The gender equality players

To realize the gender equality mandate, a variety of players collaborate at the University of Stuttgart.

Many individuals and institutions in all areas of the university are committed to the shared goal of equality for women and men:


The diagram shows the levels of the various players and how they relate.
The diagram shows the levels of the various players and how they relate.

Area of responsibilities and tasks

Since 2006, the Rector of the University of Stuttgart has ultimate responsibility for equal opportunity and gender equality. Jointly with the Gender Equality Officer, the Rector chairs the Gender Advisory Committee with the Gender Equality Officer.

The Gender Equality Officer carries out her duties as a secondary function. She has three deputies in the University of Stuttgart and is elected for a two-year term by the Senate upon nomination by the Senate Committee on Diversity and Gender Equality. She acts in an advisory capacity in all bodies and is a voting member of the Senate. The Gender Equality Officer chairs the Senate Committee on Diversity and Gender Equality and jointly chairs the Gender Advisory Committee with the Rector.

Since October 2017, the Gender Equality Officer has been Prof. Dr. Nicole Radde.

Her deputies are: 

The Gender Equality Office is an administrative department under the Chancellor and is functionally assigned to the Gender Equality Officer. It advises and supports students and scientific staff of the University of Stuttgart, supports the Gender Equality Officer substantively and operationally in implementing conceptual measures.

The University’s Equal Opportunity Officer [de] is responsible for ensuring equal opportunity and gender equality for non-academic employees.

The Gender Advisory Committee prepares strategic gender equality concepts and oversees their implementation. Its members include, in addition to the two chairpersons (the Rector and the Gender Equality Officer), the Chancellor, representatives from each research group and status group. In addition, there are subject matter experts. The Gender Equality Office handles administrative functions.

The Senate Committee Diversity and Gender Equality is a consultative committee with the following responsibilities: substantively support for the Gender Equality Officer, prepare gender equality policy-related materials for the Senate, nominate the Gender Equality Officer and her deputies for election.

The Committee membership is made up of two representatives for each status group and the deputy Gender Equality Officers (as guests). The Gender Equality Officer chairs the committee. Administrative matters are handled by the Gender Equality Office.

Dean are charged with working out faculty-specific goals relative to women’s share of all status and eligibility levels that are to be achieved by the respective faculty. They are also responsible for achieving these self-imposed targets and for gender reporting for their respective faculties.

Each faculty’s students and scientists elect a faculty gender equality representative for a two-year term to help implement equal opportunity and gender equality in the faculty. They cooperate with the university’s Gender Equality Officer. Jointly with the dean, they prepare the annual gender equality report. They support the faculty’s efforts to increase the proportion of women from among students up to and including professorships.

Faculty Faculty gender equality officers Proxies
1 Dipl.-Ing. Kyra Bullert Dipl.-Ing. Kerstin Heidemann
2 Dipl.-Ing. Elke Schneider  
3 Dr. Maria Buchweitz Dr. Brigitte Schwederski 
4 Dr.-Ing. Magdalena Speicher
Dr. Tatjana Kleinow
5 Dr. Emna Eitel M.Sc. Laura Manoliu
6 Dr.-Ing. Kathrin Schulte Esther Blumendeller M.Sc.
7 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Cristina Tarin Dipl.-Ing. Christine dos Santos Costa
8 Prof. Dr. Andrea Barth  
9 Dr. Anja Thaller Dr. Julia Zons
10 Dipl.-Gwl. Matthias Wyrwal  

The two-year term in office of the currently serving faculty gender equality representatives expires on 30 September, 2018.

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