Equal Opportunities and Diversity

Events

You would like to learn more about diversity? Below you will find a potpourri of events to which we cordially invite you.

You would like to support the topic at the department? Then come to our Jour Fixe or get involved as a mentor!

Diversity Forum of the Department of Mechanical Engineering

You want to hear what the Office for Equal Opportunity and Diversity and the Women's Representatives are currently working on? Or even have ideas about what diversity topics should be discussed or worked on at the department? Then come to our digital forum. The first meeting will take place on 24 February 2021 at 10:30 a.m. via https://tum-conf.zoom.us/j/96617227765 (Meeting ID: 966 1722 7765; Identifier code: diversity).

LGBTIQ Awareness Workshop

For this year's German Diversity Day, we want to raise awareness with an LGBT*IQ Awareness Session organized by the Equal Opportunity Staff Office. The one-hour format, which will take place on May 19, 2021, includes an awareness exercise and homosexuality, transsexuality and intersexuality will be explained using the Genderbread. Participants will receive information about the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in the workplace. Ways will be shown how each individual can show support for the topic at TUM. More information and registration at TUM Equal Opportunity.

Workshops

The Department of Mechanical Engineering, the TUM and other institutions offer numerous workshops in the field of diversity.

Workshops of the office for equal opportunities

For offers of the office for equal opportunities at the TUM see this link.

Advisory and support offers

WOmentoring

New surroundings, new people, new life - the mentoring programme helps students to find their way around the university or to get tips for learning, socialising etc. during their studies. On the other hand, it can also help students to get in contact with people who have already followed the path they want to take.

And this is where you, as a research and science supporting staff member:in the faculty, come into play: would you like to tell interested students about your academic career and help them to set out on this path themselves? Then send an e-mail to gleichstellungsbuero@mw.tum.de. The mentors and mentees are looking forward to the exchange and your additional expertise.

The special thing about WOmentoring: 85 percent of MW students and employees are male. So for the other 15 percent it is difficult to get to know each other. The program is therefore specially designed for women. Queer people are also very welcome. At the beginning of the semester, there will be an introduction for all mentoring participants.

Coaching

The TUM offers coaching for students and employees in the realisation of a concern or the solution of a problem as well as in the improvement of learning and performance. If you have any further questions, you can contact the Equal Opportunity Office & Position for Diversity at TUM Mechanical Engineering, which can provide an overview and further tips.

For further information see this link.

Consulting

The office "Equal Opportunity Career & Training" of the Stabsstelle Chancengleichheit (office for equal opportunities) advises and supports university members, departments and (scientific) institutions of the TUM in the planning and implementation of diversity measures.

If you have any further questions, you can contact the Equal Opportunity Office & Position for Diversity at TUM Mechanical Engineering, which will be happy to support and refer you.

For further information see this link.

Coaching for female scientists

TUMhorizon offers coaching for female MINT scientists. The kick-off will take place on 14 October 2020 and further information can be found on the TUMhorizon homepage.

Financial Support Options

You will find general information and further links on the subject of financial support, in particular for students and scientists at TUM, on the website of the Stabsstelle Chancengleichheit (office for equal opportunities).

Please also see Grant Database (Studienlotsen - German only) of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Laura Bassi Fellowship of the TUM

With the Laura Bassi Fellowship, the TUM supports and promotes exceptional women in natural science. Laura Bassi was the first woman scientist to win a professorship (physics) at a European university.

Family and career

Balancing study, work and family commitments has always been a challenge for everyone concerned. Increasing internationalisation and greater demands for flexibility and mobility have presented harder challenges to those of us with dependents. We wish to offer as much support in this regard as possible, both as an educational facility and employer.

The central contact for offers by the TUM regarding the topic of child care is the Kids, Family and Elder Care Center of TUM.Family.

Contact persons are available at all our premises for personal consultations.  

Family benefit

This support measure for the balancing of work and family can be claimed by all active employees of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the time of application.

  1. For each pregnancy 2.500€ are paid to the respective organisational unit. This generously covers all requests from employees and units for laboratory support, teleworking, laptops and other services. For this purpose, please send us the official letter "Vollzug des Mutterschutzgesetzes (MuSCHG) / Schwangerschaftsanzeige" of the central department. The applicant must be employed at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of TUM at the time of application and payment and must have reported her own pregnancy within the last 12 months.
  2. For each birth 2.500€ are paid to the respective organizational unit.This generously covers all requests from the staff and units for laboratory support, childcare costs, teleworking, laptops and other matters related to maternity leave, parental leave, etc.  Please send us the official letter "Congratulations on the birth of the child" from Central Department 2, which the parent employed at TUM receives after reporting the birth. All births within the last 12 months can be claimed retroactively. The lump sum is paid twice a year, in February and August. The applicant must be employed by the TUM Department of Mechanical Engineering at the time of application and payment and must have reported the birth of their child.
  3. In both cases the department expects in return the respective organizational unit to create a family-friendly environment. This includes among other things
  • Conclusion of an agreement on the continuation or resumption of employment (this applies especially to doctoral students)
  • Family-friendly scheduling of meetings
  • Self-evident, gender-independent appreciation of family obligations (avoidance of excessive working hours, care in case of illness, possibility to participate in kindergarten & school parties, etc.)

The creation of an appropriate environment must be made informally credible to the Equal Opportunities Office by the organisational unit.

Examples of investments of the compatibility lump sum are

  • Establishment of a home office/teleworkstation
  • Payment of student/scientific assistants who help to carry out experiments and tests
  • Adapted seating furniture or tables
  • Seminars/Coaching for further education
  • Financing of childcare (case-related for events outside working hours)
  • Breast pumps and similar equipment to facilitate compatibility
  • and so on

The transmitted data will be collected anonymously with the exception of the name of the parent employed at TUM and will be used for the lump sum. Therefore please do not send us copies of maternal passports or birth certificates.
If you have any questions (e.g. regarding special cases, equal treatment issues, criteria, creation of a family-friendly environment etc.) please contact the equal opportunities office at gleichstellungsbuero@mw.tum.de or +49 89 289-15633.

Child and Family Room (MW0807)

 

A child and family room was opened at the Department of Mechanical Engineering in November 2011. The room is a facility at the Department for mothers and fathers (or temporary caregivers or guardians) looking for a quiet corner with their little ones for playing, eating, changing nappies, sleeping or working - regardless of whether they are students, staff or guests. Expectant mothers are also welcome if they need to rest.

Gaps in childcare occuring for example at evening events which come up from time to time and take place outside the normal opening hours of childcare facilities are to be closed thereby. The room can also be used by babysitters you organise yourself (e.g. fellow students, colleagues or staff from R.U.F.).

Equipment

  • comfortable seating area
  • work area
  • playing corner and toys
  • baby cost warmer
  • changing table
  • wash-basin
  • microwave oven

Access and card activation

Prior registration is not necessary and the keycard can be borrowed at any time at the gate. If you wish to use the room regularly, we recommend that you get your student or staff card, your mensa card or another type of Legic card activated to allow access to the room. Please complete the Activation Application Form and send it to Dieter Grimm.

Child and Family Room

Room MW 0807 is situated in Building 8 of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Access is via the side entrance to the right of StuCafe Boltzmannstrasse (see plan of building).

Flexible Childcare

Apart from the Child and Family Room at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Department of Informatics and Mathematics provides flexible childcare on the Garching Campus.

A small fee of € 4 per hour for students and € 6 per hour for staff is charged and paid in the form of vouchers (Wertmarken).

Further information on childcare booking.

Coaching

If you have any questions regarding child care during the pandemic restrictions, you can contact the Equal Opportunity Office & Position for Diversity at TUM Mechanical Engineering or the TUM Kids, Family and Elder Care Center.

Childcare in an emergency

"Emergency childcare" is a service provided by the Department of Mechanical Engineering if your regular childcare is canceled or if child care is required outside the opening hours of child daycare facilities, e.g. if lectures or events take place after 5 pm or at the weekend (although this should be avoided on account of family friendliness, see Diversity Goals). If this should arise, please send an e-mail to the Gender Equality Office or to the Gender Equality Officer.

Childcare during Holiday Periods

For further information see this link.

Parent Networking via Moodle or Rocket.Chat-Kanal

For further information see this link.

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