School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Equal opportunities

The Department of Chemistry and Biology is committed to promote the compatibility of science, studies, work and family by developing and implementing targeted measures. If you have any questions or concerns about these topics, please contact our equal opportunities officer, Prof. Julia Bornhorst.

In addition, the following funding programs are intended to support young and prospective families:

Travel allowances for active conference participation

PhD students and Postdocs (in a fixed-term employment relationship with the BUW) are entitled to apply for a one-time travel allowance (max. 500 €) for actively attending a conference (poster or lecture). Parents with dependent children are eligible to apply.

Support for pregnant and breastfeeding women

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Master's students (in their final thesis), PhD students and postdocs who have to interrupt their practical laboratory work due to pregnancy and/or breastfeeding are entitled to submit a one-time application for a research assistant with a university degree (max. 19 hours per week over a time period of up to six months). The WHF is intended to ensure the continuation of the experimental laboratory activities in order to achieve the desired qualification goal. The applicant is responsible for the supervision of the laboratory activities and the scientific supervision.

How do you apply for funding?

To submit an application for funding, send an informal request to the equal opportunities officer of the Department of Chemistry and Biology - Professor Dr. Julia Bornhorst (bornhorst(at), who will contact the dean.

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