Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)

Innovative science depends on a diversity of viewpoints, yet a number of groups are underrepresented in STEM fields based on factors including (but not limited to) gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability, and age.

Increasing diversity, however, requires policies and practices that ensure equity, i.e., fairness towards individuals taking into account historical, social, systemic, and structural issues, in addition to individual circumstances. Actions, for instance, that reduce barriers and counteract discrimination contribute to greater equity.

Diversity is sustained and thrives in inclusive work cultures, where differences are welcome and appreciated, and diverse perspectives are included in processes and procedures.

Therefore, in line with the Diversity Mission Statement of the Charité, NeuroCure is committed to working towards greater equity, diversity and inclusion in science – starting at home. Within our Cluster and local neuroscience community, we aim to recruit more women and other underrepresented talent, retain them in science, and empower them to reach the next career level.  

The following pages introduce our measures, cooperations, and resources for working towards greater EDI in STEM. We aim to continually improve our understanding of these issues. Please feel welcome to contact us with comments, questions, and suggestions.

Please also join us at the monthly Diversity Journal Club to discuss current research around EDI.


Diversity Journal Club

On the first Monday of every month at 11:00 a.m. the Diversity Journal Club meets virtually to discuss articles about gender equality and diversity in science with a broader audience. Everyone interested is invited to participate, read and discuss articles, and present own ideas. Stay informed, deepen your knowledge, share your views, and help us expand the conversation.  Contact kimberly.mason@charite.de to join the club.

Examples of articles discussed so far:
Saying ‘no’ in science isn’t enough, L. Babcock, et al., 2022
Why four scientists spent a year saying no, A. E. Cravens, et al., 2022
Citation bias, diversity, and ethics, K. S. Ray, et al., 2022
Inequalities and the Paradigm of Excellence in Academia, Chap 6. “Gender Bias in Peer Review Panels”,  F. Jenkins, et al., 2022