Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Measures

The ISTA Good Practice Officer (GPO), Hilde Janssens, is the dedicated contact person for EDI.

The following points are selected measures in place at ISTA:

Commitment to Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

  • EDI Working Group. Aims:
    1. To set priorities, provide input and take decisions on EDI topics that have been identified at the Institute;
    2. To strive for an inclusive working environment for all ISTA employees;
    3. To provide input and take decisions on measures to improve the gender balance – in particular at the level of scientific group leaders – in research areas where women are currently strongly underrepresented, specifically mathematics and computer science;
    4. To act as EDI ambassadors at the Institute.

Awareness raising and training

  • Annual diversity monitoring
  • Leadership curriculum for administrative supervisors
  • Implicit bias trainings for all supervisors
  • Soft skill training options for all employees
  • Intercultural trainings for support staff
  • Language courses (German and English) on campus
  • Regular Equity, Diversity & Inclusion awareness raising at ISTA internal events

Support with personal challenges

  • Conflict Management System
  • Employee Assistance Program

Measures specifically for science

  • Care-taker Fund – Financial support for PhD students and postdocs with care responsibilities
  • Career development office for young scientists
  • STEMfatale – Seminar series for women in STEM subjects
  • Search committee for female faculty positions in mathematics, physics, chemistry and computer science
  • Participation of Good Practice Officer as neutral observer in faculty recruitment discussions

External commitments and collaborations



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