Team Anti-Discrimination and Diversity

Team Anti-Discrimination and Diversity was established at Department 7 to proactively and reactively address discrimination. Measures were adopted to increase the awareness of the members of Department 7 for forms of everyday discrimination and to help create an atmosphere at the department in which challenges are openly discussed. In addition, accessibility and the compatibility of family, studies and career were promoted.

Team Anti-Discrimination and Diversity

Team Anti-Discrimination and Diversity of Department 7 is composed of representatives of professors, academic staff, administrative-technical staff and students. The composition of the team is based on the interest of the participants and was confirmed by the departmental council. The chairmanship of Team Anti-Discrimination and Diversity is currently shared by Prof. Dr. Markus Prechtl and Melissa Meinel. Team Anti-Discrimination and Diversity meets twice per semester.

Below you can view the reports of the meetings of the team if you log in to the page with your TU-ID. We try to keep the English translations of the German reports updated.

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What are the goals of Team Anti-Discrimination and Diversity?

Team Anti-Discrimination and Diversity was created on the occasion of a survey at Department 7 in order to be able to counter discrimination proactively and reactively. Measures are decided upon to increase the awareness of the members of Department 7 for forms of everyday discrimination and to help create an atmosphere at the department in which challenges are openly discussed. In addition accessibility and the compatibility of family, studies and career are promoted.

The task of the team is based on six fields of the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG) which are primarily relevant for discrimination (age, disability and chronic diseases, ethnic origin/racism, gender, religion/belief, sexual identity) supplemented by the central guidelines of the Technical University of Darmstadt. Currently it is planned to focus on two of these fields per semester and to initiate adequate measures. Among other things the inclusion of a passage on the prevention of discrimination and with contact points in case of discrimination in all internship regulations is planned. These are supplemented by action-guiding recommendations for the leaders of the work groups who use their function as multipliers to instruct all participants.

Is it possible to participate in the team?

In order to be able to work as effectively as possible, Team Anti-Discrimination and Diversity depends on a comprehensive picture of the situation in the department. Therefore please feel free to send information about existing problems or suggestions for improvement to the e-mail address , which can be accessed by all members, or to individual members of the team. If you prefer to get in touch anonymously, you can address a letter to

Team Anti-Discrimination and Diversity

to attention of Markus Prechtl

Alarich-Weiss-Str. 4

64287 Darmstadt

Please also contact us if you are interested in participating as a member of the team in the promotion of (gender) equity in Department 7. An addition to the team or succession of previous members can be considered at any time and, if necessary, decided in the following departmental council meeting.

Members of the Team Anti-Discrimination and Diversity

Photo Name Contact
AG Antidiskriminierung und Diversität
L2|02 258
Portrait von Han Dittmar
Picture: Fotostudio Michels
Han Dittmar
Prof. Dr. Harald Kolmar
+49 6151 16-21291
L2|02 665
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Kramm
+49 6151 16-20356
L6|01 301
Picture: Katrin Binner
Dorothee Nikolaus
+49 6151 16-22930
L2|05 316
Prof. Dr. Markus Prechtl
+49 6151 16-20828
L2|02 C210
Prof. Dr. Marcus Rose
+49 6151 16-27290
L2|04 D112
Miriam Seebach M.Sc.
+49 6151 16-23294
L2|04 D110

Protection against discrimination in praktika

In this video, former student equal opportunities officer Miriam Seebach gives an overview of the types of discrimination that can occur in studies and especially in pratika and how we can overcome them through a good working atmosphere with open communication. In addition, reference is made to contact points that can provide support in the event of discrimination that you have experienced yourself or observed.

You are welcome to use this resource as part of the safety briefing on your praktikum.

[The English version of this presentation will be provided at a later time.]

Anti-discrimination clause for praktikum regulations

Protection agains discrimination in praktika in accordance with the General Equal Treatment Act of the Federal Government, the Hessian Equal Rights Act and the equal opportunities concepts of the TU Darmstadt and the Chemistry Department.

Have you experienced or observed discrimination?

Contact the internship supervisor or contact persons on the department's complaints and help website .

Discrimination on the grounds of course of study, ethnic origin, gender, religion or ideology, disability, age or sexual identity will not be tolerated at the Department of Chemistry. This applies both to dealings with each other in general and to conduct in supervisory situations and in the awarding of grades in particular. Discrimination can occur within a status group or between members of different status groups and includes actions as well as the spoken and/or written word. The internship supervisor expressly asks that cases of such discrimination, whether experienced personally or observed by third parties, be communicated. Contact persons can be supervisors or the internship supervisor as well as other contact points listed on the department's complaint and help website .

Survey on experiences of discrimination at the department

At the beginning of 2020, the Department of Chemistry conducted the first survey on experiences of discrimination among students and staff. The questionnaire was developed by volunteers from the FEM-Runde and the Equal Opportunities Team and distributed to students via TUCaN and to work group leaders via e-mail. After a period of about three weeks, the survey was closed and analysed by the same team. The anonymised cumulative results were presented to the departmental council in summer 2020. For reasons of more comprehensive protection of the participants and the non-statistical significance, access to the survey results is only granted on request by . The questionnaire can be downloaded below.

Questionnaire of the discrimination survey