United by diversity

How Fraunhofer IIS is promoting diversity


At Fraunhofer IIS, diversity is both supported as a matter of course and a pillar of our success. Indeed, we celebrated Germany’s Diversity Day in May under the banner of “Diversity Connects.” Through a wide range of keynotes, discussions and workshops, participants were able to learn about topics such as unconscious bias and intergenerational collaboration, explore using sign language, and take language and culture courses in Hindi and Persian.

Diversity is very much alive at Fraunhofer IIS through its multinational, interdisciplinary workforce made up of people of different genders and generations – which is reflected in the institute’s management and work models. This includes dual leadership positions, flexible work models and the promotion of young talent. We help young women build careers in the still male-dominated field of science. A prime example of this is the josephine® mentoring program, in which female STEM students and mentors work together to plan their professional development. Another is TALENTA, the comprehensive career and development program for female scientists and managers. We also support and develop our emp- loyees by offering a wide range of targeted training opportunities, both in German and English.

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Das Fraunhofer-Institut für Integrierte Schaltungen IIS in Erlangen