Diversity at the faculty


We encourage an inclusive environment at the faculty in which everyone should feel welcome and treated with respect. We foster reflection about own privileges and encourage transparent and non-violent communication between the members of the faculty. We act together against racism, sexism and all other kinds of discriminative behavior. Therefore, we understand intersectional* perspectives, visibility, reflection, and empowerment as key drivers towards an inclusive environment.

From our perspective, reflection of own actions includes e.g. knowledge about own biases and power dynamics which result at best in responsible decision and actions of all staff members and students of the faculty.

We especially encourage people in higher ranked positions to lead by example. This means to be sensitive towards power dynamics in working groups as well as while teaching, supervising or working together with students. Here, a specific awareness should belong towards people that are less privileged/visible in academia or have experiences with discrimination of any kind. Therefore, we encourage everyone in the faculty to reflect own privileges and power positions, exchange your knowledge and questions with each other and act upon that.


Here you can find our position paper on gender equity and diversity at the Faculty of Sustainability with our vision and measures for the years 2020 to 2022

Positionpaper gender equity and diversity 2020-2022

Contact persons

Vice-Dean for Internationalization and Diversity

  • Prof. Dr. Berta Martín-López

Decentralised Equal Opportunities Officers

  • Dr. Fabienne Gralla
  • Dr. Agnes Friedel
  • Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Loos

Student Representative

Alexandra Dropmann


Survey about challenges in Covid-19 pandemic

Researchers and people working at universities are likely to be adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Amongst those most disproportionally affected by the pandemic are women and the careers of female researchers who have parenting and caregiving duties might be impacted in the long term. Researchers who have disabilities or who are far away from their home and family have developed fears, stress or anxiety. Unfortunately, crisis like the Covid-19 hits vulnerable groups and minorities harder.

For this reason, we are currently conducting a survey within the faculty to make the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic visible in everyday scientific life. Insights into the results will be published here soon.

If you are a member of the Faculty of Sustainability and would also like to participate in the survey, please contact one of the contact persons (see above).