Gender and Diversity in Science (GADIS)

What is GADIS?

Besides equal opportunity and gender equality of scientists, diversity plays an important role in our research institutes since we aim for fully exploiting the available talent and innovation potential.

Diverse working groups have a positive impact on the quality of research due to the variety of perspectives, experiences and skills contributed by their members regarding the research’s quality, offering considerable added value.

GADIS is a collaborative initiative of CECAD, together with the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing and the SFB 1451. Under our common logo, we organize events which raise awareness for diversity topics, set positive role models for successful gender equality concepts and reveal new general perspectives and ideas for gender equality and diversity in science.

“Gender equality enhances research quality because it enlarges the talent pool, promotes a diversity of research perspectives, and eliminates blind spots regarding the significance of gender in research contents and methods.“

(The DFG’s Research-Oriented Standards on Gender Equality, 2008 )

For us, diversity means:

  • Age
  • Ethnicity and nationality
  • Gender
  • Physical and intellectual capacities
  • Religion/ideology
  • Sexual identity
  • Social origin

(Source: “Charta der Vielfalt“)

Diversity competences:

  • Recognize and understand prejudice and biases
  • Coherent thinking
  • Ability to deal with conflict
  • Ability to cooperate
  • Ability to reflect
  • Ability to analyze
  • Flexibility
  • Tolerate and deal with contradictions
  • Changing perspectives

(Source: “Charta der Vielfalt“)

Added value:

  • Creation of equal opportunity
  • Increased creativity and innovation capacity
  • Empowering the team spirit
  • Increased productivity through a broader spectrum of competences
  • Taking into account the needs of all scientists
  • Promotion of tolerance
  • Greater employee satisfaction

Save the date: Diversity Week 22.-26. May, 2023

Diversity Week  

GADIS Lectures

Mar 3, 2023

Dr. Ariel Levine | National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland, USA

11:00 am Spinal Cord Cell Types for Motor Control
12:00 am + GADISSustaining Joy As an Academic Scientist (and Parent, Partner, Person)”
                 Host: Dr. Graziana Gatto | Clinic for Neurology of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Cologne
1:00 pm   Women-Networking-Lunch after the lecture. Interested in joining? Please register via sfb1451-sekretariat[at]

Venue: Live @ Building 44 (Biochemistry), Universitätsklinikum Köln
Joseph-Stelzmann-Str. 50, 50931 Köln

Jun 2, 2023

Prof. Aya Takeoka | Department of Neuroscience, KU Leuven, Belgium

11:00 am Spinal circuit plasticity for movement generation
12:00 am + GADIS Lecture
                 Host: Dr. Graziana Gatto | Clinic for Neurology of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Cologne
1:00 pm   Meet the speaker lunch

You have an idea or event suggestion for GADIS? Please get in touch with us.

CECAD, Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing & SFB 1451


Dr. Julia Zielinski, CECAD (
Jessica Knedler, CECAD (
Dr. Orsolya Symmons, MPI Age (
Dr. Christina Stark, SFB 1451 (

GADIS lecture posters