ground level and through the window.
    • 10 tips for handling the coronavirus crisis

    Information of the City of Mannheim on psychological counseling services for children, adolescents, and parents:

    • Beratungsstelle Nord, phone: 0621-293-5530
    • Beratungsstelle Mitte, phone: 0621-293-8866
    • Beratungsstelle Süd, phone: 0621-293-6040
    • Homepage: (including information on advice centers of independent institutions)

    BeKo Rhein-Neckar

    • BeKo Rhein-Neckar is a specialist advice centre for people who are affected by a highly stressful event. These stressful events include, for example, burglary, fraud, violence, accidents, suicide of a close person or other accidents. The advice and information offered is free of charge, anonymous on request and neutral in terms of ideology.

    Initial point of contact and counseling service  of the Department of Gender Equality and Social Diversity

    • The initial point of contact and counseling service of the Department of Gender Equality and Social Diversity is available by e-mail (ute.pfruender(at) and will always have a sympathetic ear for you.