The Inclusive Researcher Network for Equality (IRENE)

Welcome to our research network! We are dedicated to promoting equality for people of all genders and diverse backgrounds in the scientific community. Our mission is to support female scientists in their careers, assist men and women in balancing their work and family lives, and create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all members of our network.

We understand that the scientific field has traditionally been male-dominated and we are committed to breaking down these barriers and creating equal opportunities for all. We believe that diversity in the workplace leads to better and more innovative research. We offer mentoring, networking, and professional development opportunities to support the advancement of female scientists and those from underrepresented groups.

We also recognize that balancing work and family responsibilities can be challenging for everyone. We offer support to help our members achieve a healthy work-life balance. Our network is open to all genders and backgrounds, and we strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone.

Join us in our mission to promote equality and diversity in the scientific community. Together, we can make a positive impact on the future of science.


Learn more about the founders of The Inclusive Researcher Network for Equality (IRENE)

Visibility and Awareness

Learn more about our events and efforts related to visibility and awareness

Gender Equality

Learn more about our efforts to achieve gender equality in science

Career and Family 

To support families, we established a portfolio of specific offers to female and male scientists at all career stages

University, a safer space?
10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Do academic spaces exist outside of power relations? We offer a place for participants to reflect on what gives people power (or not) and how the oppressive ...
Diversity Days 2023 - Fair of Opportunities
Arkadenhof and Blaue ...
11:30 AM - 03:00 PM
To commemorate the German Diversity Day on May 23, 2023, the Vice Rectorate for Equal Opportunity and Diversity, in collaboration with the staff unit of the ...
Coping with stress, anxiety and self-doubt
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Academic life can be stressful, overwhelming and frustrating: lots to do, rejections, revisions, teaching, fixed-term contracts plus grant and job ...
Imposter Syndrome – Why your brain is lying to you
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
In the lecture, possible causes of the so-called imposter syndrome – the recurring thought that one is simply not good enough for the current position and ...


Podcast about women in science

Women in Science Committees: what are the actions that support equal gender opportunities in scientific careers
Speakers: Dr. Marika Enders, Scientific coordinator TRR 259 and Dr. Alexandra Kraemer, graduate program coordinator (BIGS) & Gender support

2 Members of Women Connect were interviewed by Theja Sajeevan from Women in Science. Marika and Alex, both members of the women in science committees, were speaking on how they take up initiatives to try to bring an equal gender-represented environment in research institutes.

Participating associations

Women Connect is an umbrella of different research associations (TRR259, TRR237, Cluster ImmunoSensation2, IRTG2168, SFB1454 and TRR333)

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