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Thursday 12th July 2007

The proportion of women professors at German universities has jumped from 8% in 1995 to 15% in 2006.

Germany’s Education and Research Minister, Annette Schavan, welcomed the news, but said that more must be done to further increase the number of women professors at universities.

“This positive trend shows that we are well on our way to significantly increasing the number of women professors in Germany. However, we must do everything to get yet more women into the top positions in science,” said Ms Schavan.

“Supporting excellence in science must not mean leaving behind half of our talent. Highly qualified women must be adequately integrated into the science system. We do not want to, and cannot afford to, relinquish their talent,” the minister added.

Germany’s Ministry of Education and Research is currently working on a new programme that will give extra support to universities that are able to attract more highly qualified women and keep them there. The programme is likely to involve the funding of professor posts that are currently filled, but expected to become vacant within the next three to five years, if they are filled by women. The final details will be agreed in conjunction with the Länder (federal states).

At the end of 2006, around 37,900 professors were teaching and conducting research at German universities. While this figure has remained constant since the middle of the 1990s, the percentage of women professors has steadily grown over the same period.