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Gender equality

What are women's affairs and equal opportunities officers?

Women's affairs and equal opportunities officers support university management, the senate and the departments in implementing equal opportunities for women and men across all levels. They encourage female scientists, teaching staff, employees and students to achieve their goals. Women's affairs officers are contacts for female students and scientific employees, equal opportunities officers for all non-scientific employees.

You'll find more on women's affairs officers at Weihenstephan and Triesdorf

More on the work of the equal opportunities officers.

New Gender Balance Concept 2021–2025

In July 2021 the university senate passed HSWT’s new equal opportunities policy for students and academic staff, entitled 'Gender Balance in Science'. (Link to the policy on the right hand side – login required) It has been in effect since 1 October 2021.

We expect the measures to be widely accepted and actively implemented.

New matching platform 'herCAREER-Jobmatch'

herCAREER, the leading career fair for female careers, is expanding its digital portfolio: the new matching platform 'herCAREER-Jobmatch' connects applicants and employers using a scientifically based questionnaire and innovative matching technology.

Candidates and companies can register now at

Further information on herCAREER-Jobmatch is available here.

Further information on the herCAREER fair is available here.

Total E-Quality Award: HSWT is recognised for the second time

The Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences has been honoured for 'equal opportunities and diversity, which are firmly rooted in, and practised by, the organisation'. Total E-Quality presented the university with its eponymous diversity award as the result of an extensive application process. In their explanatory statement, the jury said that HSWT created equal conditions for all employees, and also promoted women’s careers. There is continuous dialogue regarding gender and diversity issues on all levels. The university specifically wants to meet the demands of diversity and to continue to develop its strengths.

What we can offer female students


The aim of BayernMentoring is to provide professional support and encouragement for young women on scientific and technical courses. One particular way this takes place is by interacting with professional women from business and experienced female students. Furthermore, participants get the opportunity to visit seminars and workshops all over Bavaria and locally.

You'll find more information from your location Weihenstephan and Triesdorf

In addition, anybody that wants to get involved and network as a female mentor for female students can find out more about taking part in the CyberMentor programme here.


There are a variety of organisations that award scholarships to different target groups. However, every year the total amount on offer is far from exhausted. The women's affairs officers would therefore like to encourage female students to apply for a scholarship. A general overview of scholarships along with a comprehensive compilation of them can be found at the web page of the Funding department.

In addition, there are also scholarships aimed exclusively at women. The following list is intended to just give you an idea and is by no means exhaustive:

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Maternity leave extended to students

The new Maternity Protection Act entered into force on 01.01.2018. More information can be found here:

Pregnancy during your studies

Students with children

Information for students with children can be found here.

What we can offer (trainee) female scientists

"Into the lecture halls"

"Into the lecture halls" is an initiative started at the conference for women's affairs officers at universities of applied sciences in Bavaria (LaKoF) and supports female scientists interested in a professorship at a university, a teaching position at a university in Bavaria or wanting to gain an overview of universities in Bavaria.
Information evenings and seminars on academia as a career and the application process are regularly offered by LaKoF. Current dates and other information can be found
If you are interested in a teaching position, please contact the women's affairs officer of the respective department.

BayWISS research group

The 'Life Sciences and Green Technologies' research group will be realised in an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary group with complementary research approaches. The research group offers graduates from agriculture and forestry, engineering, natural sciences, sociology and economics, as well as related sciences, a network and a structured path to a doctorate. The main scientific focus of the group is on the topics of food security and sustainable agriculture/land use, water, climate change as well as the environment and the management of natural resources.

More information can be found here.

Contact at HSWT: Dr Michaela Stegmann

Time limitations according to the WissZeitVG law

In the guidelines for Bavarian state universities for the handling of time limitations according to the WissZeitVG of 19.03.2015, Section 3, inter alia, stipulates that, at the request of expectant mothers or fathers, talks with the supervisor may be arranged, which may, at the request of the expectant mother or father, be held in consultation with the Faculty’s serving women’s affairs officers.

The guidelines (in German) can be found here.

What we an offer female professors

Becoming a female professor at a university of applied sciences

You will find detailed information on this topic on the page 'Become a female professor' (in German).

Why should you become a professor at a university of applied sciences?

How do female professors view their work at a university of applied sciences? What is important to them, and why did they choose this career? Watch the following film to find out about women’s career prospects as professors.

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YouTube video: Becoming a female professor

Female scientists

The Office of the President 3 | Gender & Diversity, regularly runs seminars, lectures, workshops and training sessions for female scientists.

Find out more at:

Birgit Kasper, Office of the President 3 | Gender & Diversity
T +49 8161 - 71 6315
birgit.kasper [at]

Bavarian Centre for Higher Education Didactics

The Bavarian Centre for Higher Education Didactics (DiZ) in Ingolstadt offers a comprehensive further education programme, for example, on "diversity and gender competence in teaching".
You can find the DiZ programme here.

Bavarian State Institute for Higher Education Research and Planning

Information on current Bavarian higher education policy, conferences and publications (including on the subject of gender) can be found here.

National database of female professors

This is provided by LaKoF Baden-Württemberg and includes networking opportunities. Information on workshops, seminars, the professional field, application processes and appointment procedures are available on LaKoF's website (in German).

Women's network

The following list contains a selection of women’s networks:

Center of Excellence, Woman and Science
Knowledge and information portal for professional women and female mentors of the German Association of Women Engineers
German Association of Women Engineers
Business and Professional Woman e.V.

What we can offer female school pupils

HSWT wants to arouse interest in scientific and technical university courses among female school pupils. For example, the locations participate in an annual national Girls' Day.

The Straubing Center of Science organises numerous informational events for school classes and female and male pupils in cooperation with TUM (Technische Universität München).

Details of the events at our locations: Weihenstephan Triesdorf Straubing

Social advisory services

Services from HSWT extend beyond the pure transfer of knowledge. There is support and advice for all university members in difficult situations. Please find out more at your location.

Weihenstephan Triesdorf

University's women's affairs officer

Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf
Am Staudengarten 1
Gebäude D1.436
85354 Freising

University’s deputy women's affairs officer

Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf
Steingruberstraße 2
Room A.116.2
91746 Weidenbach

Information material

Gender and Diversity leaflet

Flyer Gender and Diversity
(in German)

Gender Balance in Science 2021-2025

Login necessary

Leaflet on gender-sensitive language

Faltblatt Der, Die, Das?! Geschickt gendern

Leaflet on flexible childcare

(in German)

Leaflet on Leaflet on protection against abuse of power, discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence

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