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Workshop "Growing your sex knowledge"

September 2021

Enbysexual, heterosexual, genderfluid, transident, homosexual,pansexual....what??? All so queer and confusing, isn't it?
Sexuality is so wonderfully diverse with its multitude of identities and orientations. People all over the world live out their sexuality individually. To be able to understand this diversity and to get an overview of the great variety of sexuality, some terminology will be worked on together in the workshop "Growing your sex knowledge". Any questions and thoughts are welcome and an open and tolerant atmosphere is fostered.

Saskia Tänzer (pronoun: she/her) is an occupational therapist, educationalist and state-approved social pedagogue and will conduct the workshop free of charge on September 25, 2021 from 10 am to 4 pm at the "Haus auf der Mauer" in Jena. 

The workshop is offered for people between 16 and 26 years. There are 14 free participation places available. Participation due to the Corona pandemic only for vaccinated, recovered or tested people with appropriate proof (3G rule). In addition, please bring a medical mouth-nose protection.

Important workshop information:

  • Sept. 25, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Haus auf der Mauer, Johannisplatz 26, 07743 Jena, Germany
  • 3G-rule and mouth-nose protection
  • Registration as well as further questions until 24.09.2021 to 
  • in german language

To the flyer of the event [pdf, 600 kb] de

Invitation panel discussion on fair environment at the University of Jena

Dear members of the University of Jena community,

All members of the university community need to be free to study, work and pursue their research here without fear of unfair treatment. That also means that there needs to be a clear procedure setting out how people can get unfair treatment stopped, if it does unfortunately happen.

So in addition to including the principle of equal and fair treatment in its recent mission statement, the university is also in the process of drafting concrete procedures. For technical reasons there are actually going to be two documents:

  • Prof. Cantner (Vice President for Young Researchers and Diversity Management) and his office have produced a draft anti-discrimination guideline.
  • The Staff Council is working on a parallel document which stresses the resolution of workplace conflicts and also reflects the strong protections German law provides for those who have an employment contract with the university. 

We want to inform the university community about these developments and discuss them with stakeholders and university representatives. So following the German-language panel discussion „Fair-handeln!“ on April 29, it now gives us great pleasure to cordially invite you to the following English-language panel discussion:

The event will take place online. The login details:

Link to participate
Passcode: Fair
Time: June 24th 2021 from 4pm till 5:30pm

The discussion will be led by the journalist, human rights activist and diversity consultant Inge Bell. The panel members:

  • Prof. Uwe Cantner, Vice President for Young Researchers and Diversity Management
  • Katrin Glaser, Deputy Chair of the Staff Council
  • Dr Claudia Hillinger, Head of the International Office
  • Dr Gunda Huskobla, Administrator of the Graduate Academy
  • Astha Jain, board member of Dr.FSU
  • Dr Britta Sahheiser, Head of Student Support at the International Office

In the later part of the discussion the panel will take some questions from the audience: please use the Zoom chat function for this purpose. We look forward to your lively participation and questions!

With kind regards,

Bärbel Kracke and Anke Hildebrandt (Equal Opportunities Officers)

David J. Green (Diversity Officer)

PS: The German title „fair.handeln“ of the first event is a play on words that we have not managed to adequately render into English. The literal meaning of „fair handeln“ is to act fairly. But „fair handeln“ also sounds exactly like „verhandeln“, which means to negotiate. This second meaning reflects our desire to bring different perspectives to the table and together.

Weblinks in realtion to the event Fair environment

Laser show at the summer festival of the University of Jena
Mission Statement
What does the University of Jena stand for? Which values do we want...
Photo shows people of different ages, cultures and origins looking at the camera from above in a circle
Gleichstellung und Diversität
Law books as an important tool for the studies in law
General Act on Equal Treatment
Legislative text

Announcement "Diversity meets science" – Prize for thesis with gender and diversity perspectives

June 2021

In order to make the variety of gender and diversity issues visible at Thuringian universities and to promote young researchers and scientists, the Thuringian Competence Center for Equal Opportunities (TKG) is awarding the »Diversity Meets Science« prize for thesis with gender and diversity perspectives. 

Applications are invited from graduates of all disciplines at Thuringian universities whose final thesis (bachelor, master, diploma, state examination or doctoral thesis) takes a gender/diversity perspective and was submitted within the last two years (since 01 August 2019).

The application for the 2.000,-€ prize is possible until 27 August 2021 via the TKG. Further information on the call for applications can be found on this poster [pdf, 996 kb] and on the homepage of the TKG.

If you have any questions regarding the call for applications, please contact the TKG directly at

Rowena-Morse Mentoring Program – Call for Proposals

June 2021

Currently, the call for applications for the Rowena Morse Mentoring Program (RMMP) for female doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows of the University is open for the next program round (application deadline August 15, 2021). 

For interested female applicants, a university-wide information session on the RMMP will be held in online format on June 10, 2021, 4:00-5:30 pm. At this event, the Rowena Morse Mentoring Program will be briefly presented by the Thüringer Kompetenznetzwerk Gleichstellung, and participants from the current 2020/21 cohort will also report on their experiences to date during program participation. Afterwards, questions about the program can be asked. To participate in the event, registration by email at is requested by June 8, 2021.

More information about the Rowena Morse Mentoring Program is available at the following website in German. Here you can find the call for applications [pdf, 90 kb] in English.

Diversity Day

Friedrich Schiller University Jena cordially invites all university members to the following online events during the week of May 18 - 21, 2021, to celebrate the Diversity Day. Please find the program here.

To be continued: Online Discussion

"Fair-Handeln! Leitbild an der Universität Jena umsetzen"

Additionally, a second event will take place on June 24 (4 - 5.30 pm) with a slightly changed panel, to look more into the interests of the international community of the University of Jena. If you want to get involved, please send an email to .

Online Discussion

"Fair-Handeln! Leitbild an der Universität Jena umsetzen"

Dear university members,

in the aftermath of formulating the mission statement, the topic of "fair environment" is currently being further concretized by various departments of our university. In addition to the development of the central web portal of the same name "fair.miteinander" the Vice President's Office for Young Academics and Equality currently develops an anti-discrimination guideline based on the requirements of the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG), while the work council develops a corresponding service agreement. We, as equality and diversity representatives of the university are involved in these process, and want to bring them to your attention.

We would like to discuss the developments to date with the stakeholders on 29.04.2021 from 16:00-17:30 in the context of a university-public panel discussion "Fair-Handeln! Leitbild an der Universität Jena umsetzen", to which we would like to cordially invite you:

These stakholders will take part in the discussion:

  • Prof. Cantner, Vice President for Young Academics and Equal Opportunity,
  • Ms. Glaser, representative of the Staff Council,
  • Prof. Andreas Freytag, representative of the professorship,
  • Ms. Steger, student representative
  • Actors from the universities of Cologne and Siegen about their process in formulating the mission statement
  • Blanka Weber, moderation

We would look forward to a lively participation and questions. 

Please note:

The discussion will be held in German. It will be recorded and made available with English subtitles as soon as possible. Please check on our website for the link.

Four colorful letter cubes with the overall picture "FAIR". Four colorful letter cubes with the overall picture "FAIR". Image: deeaf | AdobeStock
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