Equal Opportunity

CEPLAS strives to create the same conditions and opportunities for all members, irrespective of their life situation, sex, cultural background or age. We promote tolerance and appreciation and want to avoid unequal treatment of any kind. This is why we have established various offers to ensure greater equality and diversity within our research community.

International scientists from all around the world work together within CEPLAS – independent of their origin and ethnic affiliation. In addition, we have almost even numbers of male and female researchers working in the cluster. However, we see potential for improvement when it comes to female researchers on permanent high rank positions. Therefore, we especially support individual career paths of early career researchers and group leaders.

To pursue a personal career without restoring other responsibilities or changing one's own life plans is often challenging. We are therefore also committed to reconciling work and family life - from being parents to the care of relatives - and have established special offers.

Regular CEPLAS Equal Opportunity offers are divided into:

However, in case our offers are not applicable to your personal situation, please do not hesitate to contact us in confidence. We will do our best do find an individual solution for you.

The Cluster of Excellence CEPLAS appreciates diversity as a value and aims to trigger a change of perspective. With targeted measures, we want to raise awareness for this issue.

One of those measures is the implementation of a spokesperson for Equal Opportunities. This function is hold since 2012 by Prof. Dr. Ute Höcker. Furthermore, we have a coordinator for equal opportunities, Dr. Justine Groenewold, who is happy to advise you about our offers and support opportunities.

Office for Equal Opportunities

Prof. Dr. Ute Höcker
CEPLAS Ute Höcker


 +49 221 470-6897

Botanical Institute, Cologne Biocenter
University of Cologne

Zülpicher Straße 47b

50674 Cologne


Dr. Justine Groenewold
Foto Justine Lorek


 +49 221 470-4877

Cologne Biocenter, University of Cologne

Zülpicher Straße 47b

Room: 4.609

50674 Cologne

Heinrich Heine University
University of Cologne
Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research
Forschungszentrum Jülich