Equal opportunity and diversity

Fraunhofer FIT places high value on the diversity of its staff, and emphasizes gender equality in offering professional opportunities. FIT‘s Equal Opportunity Commissioner, elected by the institute‘s female workforce, supports the institute‘s directors in this endeavor. FIT has the highest percentage of severely handicapped staff among all Fraunhofer institutes. Severely handicapped staff working at all organizational levels up to Group Head contribute significantly to the success of Fraunhofer FIT. A growing number of staff are happily raising a family, a clear signal that FIT offers a supportive work environment for them. To foster cultural diversity also in dealing with our clients, foreign students and junior staff are closely involved in FIT‘s projects, mostly through Bonn- Aachen International Center for Information Technology (b-it).

Winning female top talents

Organization of the lecture series "Leading Minds in IT – Female Scientists in Dialogue"; participation in the Future Day event for female students and doctoral candidates at RWTH Aachen University.

Career support

Participation in TALENTA – the Fraunhofer career program for women scientists – and the "step forward" mentoring program; organization of workshops on communication skills.

Reconciliation of work and family life

Full-time on campus holiday care program, emergency care for children and counseling on homecare / eldercare for employees and their close relatives in need of care, flexible working hours, mobile with-child office room (kidsbox).

Influencing career choice

Organization of workshops at Fraunhofer TalentSchool, involvement in Girls’Day seminars, support of work experience activities.