Equal opportunities and diversity

The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development

  • implements equal opportunities on the basis of the agreement for promotion of equal opportunities. At the same time this forms the basis for the work of the equal opportunities officers
  • implements the equality standards of the German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • has at its disposal a plan for equality which is updated at least every two years.
  • elects an equal opportunities officer and his/her deputy every four years who actively take part in the institute’s politics.
  • ensures a balanced gender ratio during staffing and junior staff development.
  • enables staggered working hours, working from home and is committed to family friendly meeting times.
  • supports its employees in individual solutions for compatibility of family and career/a work-family balance (including care of family members)
  • contributes in networks for equal opportunities, promotion of women and career development.
  • analyzes in a project aspects of gender in research themes of the institute.
  • submits its initiatives and efforts for objective assessment and in 2018 was awarded the Total E-Quality certificate for the third time, for the first time with the addition of Diversity.

Diversitity at the IOER

The IOER address the concept of Diversity by looking at the dimensions gender, age, ethnic origin, religion/belief, health/disability and sexual identity.
Nevertheless, we are aware that a person´s personality is made up of many more facets than the six dimensions listed.


In 2018, the IOER was awarded the Diversity add-on for the Total-E-Quality award for equal opportunities in business and research.
The jury positively hightlighted "the fact that institutional framework conditions have been created in the field of Diversity and that numerous Diversity initiatives are already implemented.”

These include:

  • the establishment of a complaints office in accordance with the Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz (AGG),
  • the appointment of a diversity officer,
  • regular training of employees in accordance with the Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz (AGG).

Every three years the institution can reapply for a new certificate.
The application for the 2021 Total E-Quality with Add-on Diversity is currently underway.


    The "Charta der Vielfalt" was signed by IOER´s Direktor in 2018, commiting us to

    • cultivate an organisational culture characterised by mutual respect and appreciation of each individual,
    • to recognise the diversity of society within and outside the organisation,
    • inform our staff about Diversity and involve them in the implementation of the Charta.

    The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development is jointly funded by the federal government and the federal states.

    FS Sachsen

    This institute is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget approved by the Saxon State Parliament.