Early Career Event

Parenthood & Research Careers:
Perspectives on the balancing act of being a parent and life scientist

April 16, 2024 14:30 - 16:00
Institute for Biology II/III, Schänzlestraße 1, FreiburgSeminar Room 6a ground floor
and online via Zoom

For whom? Freiburg life scientists and anyone interested. Pre-registration is not required, but would be appreciated: press(at)cibss.uni-freiburg.de

When? 16 April 2024

Where? Institute of Biology II/III, Schänzlestraße 1, Freiburg. SR 6a, ground floor. Online participation is possible (Link for online participation).


Pursuing a successful career in the life sciences and starting a family should not be mutually exclusive, but figures and experience show that for many early career researchers the choice is one of either/or.

The event, moderated by gender studies expert Andrea Zimmermann from the University of Bern, will explore personal experiences of scientist parents, discuss challenges specific to academia, and provide opportunities for informal exchange.



14:30 Short welcome
14:32-14:45 Lecture 'Parenthood and science'
14:45-15:15 Panel discussion
15:15-15:30 Questions from the audience
15:30-16:00 Relaxed get-together with coffee and biscuits for those who can and would like to stay



Sonja Albers, Susana Minguet, Thomas Ott, Katrin Schüle


The event is organised by the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Committee of the Cluster of Excellence CIBSS at the University of Freiburg and supported by the Vice Rector for University Culture, University of Freiburg:

"We still do not talk enough about parenthood in academia. Even more than other professions, our work as academics is characterised by the idea of "profession as vocation" - often combined with the demand for unlimited availability in terms of time and geographical mobility. At the University of Freiburg, we attach great importance to family-friendly working conditions. But for that we need not only good childcare facilities and reliable career models, but also a joint effort on our own mindsets. I am pleased that CIBSS is initiating this dialogue."

- Sylvia Paletschek, Vice Rector for University Culture, University of Freiburg