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Award for equal opportunity

1 November 2017. The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) has received the „TOTAL E-QUALITY“ award for the years 2017 to 2019. It is presented to organizations from the private sector, science and administration that successfully implement gender equality in their personnel and organization policies.

„The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics has well established structures concerning gender equality,“ announced the jury in its award statement. „It has made significant progress towards increasing the proportion of women in leading positions in the past years.“ The committee was also especially pleased by the above average proportion of women who obtain academic or doctoral degrees, and by the commitment to promoting a healthy balance between work and family life. The institute’s internal development objectives include both medium- and long-term goals, which are defined according to relevant personnel and gender equality issues. For 2020, the AIP has set new targets for its efforts regarding gender equality with the so-called cascade model. An active recruitment that is committed to gender equality will make it possible for these quotas to be achieved.

Currently, women hold 19 percent of leading positions at AIP; 28 percent of all employees are female. To promote the compatibility of work and family life, the AIP allows all employees flexible working hours, a policy which has been in place for the past several years. “After our success in promoting workplace equality and a healthy work-life balance, the AIP will be made even more attractive by emphasizing a focus on equal opportunity”, says Matthias Winker, Administrative Chairman of AIP. “The topic of equality takes the needs of the employees at an international institute such as the AIP into consideration, and it has also links to diversity. Our recent success with two separate certifications has demonstrated the high standards of the AIP for achieving equality. Continuing in this direction, I see a lot of opportunities for the future”, continued Winker.

The jury specifically appreciates the ambitious goals which the AIP has set for future recruitments as well as the steps that the institute has planned for other initiatives such as personnel marketing, institutionalization, and care. „We are looking forward to receiving the next application in 2020, which will hopefully demonstrate further progress and sustainability towards a workplace with equal opportunity, so that the AIP can retain this award for another three years.“

Website of the TOTAL E-QUALITY award:

Contact: Matthias Winker, Administrative Chairman, +49 331-7499 811

Press contact: Katrin Albaum, +49 331-7499 803,


Matthias Winker, Administrative Chairman of AIP, with the "TOTAL E-QUALITY" certificate. Image by: TOTAL E-QUALITY Deutschland e. V.


The key areas of research at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) are cosmic magnetic fields and extragalactic astrophysics. A considerable part of the institute's efforts aim at the development of research technology in the fields of spectroscopy, robotic telescopes, and e-science. The AIP is the successor of the Berlin Observatory founded in 1700 and of the Astrophysical Observatory of Potsdam founded in 1874. The latter was the world's first observatory to explicitly emphasize the research area of astrophysics. The AIP has been a member of the Leibniz Association since 1992.