Uni KLEX supports early career researchers in combining their family tasks with their scientific career. For this purpose, the university offers funding for flexible childcare, supplementing the regular care, for an initial pilot period of three years (2019 – 2022) with theses special actions:
- Coverage of childcare costs outside of business hours
- Childcare during scientific events in Bremen
- Caregiver register – internal university support for finding child caregivers
- Support during business trips
- Toy box and mobile children rooms
In a meeting of the Gender Consulting Research Network in 2018 a group of four female scientists (one of them, Susan Köppen, PI in the RTGQM3) founded UNI-KLEX, which focuses specifically on the possibility of flexible childcare at off-peak times. Supported by the AcademiaNet Club Bremen-Oldenburg and in cooperation with the UHB Department for Equal Opportunities and Anti Discrimination, the UNI-KLEX initiative was established in May 2019.
Gender dynamics in the day-to-day work in STEM disciplines were revealed in humorous cartoons by three professional cartoonists. The cartoons have been printed as postcards and were presented in an exhibition in June 2018. Since then, postcards with these motifs can be found everywhere in our university and additionally draw attention to persistent gender inequalities in our working culture in a charming way. The RTG QM3 actively took part in the group interviews and shared their work experiences with the cartoonists.