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Women’s representative Informations

+++ Next deadline for application for women’s promotion: 20 January 2022 +++ extended due to COVID-19


The decentralized women's representatives are equally interest representatives and advisers in matters of equal opportunities. We represent the concerns and interests of all women at the Geography Department, at the same time we advise and support in questions of gender equality.


Fields of activity

  • Raising awareness among university members of equal opportunities for women
  • Ensuring an appropriate proportion of women in selection and appointment procedures as well as in structural planning
  • Promotion of women in their studies, for doctoral studies, habilitation, and professorship
  • Support for women employed in the non-scientific area
  • Improving the compatibility of work/study and family
  • Advice on discrimination, bullying, sexual harassment, etc.

All inquiries are treated confidentially.


Who we are

Kathrin Trommler 
Rudower Chaussee 16, room 2'101


Ilse Helbrecht
Rudower Chaussee 16, room 3'106

Office hours: appointment by email or phone 

Email: frauenbeauftragte.geographie@geo.hu-berlin.de

Telefon: 2093-9341


Our work is carried out in close cooperation with the faculty women's representative Dr. Petra Metz and the office of the central women's representative of Dr. Ursula Fuhrich-Grubert.

The family support center (Familienbüro) supports students and staff with their families with questions about the compatibility of studies or work and family, childcare, parental leave, parental allowance, maternity protection, etc. Please visit the website of the Familienbüro.


Women’s Promotion Programme of the Geography Department (as of November 2021)

We support women in their academic and professional careers. The funding should provide sustainable impulses for equality and the elimination of underrepresentation of women at the Geography Department.

In principle, all women who are students, employees, and scientific staff at the Geography Department of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin or who can prove an associated fellowship or scholarship are eligible to apply.

We promote:

  • Measures to increase your visibility in your discipline / professional field (active participation in conferences, proofreading, a grant for publication such as open access or printing subsidy)
  • Measures to support your research process (research stays, fieldwork and guest research visits)
  • Method qualification (e.g. MaxQDA, SPSS, GIS) and other training, provided they cannot be obtained through the in-house training of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Preference is given to women who have not received funding in the past two years. Depending on the availability of the funds, and depending on the format, the maximum grant is between 150-350 EUR.

The committee reserves the right to decide on a case by case basis.

Please use the application form (DE / EN)

Applications can be submitted to the following dates: 20 January / 20 April / 20. July / 20. October


Further funding for women at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

If you want to find out more about funding opportunities through the university and central women's representatives especially for women, you can do this on the website of the central women's representative or the side of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.


Gender equality at the Geography Department

Gender Equality at the Department of Geography is modeled on the Gender Equality Plan of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin along with the research-oriented gender equality standards of the German Research Foundation (DGF).


Family room at the Geography Department

In the Family Room (3rd floor, old building, room 3’204), there is an area for smaller children, which includes changing facilities and recreational space.

Also, the following equipment for babies and children is available to borrow:

  • travel cot with mattress
  • baby hammock for babies up to 9 months
  • high chair

Please contact Kathrin Trommler, 030-2093 6892, room 2'107 (2nd floor, new building). 

Changing facilities for babies are available in the unisex toilet located on the 1st floor of the old building.

A small play area for children is provided in the new building, ground floor, room 0'104 (communal student’s area).


Legal foundation 

The legal foundation of the work of Women’s Representatives is §59 of the Berlin Higher Education Law (Berliner Hochschulgesetz (BerlHG)) and the Equal Opportunities Act of the Federal State of Berlin (Landesgleichstellungsgesetz (LGG)).

Since 1992, all universities and universities of applied sciences are required by law to appoint a Women’s Representative, who is work towards the implementation of equal opportunities in research and teaching at public higher education institutions in Berlin.


More Information

Office of the Central Women's Representative: https://frauenbeauftragte.hu-berlin.de/en/