Gender & Equal Opportunities

π3 aims at providing an open minded, scientifically stimulating environment for its diverse group of doctoral students regardless of their ethnicity, nationality, origin, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age or dis-/ability. This is supported by our Soft Skills programme, which focuses on the topics of equal opportunity and awareness.

Equal Opportunities

π3 aims at ensuring equal opportunities for all people involved in it; no matter whether they are PhD or Postdoctoral fellows, members of faculty or staff, or associate members to our program. It commits to the Anti-discrimination guidelines of the University of Bremen and we work together with the Referat 04 - Chancengleichheit of the University of Bremen .

Furthermore, for every cohort of doctoral students the π3 steering committee selects a contact person for all questions related to Gender & Equal Opportunities. Dr. Iwona Piotrowska-Kurczewski is our Gender & Equal opportunities representative for the present 2nd cohort of PhD students. This representative provides information on equal opportunity measures and are acting non-discrimination with respect to ethnicity, language, religion, dis-/ability, age, sexual orientation, gender and family responsibilities. If you would like to reach Iwona Piotrowska-Kurczewski, please send an email to We will respond as soon as possible. Please be aware that the content of your emails will be kept confidential if you prefer.

The PhD student from the 2nd cohort Eva Dierkes is a member of the Decentralised Women's Representative Collective of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Bremen. As a collective it consists of several decentralised women's representatives and represents the status groups of female professors, female academic staff and female students in an equal manner. The collective deals with all topics that directly or indirectly affect women in the department. The Women's Representative Collective represents the interests of women in all faculty committees and in all personnel and organisational decisions, in particular in appointment and recruitment procedures. It is involved in the preparation of the equal opportunities plan for women and is available to advise members of the department on questions of promotion. Please contact Eva per E-Mail ( if you have any question regarding women's issues.

Furhermore, with Dr. Tobias Kluth we have a young father as contact person for the PhD students in all questions concerning family matters.

Gender Awareness

Gender inequality is a prevailing reality in science and research. One of our main educational goals is to raise gender awareness on all levels of π3. Role models do play in important role in developing an adequate attitude towards gender issues, hence, a particular emphasis is on including a special programme for improving gender awareness of the involved PIs. As an exmple, in February 2020 we held the course "Gender sensitive leadership" for PIs.


The role of the ombudsperson is to mediate between potentially opposing parties in case of conflicts which cannot be resolved internally. Prof. Dr. Michael Kucera has agreed to act as the ombudsperson for π3. Before consulting Prof. Kucera any problems should first be addressed according to the procedures outlined in the supervision agreement. Any member of the RTG, doctoral student or PI, can address problems to the steering committee of π3 either directly or through the supervisor or through the elected representative of the doctoral students (Jonathan von Schroeder). In case the conflict cannot be resolved directly a mediation will be initiated and a mediator will be chosen by the steering committee and both sides of the conflict can choose a person of confidence to support them.