Gender and Diversity


Equality, equal opportunities and the appreciation of diversity are fundamental principles of our university culture – both in studying and teaching as well as in research and in the university management. With the central goal of being an attractive place of study and work for committed students and employees from Germany and abroad, RWTH Aachen University works actively to eliminate prejudices, stereotypical thought patterns and discrimination. All university members are enabled to develop their individual potential; regardless of their gender, socio-cultural background, physical disability or chronic illness.
In this context, employees and students have access to numerous offers, measures and services, such as counseling on the topics of equal treatment and nondiscrimination, compatibility of family responsibilities and career, and studying with a disability or chronic illness. Female students, doctoral candidates and postdocs can actively shape their careers with the help of the TANDEM mentoring programs. Gender Consulting is available to advise researchers on the application process for DFG-funded research alliances and third-party funded projects. The quarterly newsletter "Chancengerechte Hochschule" (Equal Opportunities University) informs all university members about the topics of equality, compatibility and diversity in the university context.

All faculties of RWTH Aachen University are committed to demanding and promoting equal and collaborative work between all persons in research, teaching, service and study.

Equal Opportunities Officer: Prof. Dr. Erika Abraham (Adivising concerning Equal Treatment, Sexual Harassment, Gendersensitive Language Use, etc.)

Representatives in the faculty: Prof. Dr. Gabriele Pradel, Dr. Malgorzata Worek, Mrs. Helen Bolke-Hermanns, Dr. Monika Reiss, Prof. Dr. Geraldine Zimmer-Bensch, Dr. Alexandra Wormit, Dr. Nursen Sözer, Prof. Dr. Eva Zerz, Prof. Dr. Gabriele Nebe, Prof. Dr. Maria Westdickenberg, Prof. Dr. Maria Kateri, Prof. Dr. Johanna Heitzer, Prof. Dr. Regina Palkovits, Prof. Dr. Meike Niggemann, Prof. Dr. Iris Oppel, Dr. Marlies Fabry, Dr. Alina Adams, Dr. Sandra Kiefer

Internal Links

Equal Opportunities Office at RWTH Aachen

Staff Unit Integration Team – Human Resources, Gender and Diversity Management (IGaD)

RWTH Statement Against Racism and Discrimination

Newsletter „Equal Opportunities University“ (DE)


Gleichstellungsplan der Fakultät und der RWTH (Rahmenplan, DE)

Staff Development Concept

Inklusionsvereinbarung (DE)

Equal Opportunities Action Plan 2017-2022

Joint Guidelines Equal Opportunities

Golden Rules for Family Friendly Management

Gender-neutral Language Flyer (DE)

Sexual Harassment and Discrimination


Prädikat TOTAL E-QUALITY mit Diversity (DE)

Charta der Vielfalt (DE)

audit familiengerechte hochschule (DE)