Innovative science depends on a diversity of viewpoints, yet a number of groups are underrepresented in STEM fields based on factors including (but not limited to) gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability, and age.
In line with the Diversity Mission Statement of the Charité, NeuroCure is committed to working towards greater diversity in science. Below are some resources to help us create more inclusive, fair, and safe working environments for all.
We aim to continually improve our understanding of these issues. Please feel welcome to contact us with comments, questions, and suggestions.
Unconscious bias is a preference for, or prejudice against, a thing, person, or group based on stereotypes shaped by our background, culture, and personal experiences. Unconscious biases operate outside our conscious awareness and may even be incompatible with our consciously held values and beliefs. They can affect recruitment and selection processes and negatively impact the diversity of an organization.
A key step in counteracting unconscious bias is to become aware of it. Below are some tools to help individuals and organizations become more aware of their own biases.
Implicit Association Tests – Test your own unconscious bias with the Harvard IAT tests.
Recruitment Bias in Research Institutes –This short film by the CERCA Institute raises awareness about unconscious bias in recruitment processes.
WAGES Workshop – WAGES is an experiential learning activity about the sources and cumulative effects of unconscious gender bias. Created at Penn State University, WAGES is offered as part of a workshop by NeuroCure. Contact Kim Mason for details.
The way we use language can reinforce - or counteract - stereotypes about which groups of people are best suited to a given field. The resources below can support a more inclusive use of language for science and academia:
Geschlechtergerechte Sprache an der Charité (Charité, German)
Geschlechtergerecht in Sprache und Bild (FU Berlin, German)
Sprache ist vielfältig – Leitfaden der HU für geschlechtergerechte Sprache (HU Berlin, German)
Geschlechtersensible Sprache – ein Leitfaden (TU Berlin, German)
Inclusive event planning
Attendance at scientific conferences and meetings is crucial to career advancement, yet intentionally or not, some members of the community are not included or feel unwelcome. In addition, insufficient childcare options create barriers to attendance that disadvantage parents and especially women.
The following resources can help plan your next scientific event with greater inclusion in mind:
Databases can facilitate the search for qualified female researchers for:
- candidates for professorships and other open positions (active recruitment)
- speakers for seminar series or scientific events
- experts for advisory panels, editorial boards, commissions, committees
- interview partners for the media
- mentors … and more
If you are a female scientist, you can boost your visibility to potential employers by adding your profile to databases - and encourage your colleagues to do the same.
Databases of female scientists*:
ALBA Network (neuroscience)
Women in Neuroscience Repository (neuroscience)
WILS - EMBO (life sciences)
Request a woman in STEMM (STEMM fields)
/femconsult (all academic fields)
AcademiaNet (all academic fields)
*This list is growing. Please let us know of other databases you hear about.
The following local networks offer practical support for a diverse working community at the Charité:
People with Disabilities (German)
For current information on job openings and training opportunities:
Wimi-frauen - Mailing list for female scientists at the Charité
Neuro-postdocs – Mailing list for all postdocs from all NeuroCure partner institutions
For information on promoting gender equality and family friendliness in research alliances:
METIS Newsletter of the HU Berlin