The IRTG “Baltic Peripeties” and its partners in Greifswald, Tartu and Trondheim promote equal opportunities, gender equality and a family-friendly research environment. Members of the IRTG benefit from targeted mentoring programmes and career support, such as needs-based coaching for female academics and assistance for international doctoral candidates. For colleagues with children, the IRTG provides baby- and child-friendly facilities and toys. In addition, the family service offers a comprehensive range of advice and concrete measures to directly assist with balancing the demands of work and study with family commitments.
- The Welcome Centre is the central point of contact for international academics and offers advice and practical help for any non-academic queries, e.g. arrival formalities, employment contracts and accommodation. International researchers with families are provided with information on accessing childcare provision and schools in Greifswald.
- The International Office coordinates international partnerships and supports students from abroad in any study-related, legal or social matters.
Inclusion and gender equality
- The commitment of the University of Greifswald to attaining equal opportunities is affirmed in its Main Regulations, the Mission Statement and Gender Equality Plan. The university complies with the Research-Oriented Equity and Diversity Standards of the German Research Foundation (DFG). It offers the following services:
- Mentoring initiative KarriereWegeMentoring for female early career researchers.
- Coaching programmes and workshops in cooperation with the Central Gender Equality Officer, the Hochschuldidaktik and the Graduate Academy.
- Support and promotion of an inclusive research environment: equal opportunities and gender equality, protection against discrimination, and disabilities.
- Flexible working hours, teleworking, and family-related leave.
Doctoral researchers with children
- The University of Greifswald provides a family-friendly infrastructure, such as baby changing facilities, breastfeeding and baby care rooms, as well as mobile toy boxes. The university cooperates with two childcare facilities, Uni-Kita (for employees of the University Medical Centre) and Campuskinder, where children of university students and employees have priority.
- The Family Service offers emergency childcare, a babysitter pool, holiday programmes, breastfeeding and emergency rooms and helps in finding childcare and private assistance services. It can also provide on-demand childcare during conferences and other events organised by the university.
- Support for doctoral researchers during pregnancy or parental leave, e.g. funding for a student or research assistant.
- Travel funds to enable doctoral researchers with children to participate in national and international conferences, external workshops, and summer schools.
- Child-friendly facilities at the premises of the IRTG, including a changing table, family room, and toys.