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Diversity Instead of Uniformity

Berlin Research 50 (BR50) | Franziska Emmerling, Noa K. Ha, Ivona Kafedjiska, Luc De Meester, Julika Schmitz

How Does Diversity Advance Scientific Progress?

Diversity management, gender equality and internationalization have become guiding principles for almost all scientific institutions, especially in Berlin. At the beginning of the year, DFG President Katja Becker stressed that diversity and excellence are inseparable concepts for her. However, it remains true that the further up the career ladder you go, the more uniform the people who reach these positions tend to be. At the same time, many scientists have problems establishing themselves in Germany and face problems with the language, bureaucracy and other personal challenges. Unfortunately, it is also evident that people in the scientific environment are not spared from experiences of discrimination and prejudice.

These are issues that a global science capital like Berlin needs to address. We are taking stock: What is the current state of diversity in German academia? What problems do international researchers face in Germany? How can Berlin in particular tackle these challenges here and actively promote diversity?

The initiative organizing this panel discussion: Strengthening Berlin as an international science metropolis is the goal of a joint initiative of the capital’s non-university research institutions. At the beginning of 2020, they joined forces to form BR50 (Berlin Research 50). Further information: www.br50.org/en/br50



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Franziska Emmerling

Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -Prüfung (BAM)

Franziska Emmerling is a solid state chemist and heads the Materials Chemistry Department at the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM). She is one of the initiators of the Ladies Network Adlershof (LaNA).

Noa K. Ha


Noa K. Ha is an urban studies researcher and lecturer at the Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin. Since July 2020 she was acting Scientific Manager at the German Center for Integration and Migration Research (DeZIM-Institut), where she is currently acting head of the National Discrimination and Racism Monitor (NaDiRa). She is a founding member of the professional society for racism-critical, postcolonial and decolonial research and practice (DeKolonial e.V.i.G.). and is active in the Asian-German association korientation e.V.

Ivona Kafedjiska

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH

Ivona Kafedjiska is doctoral researcher at Helmholtz Center Berlin for Materials and Energy (HZB), working in the field of CIGS-Perovskite tandem solar cells. She is Spokesperson for Helmholtz Juniors and board member of the N²PhD network of PdD networks.

Luc De Meester

Leibniz-Institut für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei (IGB)

Luc De Meester is Director of the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) in Berlin, Professor of Freshwater Science at Freie Universität Berlin, and Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at KU Leuven in Belgium. His research interests are broad, ranging from the ecology of lakes and ponds to ecological genomics.

Julika Schmitz is a policy advisor and moderator. As a graduate in Gender Studies with a focus on sustainable development, she combines theory and practice and mainly works in the fields of (gender) equality, implementation of the 2030 Agenda and climate change.

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