In order to limit the spread of the Corona virus, the University of Rostock will cease regular operations from March 13 2020 to April 13 2020 based on the decision of the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. During this period, you can contact the staff of the department for diversity by e-mail, telephone inquiries can be directed to the head of the department for diversity via +49 381 - 498 1270.

Department for Diversity

The Department for Diversity (former Coordination Office for Diversity and Equal Opportunities) was established in October 2018. It is the central point for gender- and diversity- issues at the University of Rostock. It is structurally resident in  the Rectorate of the Pro-Rector for Internationalisation, Gender and Diversity Management, apl. Prof. Meike Klettke, and is headed by RD Andreas Tesche. It supports the strategic development of the university in the fields of diversity management, welcome culture, inclusion and accessibility, health management, family friendliness and gender equality. Likewise, for the targeted promotion of women scientists, the projects KarriereWegeMentoring and Women Professors Program II are located in the Department.

We regard ourselves as a source of ideas for the improvement of working- and studyconditions at the University of Rostock. The goal of the Department is to implement and connect areas and projects in all fields of activity as well as to establish a comprehensive diversity management for the University of Rostock.

Team Diversity of the University of Rostock
vl.t.r.: Ariane Sennewald, Paul Freitag, Birgit Kosicki, Ivette Döring, Dr. Uta Buttkewitz, Dr. Stefanie Westermark, Lucia Weiberg, Karolin Hansen, Prof. Meike Klettke, Andreas Tesche, Anja Rosin. not pictured: Annette Meier.

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We are happy to support you in organizing events, develop short workshops based on your needs and problems, or advise you on various training and awareness-raising offers.


Uni Rostock supports young scientists with family responsabilities

Uni Rostock supports young scientists with family responsabilities

In 2019, the University of Rostock was able to support five young researchers on their way to a doctorate. By awarding bridging and final scholarships, doctoral students from the philosophical, agricultural, environmental and mathematical and natural science faculties were supported with funding in the amount of 27,000 euros. The scholarships applied for were only final grants for a period of three to six months.
The scholarship program is intended to reduce structural barriers for doctoral students and postdocs with extensive family responsibilities, such as parenting or caring for relatives. An application for a bridging or final scholarship can be submitted at any time. More information can be found here.

Preparation of accessible documents and files from the Office package (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF)

As part of the "Inclusive University" project, an online course for creating accessible documents was created. This web tutorial offers you the opportunity to check your own teaching materials for accessibility, to make them accessible and to learn various techniques.

More information can be found here and in the Diversity Toolbox (both in german language).

Conference “5 Years - We Can Do It” - History, Fears, Hopes and Perspectives of Refugee Work in Rostock (June 4-5, 2020)

“Germany is a strong country. The motive with which we approach these things must be: We have accomplished so many things - we can do it!” When Angela Merkel spoke these words at the federal press conferenceon August 31st in 2015, she had no idea that this would be her most controversial saying ever - still dividing the country politically and socially. Some considered “We can do it” as the core motto of a new German welcome culture, others saw it as a careless trivialization of a complex problem and almost as an invitation to thousands of Syrians and Afghans to make their way to Germany.
1.3 million refugees came to the Federal Republic in the “Refugee Year” 2015. In September and October, at the height of the so-called "refugee crisis", the Hanseatic city of Rostock hosted around 26,000 refugees. In an impressive demonstration of civil society engagement, a large number of Rostock citizens - many of them students - worked tirelessly and around the clock for the well-being of the refugees in the Hanseatic city. Since the closure of the Balkan route and other measures, the number of refugees has decreased massively in the past two years; Flight and dealing with refugees, however, remain among the most politically sensitive issues and the debates surrounding them are the main reason for the rise of right-wing populism.
Rostock continues to try to send positive signals and was one of the first cities in 2018 to declare itself a "safe haven" to accept refugees rescued from distress at sea. Around 60 German cities have now joined the declaration. The university has created a comprehensive range of services for refugees interested in studying and has included many of them in various courses. However, this should not be a reason for complacency. Half a decade after Merkel's defining slogan, a critical assessment of what has been achieved so far, but also of the challenges that still exist, is required.
What is the current situation of flight and migration? Can the integration of refugees be considered successful or are there still significant deficits? How do the dynamics of right-wing populism, right-wing extremism and right-wing violence relate to the debates about flight and asylum? Which structures have been created in the country, city and university in response to the events and developments since 2015 and to what extent do they require consolidation and further expansion?
These are some of the key issues that the Refugee Conference organized by the Rostock International House will address on June 4-5, 2020. In a dialogue between science, politics and the public, lectures, workshops and a panel discussion will deal with a wide range of practical topics related to working with refugees in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and especially in Rostock. A cultural framework program and a photo exhibition will round off the discussions.

More information about the program and registration can be found here!

exhibition "The female Professors of the University of Rostock"
The artist Julia Theek, Prof. Elizabeth Prommer and the Vice-Rector Prof. Meike Klettke in front of the gallery.
f.l.t.r.: Julia Theek, Prof. Elizabeth Prommer, apl. Prof. Meike Klettke at the opening-event.

On November 4, the director of the Institute for Media Research, Prof. Elizabeth Prommer, the Vice-Rector for International Affairs, Gender Equality and Diversity-Management, apl. Prof. Meike Klettke, and the artist Julia Theek, showed the first professors gallery of the University of Rostock. 47 female professors have provided their portrait photographs for it. The University of Rostock looks back on a 600-year history, the history of women at the University of Rostock began much later. 110 years ago, the first student enrolled, and in 1947 the first female professor was appointed. While women now study just as many as men, at the level of the professors it looks quite different: only every fifth professorship is currently occupied by a woman at our university. And also in other management positions a similar picture emerges. Therefore, the exhibition should put the female professors at the university in the center of attention the anniversary is celebrated. It should make their work even more visible and create female role models for female students and doctoral students.

The exhibition will remain open until spring of 2020 in the vestibule of the Council Room in the main building of the university.

Tip: Lecture Series "Women in Natural Sciences and (Bio-)Engineering"

The collaborative research centre 1270 "Electrically active implants - ELAINE" involves about 70 scientists from the fields of electrical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, material sciences, physics, biology and medicine. For the winter semester 2019/20 the CRC 1270 organised a lecture series with the topic: "Women in Natural Sciences and (Bio-)Engineering". The lecture series starts on the 8th of November 2019 and ends on the 13th of March 2020. Starting time is every friday at 14:00 o'clock. In addition to the talks there will be touring exhibitions on the respective main topics. We would like to give an insight to the every day working life of successful femal scientists with this lecture series and answer questions for individual decision-making processes for the life path in the field of so called MINT-subjects. Furthermore we want to excite young women for the fascinating and various work in MINT-subjects. Of course the lecture series is not only addressed to girls and young women - the carreer path and scientific topics of our speakers will be interesting for all knowledge-thirsty people.
When: WS 2019/2020 every friday 14:00 – 15:00 o'clock // Where: Hörsaal Ex04, Experimentalgebäude, Albert-Einstein-Str. 2 (Südstadt-Campus).

Here you can find more information.

Adjust your first name and gender information in Stud.IP und ILIAS

The University of Rostock sees diversity as an opportunity and the realization of equal opportunity as one of its core tasks. It is therefore important to design the study and working conditions so that each person can develop their potential and optimally develop their individuality. In order to counteract discrimination and forced outings, it is possible to have their first name and gender information displayed in the university internal systems Stud.IP and ILIAS according to their supplementary certificate.

You can contact the Pro-Rector of Internationalisation, Gender and Diversity Management for more information.

Feedback form Inclusion

Feedback form Inclusion

Suggestions, requests and specific obstacles can be reported via the contact form in order to make the University of Rostock as barrier-free as possible.




The Diversity Toolbox summarizes information, methods and practical tips for diversity-conscious teaching and administrative processes.



The glossary explains terms related to the topic of diversity in order to convey a basic idea for the university context.

Guidelines for Diversity Management at the University of Rostock

[Translate to English:] Deckbltatt Leitlinien Vielfalt

The diversity of our students, employees and disciplines is an essential prerequisite for innovative research and teaching. Diversity enriches our everyday university life and presents us with challenges. With the guidelines for diversity management at the University of Rostock, we define our basic attitudes towards the members of the University of Rostock and define what we mean by diversity and diversity management. The guidelines were adopted by the Rectorate, the Academic Senate and the Commission for Diversity and Equal Opportunities.

Diversity makes you feel alive

Diversity at the University of Rostock

On the ocasion of the 5th German Diversity Day on May 30th the Coordination Office for Diversity and Equal Opportunities has shot a diversity film.

In April 2009 the University of Rostock signed the Diversity Charter. The University appreciates the importance of the diversity of its University members, who not only bring different life and work experiences, but also enrich life at the university with their knowledge, manifold visions, skills and talents. The University of Rostock is firmly convinced that the diversity of its members opens up opportunities for creative solutions, innovative approaches and developments.


Department for Diversity
Universitätsplatz 1, Room 012 - 015  II   Universitätsplatz 5, Room 205 - 207
18055 Rostock