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.


Interkultural Workshops

In cooperation with the Language-Centre, the Diversity-Management as well as the Rostock International House are organising intercultural Workshops for all students, PhD students and scientific staff of the University of Rostock. The trainings will be held in german an english language.

During the trainings, the competence to interact successfully and appropriately with individuals and groups of other cultures is developed and promoted. The participants are sensitized to specific concepts of perception, thinking, feeling and acting of people from different cultures.

For more information please check the website of the Language-Centre.


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.

Lectures in the field of Gender and Diversity during WiSe 2019/20

Gender and diversity as structural and analysis categories are becoming increasingly important in the scientific university context. In order to make these visible in practice, the Department of Diversity has published a course catalog on gender and diversity. There, interested students as well as academics will find an overview of events of the faculties at the University of Rostock, which focus on the categories "Gender" and "Diversity" and apply them to their respective field of expertise.

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.

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