It is an often cited fact that despite equal proportions of male and female undergraduate students in science, female scientists are underrepresented at higher career stages. In addition, women in science earn less money for the same work, they are less likely to get research grants, are less likely to be promoted and hence, are more likely to leave science than equally qualified men.

It is clear that women face many additional challenges when pursuing an academic career, including seemingly mundane problems, such as adequate childcare options, but also the unconscious but prevalent gender bias described above, as well as outright sexism.

In order to specifically address those issues and to strengthen the leadership and management skills of women in science, we are offering Female Leaders in Science (FLIS) courses. These courses are offered for female scientists at all career stages. They are led by experienced course instructors with their own research experience.