Equal Opportunity

Within CEPLAS, international scientists from all around the world work together, independent of their origin or ethnic affiliation. CEPLAS makes an effort to create the same conditions and opportunities for all members, irrespective of their gender, life situation, cultural or social background or age. We are committed to tolerance and appreciation and address decisively unequal treatment of any kind.

This is why we have established various measures to effectively ensure equality and diversity within our research community. Our three main areas of activity are:


Past achievements

  • Recruitment of four female professors (out of nine new faculty positions)
  • An elected scientific Equal Opportunity Representative in the CEPLAS decision-making committee (Steering Committee)
  • Establishment of an Equal Opportunity Board for the allocation of equal opportunity funds
  • Equal opportunity as evaluation criterium in the annual evaluation by our Scientific Advisory Board
  • Recruitment of an Equal Opportunity and Diversity Officer
  • Since 2013 support of 15 female and 4 male scientists in the frame of the helping hands program
  • Since 2013 support of 12 female scientists with coaching and mentoring
  • Since 2014 yearly Women’s Career Day
  • At both universities equipment for parents-child rooms
  • Currently support of two parents with day-care places


CEPLAS works closely with the equal opportunity, diversity officers and family support offices of the participating universities (HHU, UoC) and actively participates in the networks of equal opportunity professionals of “GenderConsulting” and "Equal Opportunity in DFG-Research consortia”. This enables collaboration with experts from various nationwide institutions and exchange of best practices.


Our first Report of the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Office is out!

Equal Opportunity Representative

Prof. Dr. Petra Bauer
CEPLAS Petra Bauer


+49 211 8113479

Institute of Botany
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Universitätsstraße 1

40225 Düsseldorf


Equal Opportunity Representative - Deputy

Jun-Prof. Dr. Maria Albani
CEPLAS Maria Albani


+49 221 5062380

Institute for Plant Sciences, Cologne Biocenter
University of Cologne c/o Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research

Carl-von-Linné-Weg 10

50829 Cologne


Equal Opportunity and Diversity Office

Claudia Balan


+49 211 81 15931

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Universitätsstraße 1

22.07, Level 01  32, Postbox 007

40225 Düsseldorf

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