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Diversity Instead of Uniformity

How does diversity advance scientific progress?

Diversity management, gender equality and internationalization have become guiding principles for almost all scientific institutions, especially in Berlin. At the beginning of the year, DFG President Katja Becker stressed that diversity and excellence are inseparable concepts for her. However, it remains true that the further up the career ladder you go, the more uniform the people who reach these positions tend to be. At the same time, many scientists have problems establishing themselves in Germany and face problems with the language, bureaucracy and other personal challenges. Unfortunately, it is also evident that people in the scientific environment are not spared from experiences of discrimination and prejudice.

These are issues that a global science capital like Berlin needs to address. We are taking stock: What is the current state of diversity in German academia? What problems do international researchers face in Germany? How can Berlin in particular tackle these challenges here and actively promote diversity?

The initiative organizing this panel discussion: Strengthening Berlin as an international science metropolis is the goal of a joint initiative of the capital’s non-university research institutions. At the beginning of 2020, they joined forces to form BR50 (Berlin Research 50). Further information:

This event can be attended digitally via livestream or in-person with a limited on-site audience at the Museum of Natural History.

Shortly before the event begins, the stream will be made available on this site. Add the event to your favourites and receive a reminder via email.

If you would like to attend the event on-site, please book your spot by October 29 via e-mail to BR50 office: .

Due to the current situation, we are required to ask for the contact information of each person entering the Museum of Natural History in accordance with the Protection Against Infection Act. We therefore require the following data from all persons who register: First name, last name, address, telephone number and email address.

On-site the protective and hygienic measures of the Museum of Natural History apply. The so-called 3G rule (for “geimpft, genesen oder getestet“, i.e. “vaccinated, recovered or tested”) will be applied: Anyone who is not fully vaccinated or is not considered recovered will be required to provide a recent negative Covid-19 test. Visiting the event is permitted with a medical face mask only.

The registration data will be stored by the BR50 offices at WZB Berlin and FVB for the purpose of organizing the event as well as for any subsequent contact follow-up and will also be shared with the organizers of Berlin Science Week and the Museum of Natural History for this purpose.

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Museum für Naturkunde
Invalidenstraße 43
10115 Berlin




Berlin Research 50 (BR50) | Franziska Emmerling, Noa K. Ha, Ivona Kafedjiska, Luc De Meester