Professor Nicole Radde researches at the Institute for Systems Theory and Control Engineering and is a Principal Investigator within the SimTech Cluster of Excellence. The mathematician with a doctorate is not a newcomer to the field of equal opportunities. She has been the Equal Opportunities Officer at Faculty 7 Construction, Production and Automotive Engineering since 2014. She is now responsible for the field of equal opportunities university-wide and says about her task: “I assumed the office because I experienced myself how important structured offers are for a successful scientific career and I am able to argue from the viewpoint of science. In addition, the compatibility of career and family are of utmost importance to me personally”. The 40-year old is married and has two children.
She states that increasing the percentage of women, particularly referring to non-professional academic staff, doctorates and professorships are important goals. Involving the Equal Opportunities Officers in the appointment processes is of great significance. Parental leave and taking on care responsibilities should be taken into account in the evaluation in an appropriate manner. A method of increasing the proportion of female doctoral students would be creating structured doctoral programs, according to the new Equal Opportunities Officer: “We already have good programs at the university, such as the Graduate Academy GRADUS or the Graduate School SimTech. In the fields where these programs exist, a clear increase in the percentage of women is clearly visible.“