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Gender & Diversity Management Unit.

The department's central responsibilities include supporting the advancement of women, institutionaliizing equal opportunities, social inclusion, and diversity as well as work/study and life balance.

The department's main objectives include:

  • Supporting a corporate culture more attuned to gender democracy and diversity
  • Developing strategies to implement "Gender Mainstreaming" principles
  • Creating awareness and sensitivity incorporated in gender and diversity
  • Increase the proportion of women in underrepresented areas
  • Establish broadly effective programs to support the professional advancement of women

Detailed information about measures, responsibilities and programs fulfilling the objectives as outlined above are available below.

The department's work is based primarily on the following documents:

Office of Gender & Diversity Management


Johannes Kepler University
Altenberger Straße 69
4040 Linz


Science Park 5
2nd Floor, S5 0219

Office Hours/Secretary

Mon - Fri, 8.30 AM - 12.00 PM



Information in Simpler Language

Space for Diversity.
Gender and Diversity-Specific Monitoring

Gender & Diversity Report

Published annually, the Gender & Diversity report processes data of all members of the university relevant to gender equality and specific to diversity. It illustrates the ratio of women and men among students, scientific- and non-academic staff as well as for select dimensions of diversity and forms the basis for further measures in the area of women’s advancement, equality and diversity.


If you would like a print copy, send a request to gd@jku.at.


Click here, opens an external URL in a new window for the 2019 Gender & Diversity Report.

Click here, opens an external URL in a new window for the 2018 Gender & Diversity Report.


Employees can access older reports here, opens an external URL in a new window.



Martina Wallner, BA MA

P: +43 732 2468 3026


Space for Family.
A Family-Friendly University

Audit "hochschuleundfamilie"

The "hochschuleundfamilie" audit is a management tool designed to sustainably implement family-friendly measures at universities on a.demand-oriented basis.

Based on 13 fields of action and as part of an internal university process, objectives and measures to support family-friendly university policies are outlined and implemented in five clusters. Everyone at the university - students and employees alike - should benefit from improving the work/study and life balance.

After being awarded the base certificate in 2011, our university was again confirmed as a family-friendly university in 2015 and 2019 by the Federal Ministry entrusted with family agendas. Furthermore, in 2016, the JKU placed first and was presented with a state award "Unternehmen für Familien" in the category of "Öffentlich-rechtliche Unternehmen".

The JKU is currently in its third re-audit phase that focuses on the following five areas of action::

  • Studies Organization
  • Science/Academia & Education
  • Qualification & Leadership
  • Services for Families
  • Information and Communication Policy


Click here, opens an external URL in a new window to learn more about the "hochschuleundfamilie" certification.



Mirjam Strecker, BA

P: +43 732 2468 3028


Family-Friendly Infrastructure on Campus

The JKU has child-friendly features in many areas of campus.

For example, diaper changing tables are available in various locations on campus (see campus map for detailed information), a toy corner is located at the Department of Teaching and Study Services, and high chairs are available in the cafeteria.

Click here, opens a file to learn more by viewing a campus map.



Mirjam Strecker, BA

P: +43 732 2468 3028


Childcare for Employees

Employees at JKU can take advantage of many family-friendly offers. This makes it easier to combine work and parenthood.

  • JKU's crèche is operated by the OÖ Hilfswerk  and gives employees access to our on-campus childcare facilities.
  • Kidsversity provides flexible childcare services directly on campus - even during holiday/vacation periods.
    Click here to learn more.
  • A regularly scheduled "Parental Leave Forum" provides employees with all of the important information they need to know about parentla leave, as well as current developments. The event also provides an opportunity to talk with experts and other (expectant) parents.



Mirjam Strecker, BA

P: +43 732 2468 3028


Studying as a Parent - Programs and Services for Students

The JKU offers numerous services for students who have children to help balance studies with childcare responsibilities.

  • Kidsversity provides flexible childcare services directly on campus, even during holiday/vacation periods. If you are interested, click here to  learn more.
  • The Austrian Student Union Office of Social Services provides information and consultative services. Click here, opens an external URL in a new window to contact a representative.
  • Click here to learn more about studying as a parent.



Mirjam Strecker, BA

P: +43 732 2468 3028


Caring for Close Relatives

The JKU provides comprehensive advice and support to employees who have caregiving responsibilities for close relatives by, for example, organizing leave or part-time leave to be able to provide care.


Current and individual topics are addressed regularly during the Forum Pflege series. The series also features presentations by selected experts.

An overview of the current series "Forum Pflege" is available here, opens an external URL in a new window.



Mirjam Strecker, BA

P: +43 732 2468 3028


Work-Life Compass

The Work-Life-Compass represents the first port of call for all issues related to work-life compatibility. It assists the employees and managers of JKU in successfully arranging times of leave.


Information, legal regulations, to dos and useful hints and tips are available in three categories – parenthood, caregiving and education – in order to manage professional absences easily and provide for seamless returns to JKU.

The Work-Life-Compass, opens an external URL in a new window is available here, opens an external URL in a new window.



Josef Kreutz-Soxberger, BA MA

P: +43 732 2468 3027


Space for Diversity.
A Welcoming University

Diversity Strategies at the JKU

The JKU's Diversity Strategy has kick-started an inclusive process designed to further develop a dynamic and diversity-oriented culture of science, academics, learning and work, thus institutionalizing the university's efforts to support diversity. Plurality of conviction, diverse lifestyles and our employees' diverse backgrounds mean we can strengthen the university through a series of measures that are divided into five pillars. These pillars represent the university's commitment to actively supporting diversity.

Click here to learn more about the JKU's Diversity Strategies.



Dr. Margit Waid

P: +43 732 2468 3020


Diversity-Oriented Counseling Services at the JKU

Here is an overview of various, diversity-oriented counseling services offered at the JKU.

Ports of call for Diverse Visions of Living Outside of the JKU Diversity Awareness Workshops for Employees

Space for Language.
Inclusive University

Guidelines for Inclusive Use of Language

The new guidelines for use of inclusive language in German at the JKU outlines how everyone can be addressed in their diversity and represented appropriately in terms of language use and images. The guidelines also provide writing tips as to how to use the gender asterisk * in German.

The guidelines are available in several versions as a pdf file.

  • The long version provides detailed information and background information. Download here, opens a file.
  • he short version provides a comprehensive overview. Download here, opens a file.
  • The plain language version shows that inclusive language can be easy to understand. Download here, opens a file.
    This version is especially for those who have learning difficulties or for those for whom German is not their first language.

If you would like printed examples, please send an e-mail to: gd@jku.at.



Susanne Kalka, BA MA

P: +43 732 2468 3029



Workshop-Angebote zu inklusiver Sprache für Mitarbeiter*innen

Our in-house seminar program features ongoing courses for interested employee, including a course on how to use inclusive language correctly.

Click here, opens an external URL in a new window to  learn more about currently offered workshops and seminars for employees.

Click here, opens an external URL in a new window for additional information about the JKU's internal seminar and workshop program for employees.


We also offer workshops for individual departments by request. Please do not hesitate to contact us.



Susanne Kalka, BA MA

P: +43 732 2468 3029



Awards and Scholarships for Women Academics/Scientists

Iris Fischlmayr

As part of the IRIS-FISCHLMAYR  Awards, funding is provided to support outstanding Diploma/Master's theses and dissertations that include the topic of diversity. The IRIS-FISCHLMAYR Scholarship is a dissertation scholarship to support junior women academics/scientists in fields of engineering and natural sciences.


Click here to learn more.



Susanne Kalka, BA MA

P: +43 732 2468 3029



The ZONTA Award is presented in cooperation with the ZONTA Club Linz and supports a particularly committed female student enrolled in a degree program in the field of engineering and natural sciences.


Click here to learn more.



Susanne Kalka, BA MA

P: +43 732 2468 3029



School Programs to Support Awareness in Gender & Diversity

FIT - Women in Engineering

FIT- Frauen in die Technik (Women in Engineering) is a program in which representatives travel to various local schools and provide information to school-age students, particularly girls and women, about enrolling in a degree program in the field of engineering and natural sciences.


Click here to learn more.



Ing. Mag. Marianne Littringer

P: +43 732 2468 3224


Kids Discover Science is Fun

Addressing the topic of prospective career paths as early as elementary school makes good sense. Traditional "male/female" jobs are addressed and students are encouraged to think about their own career aspirations and interests - regardless of gender.

Age-appropriate workshops focus on topics such as equality, gender roles, gender-specific division of labor, etc.. The workshops include both theory exercises as well as hands-on exercises designed to spark an interest in research and encourage kids to explore various fields in engineering and natural sciences.

In cooperation with the Office for Women's Affairs (city of Linz), almost fifty 90-minute workshops have been held in four rounds since the fall of 2016. Over 1,100 children have actively taken part in the program.


Due to Covid-19, our workshops are now available to schools as part of a free online version.


Access the online workshop here, opens an external URL in a new window.



Susanne Kalka, BA MA

P: +43 732 2468 3029



Archive of Completed Projects

The following school programs focusing on issues to support awareness in gender & diversity and have been completed. You can learn more about the program, its content, concepts and download materials here.

  • MIT-JIP Mädchen in die Technik - Jungen in die Pädagogik - click here to learn more.
  • Auch WIR spielen Fußball! - click here to learn more.
  • Berufsbilder-Berufswahl - rechtzeitig! - click here to learn more.
  • Wir werden, was wir wollen?! - click here to learn more.

Mailing List

Discussion list Fem@le-L

The Fem@le-L mailing list is a discussion list about gender studies and women's affairs, women in science/academia and research, and feminist politics. It serves as a:

  • medium to provide information (job openings as part of the plan to support the advancement of women, events, short project presentations, informatiou about new books and journals, reviews, tables of contents, abstracts...),
  • fast, resource-saving tool to support communication and the rapid exchange of information,
  • forum for professional comments, research notes, and inquiries about specific professional topics.


These points are limited to the following subject areas:

  • Research in Gender Studies and Womens' Affairs
  • Women in science, academia, and research
  • Feminist politics

The focus (in terms of content, language and user group) is currently on Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Content and the clearly defined target group guarantee receiving maximum information in a manageable volume. FEM@LE-L means "FEMinistische ALternativE". The mailing list is only as active as its participants. You have an opportunity to communicate electronically with women and men in an academic/scientific and political field. Help us shape it!


General Instructions

  • E-mail address in the distribution list: female-l@jku.at
  • The subject line must clearly indicate the e-mail's content; i.e. Job Ad JKU Linz: Research Assistant
  • Do not send any e-mails that are misogynistic in any way
  • Please avoid e-mail attachments (i.e. PDF, JPG, DOC, etc.) and include any and all important information directly in the e-mail.
  • If you wish to send a reply to everyone in the discussion list, specify female-L@jku.at as the recipient, otherwise only the author will receive the e-mail.
  • Do not initiate or engage in any personal discussions via Female-L.
  • If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


  • Send an e-mailto: female-l-join@jku.at
  • If you experience any problems logging in or out, we can help. Please send an e-mail to: mailman-owner@jku.at

If you have a new e-mail address:

  • If your e-mail address has changed, please let us know by sending an e-mail to: gd@jku.at and we will change the information.

If you would like to unsubscribe:

  • Send an e-mail to: female-l-unsubscribe@jku.at