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Executive Board and Central Administration

Office for Equal Opportunities

The University is committed to promoting equal opportunities and equality between women and men and all genders, strives to reduce barriers to entry and promotes the reconciliation of work and care responsibilities. For the university, the diverse perspectives of university members are an essential component of excellence in research, teaching and administration. As a cross-cutting issue, the promotion of equal opportunities is a management task at all levels.

The focus is on the diversity categories of gender and gender identity, sexual orientation; disability, chronic diseases and mental health; ethnic origin (language, nationality, skin colour, migration experience, religion); social origin and position; age.

We also offer individual counseling on topics like reconciliation of family and career, parenthood, gender-inclusive language or discrimination.

You can subscribe to our electronic newsletter on our website. (only available in german) 

Courses and workshops

The course program of the Office for Gender Equality supplements the advanced training opportunities offered by the university and canton. It is aimed particularly at advanced up-and-coming academics as well as administrative staff, students and men and women with care duties.

Course Program of the Office for Gender Equality

Career and Mentoring Programmes

As an instrument of specific promotion of early career researchers, career and mentoring programmes motivate female academics to plan, and resolutely pursue, their academic career. The OGE coordinates the COMET Career Programme for female postdocs annually. 

Several faculties offer mentoring programmes.

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Family-friendly university

The University of Bern is committed to family-friendly work and study conditions. You will find information about childcare, services for parents and the regulations concerning parenthood and studying on our website.

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The University of Bern does not tolerate any discrimination or harassment. We are happy to advise you if you feel discriminated due to your gender, gender identity or sexual orientation. In the event of sexual harassment you can contact internal or external Counseling Service ( > contact points).

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