March 5, 2020

20 Actions for 2020 and Beyond

The HBP Commitment to Equal Opportunities and Inclusiveness on the International Women’s Day

The HBP celebrates the International Women’s Day by publicly announcing that the HBP leaders have signed a letter of personal commitment to enhance equal opportunities and inclusiveness.

The members of the Science and Infrastructure Board endorsed the letter and the attachments, which comprise a vision, the mission to follow the cascade model and a checklist


The checklist gives each leader 20 action steps to care about – from reflecting the statistics to fair work distribution in a team and individual career development plans.

Every person with a leadership responsibility is invited to join and sign the letter – and choose those aspects from the checklist that can be applied to her or his position. 

HBP leaders thereby counteract the leaky pipeline and strive to implement the reference model of the HBP: Women and men are expected to be represented at each career level in proportion to the level below.

The initial figures are derived at the level of PhD students and Postdocs, based on ratios from sources like the European SHE FIGURES , and/or organisations considered as best practice for each Work Package or Task. If there is a significant difference, the responsible leaders will check closely to try to find the reason. If the reason is discrimination, the HBP will endeavour by all means to fix that

All HBP leaders are encouraged to sign the letter . Join us, take actions! Share your thoughts and suggestions with our the HBP Gender Advisory Committee .


womens-day.pngScientists honoured at the HBP Summit 2020 for excellence in considering gender and diversity in reseach: Susanne Weis, Elisa Carcia Lara (award winners), Katrin Amunts (Science Research Director), Benjamin Weyers (Co-Chair of the GAC)