The mission of EAM is not only to demonstrate excellence in science but also to pay equal attention to gender issues in order to become the institution with the best and most balanced opportunities for women in science and engineering.
FAU and EAM are very active in implementing the DFG’s research-oriented standards for achieving and maintaining gender equality and increasing the proportion of women according to the so-called “cascade model” at all levels of academic positions. Equal-opportunity issues have been integrated in internal structures and processes at all organizational levels. A close-knit network of services that promote the compatibility of academic careers and family life (childcare, emergency family care, temporary day-care, etc.) has been set up to help families to find a work-life balance. The Dual Career Service is currently being expanded.
The FAU specifically focuses on applicants from the underrepresented gender in individual fields (e.g. traineeships “Girls and Technology”). Career promotion for female students and young female academics has been established through the “Fit for Science” program. The gender-equality activities of the FAU have earned the university several supraregional awards. According to the DFG, FAU has already implemented a “convincing overall concept”.