Georg-Speyer-Haus. Foto: Andreas Reeg, Research for Life
Georg-Speyer-Haus. Foto: Andreas Reeg,
Georg-Speyer-Haus. Foto: Andreas Reeg,
Georg-Speyer-Haus. Foto: Andreas Reeg,
Georg-Speyer-Haus. Foto: Andreas Reeg,

Dr. Sandra Schmitz
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

T: +4969-63395-127


Dr. Alina Jurcoane
EU Coordinator

T: +4969-63395-780

Gender Equality

The GSH pursues the goal of equal opportunities for all its employees. Specifically, we promote gender equality, diversity, family friendliness, and inclusion. We strive for the equal participation of all genders in all departments, and we pursue the consistent elimination of discrimination based on a person’s gender, disability, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, age, faith or religious and political beliefs. We are committed to establishing and developing research and working conditions in a family-friendly environment in all areas. We aim at hiring and promoting talents irrespective of gender or race, promote diversity at the institute and we offer training, work and qualification prospects in accordance with equal opportunities. To reach these aims, we dedicate resources to specific measures:


  1. Raise awareness on gender balance among the employees and decision-making bodies
  2. Implement and adhere to the principles of equal treatment
  3. Zero tolerance of gender-based violence including sexual harassment
  4. Monitor and improve


Further details can be found in our publicly available Gender Equality Plan.


As part of the European Commission’s Gender Equality Strategy for 2020-2025, the European Commission is committed to promoting gender equality in research and innovation. Gender equality and gender mainstreaming in research has been one of the priorities in achieving the European Research Area with actions on three main areas:

  1. Promoting gender equality in careers
  2. Ensuring gender balance in decision-making
  3. Integrating the gender dimension in research and innovation content and programs

As of 2022, participation in the new European Framework Program requires having a Gender Equality Plan (GEP) for public bodies, research organizations and higher education establishments.


Taking concrete action for equality
  1. Public document – We have the commitment and support from the Executive Board with regards to setting and reaching the goals outlined in our GEP.
  2. Dedicated Resources – Dr. Sandra Schmitz is the GSH representative for equality and diversity. She is supported by Dr. Alina Jurcoane, the coordinator for EU-funded projects at GSH and Franziska Hasslinger-Pajtler, head of Administration at the GSH. In addition, through a contractually regulated cooperation, GSH finances a staff position in the Equality Office of the Goethe University on a pro-rata basis.
  3. Data collection and monitoring – GSH yearly updates its GEP and issues an internal gender equality report that include the proportion of women and men in non-academic, academic and decision-making positions as well as measures meant to improve the situation.
  4. Training – GSH staff can participate in equality-related-topics training and individual coaching sessions arranged in-house or through the contractually regulated cooperation between the GSH and the Equal Opportunities Office of the Goethe University Frankfurt and the Rhine-Main-Universities. Additionally, our female researchers have access to mentoring programs that prepare highly qualified women for senior positions. We are currently establishing a GSH graduate school that will offer our researchers an even greater opportunity to develop their skills and competences. We complement these efforts by offering yearly inspirational lectures and internship opportunities to high school students.

Please click here to get the detailed Gender Equality Plan as PDF.


Read more

Learn more about the European Commission’s gender equality strategy: A Union of Equality: Strategy for Gender Equality 2020-2025.
Find interesting facts and figures in the report She Figures 2021: Gender in research and innovation : statistics and indicators.
Dr. Medyouf joins the academianet expert database for outstanding female academics.
Read more news about the GSH in our newsroom.

The Georg-Speyer-Haus was able to set up a modern parent-child office with the generous support of the German Research Foundation (DFG), among others. For the compatibility of work and family, age-appropriate children’s furniture as well as toys for children between the ages of 1 year and 8 years are available in the parent-child office, and a complete office workstation has been set up for the parents. The parent-child office can be booked via GSH Booking.




Your direct contact

Hana Kunkel
T: +4969-63395-710