Equal Opportunities

The HGS MathComp is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to a pro-active and inclusive approach to equality, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture, and values diversity. We thus place great importance on selecting our candidates according to their qualification, not their circumstances of birth, upbringing, friendship ties to whoever is in power, religion, sex, ethnicity, race, social class, or personal attributes such as disability, age, gender, or sexual orientation. Focussing on equal opportunities, we pioneer several programmes creating a supportive environment for the minorities as below.

Women in Optimization

The workshop on March 2-4, 2015, puts a focus on female junior researchers, PhD students and students of Mathematics working in optimization. The central goal of this workshop is to provide advanced scientific training in the field of optimization, as well as an opportunity for networking in the optimization community, including topics like

  • Linear  / nonlinear optimization
  • Optimal control
  • Applied optimization and optimal control
  • Numerical Analysis 
  • Career planning
  • Combining work and family

For more information visit the   WIO-Homepage


On April 18, 2015, we invite all women, interested in an IT-career, to get together and join the network of women at IT. It doesn't matter if you are still in training or university, if you've just started to work or been able to gain some experience, this is the place to get some quick mentoring, proper training and profound networking.

There will be several items on the agenda (all held in German)

  • IT-Speed-Mentoring
  • Kurzworkshop "Sprechen in der Öffentlichkeit"
  • Networking

For more information visit our web-page   Frauen@IT

Gender equality

At the institutions participating in the HGS MathComp, the ratio of women is 30 percent for PhD students, postdocs and senior staff scientists. These numbers are better than at many other German institutions in the area of science, but still need to be improved. Given the current numbers, the promotion of gender equality is one of the top priorities for the institutions involved in the HGS.

HGS MathComp offers:

  • Full-time child care 
  • Short-term care
  • Olympia-Morata program
  • Flexible working hours 
  • Meetings scheduled for members with children

Measures for equal opportunities are planned in cooperation with the University.

Heidelberg Graduate School HGS MathComp

Get together & Talk: Women and Computer Sciences

The research project of the German funding agency DFG "Weltbilder der Informatik" aims to determine the influence of concepts and illusions of computer sciences on

  • the current social situation of computer science students
  • the overall goals of the dicipline
  • the scientific and economic output of computer sciences, e.g. software products etc.

For this purpose, Schinzel compared the students' world views, investigating the public image of computer sciences as well as the introspection of the discipline vis-à-vis with the social status of the students' communities. 

Prof. Dr. Britta Schinzel, Chair of Computer Sciences & Society, University of Freiburg, heads this very interesting, interdisciplinary research project. Her focus will be on her very first findings.

October 24, 2012, 7.15 pm, Institute of Mathematics, INF 288, lecture hall 2.

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Equal Opportunities at HGS MathComp


Science and Family

How to achieve excellent gender equality on all levels of a successful scientific career was shown on July 8th, 2011 by the   faculties of mathematics & computer sciences and   physics & astronomy. In the main lecture hall of the Kirchhoff Institute for nuclear physics the equal opportunities commissioners of both faculties organized a lecture series on how to achieve excellent gender equality. (more)

NEW: A database for female Postdocs and PhDs of the GESIS Leibnitz Institute for social sciences. (  more)



Dr. Michael J. Winckler
Administrative Director HGS MathComp

Phone: +49 6221 54 - 14 430
Email:    Dr. Michael J. Winckler