Project Baltic Gender
Just like seafaring, scientific marine research has been a work area dominated by men for a long time. This has considerably changed in recent years. In many expedition teams on research ships as well as in laboratories ashore women and men from all around the globe work together in research on interdisciplinary projects. However, this pleasant development is not visible on the management levels of marine research yet. As in many work areas the percentage of women drops significantly after PhD and Postdoc phase. This inequity is even more distinct in professorships and leading positions in technical departments. With the “Baltic Gender Project” eight research institutions from five states from the Baltic Sea area (Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Germany) seek to change this by contributing to the improvement of career opportunities for women in marine sciences. The EU sponsors this project with 2.2 million Euro. It is coordinated by the GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel. One work package is located at the CAU. It is concerned with structural changes that have the potential to promote gender equality in institutions, like gender-neutral employment and advancement of scientists, gender relations in decision-making structures and gender equality aspects in the allocation of resources. Other work packages of “Baltic Gender” emphasise issues like career development of female scientists, network building, the compatibility of family and scientific research and the integration of gender aspects in research and teaching into marine sciences. The aim of the overall project is to develop effective and meaningful indicators for all of these topics, which can be used by the institutions to achieve their goals of gender equality in their development planning. Additionally, the project offers the opportunity for international partners to exchange knowledge and to learn from each other. Beside the substantial research, “Baltic Gender” is brought to life by various activities, information and opportunities for participation. Career paths of female scientists are going to be presented in a blog as “Role Models”, parents who work in marine science will be able to share their experiences, and there will be offers for mentoring and advanced education on gender aspects in teaching.