Articles | Volume 53
22 Jul 2020
 | 22 Jul 2020

Gender equality in marine sciences in Kiel, Germany: how project-funded measures can urge institutions to act

Ruth Kamm, Christiane K. Schelten, and Gesche Braker

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Short summary
In marine research in Kiel (Germany), women are underrepresented in leading research positions. In our case study, we discuss innovative activities to improve gender equality in two large externally funded marine sciences research alliances: the Cluster of Excellence The Future Ocean and the Collaborative Research Centre 754 Climate–Biogeochemistry Interactions in the Tropical Ocean. We show that progress towards gender equality was initiated by these time-bound third-party-funded projects.