Diversity Strengthens Us

Vice Rectorate for Equal Opportunity and Diversity

Ensuring equal opportunity for the challenges of gender equality and diversity is a university-wide strategic management objective of the University of Bonn. Professor Dr. Irmgard Förster has been the Vice Rector for Equal Opportunity and Diversity since 2021.


Viewing diversity as an opportunity is a key guiding principle for our University. Our goal is to value and develop each person’s individual potential and integrate marginalized groups into the community in the best possible way. As the Vice Rector, I feel that eliminating cultural and gender-specific barriers and continuing to improve the compatibility of family, studies, research and career is essential for achieving equal opportunity.

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Curriculum Vitae

  • since May 2021 - Vice Rector for Equal Opportunity and Diversity

  • since 2012 - Professor (W3) of Immunology and Environment at the University of Bonn

  • 2005–2012 - Professor (C3) of Molecular Immunology at the Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine at the University of Düsseldorf

  • 1998–2004 - Professor (C3) of Mucosal Immunity at the Technical University of Munich

  • 1997 - Habilitation in Genetics at the University of Cologne

  • 1993–1998 - Head of Working Group at the Institute for Genetics at the University of Cologne

  • 1990–1993 - Research stay at the University of California San Francisco

  • 1988 - Doctorate in Genetics at the University of Cologne

  • 1980–1985 - Studies in Human Biology at the University of Marburg


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Prof. Dr. Irmgard Förster

Vice Rector for Equal Opportunity and Diversity

Argelanderstraße 1

53115 Bonn

+49 228 73 68758

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Personal Assistant
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Bettina Lange

Assistant to the Vice Rectors

Argelanderstraße 1

53115 Bonn

+49 228 73 68758

Equal Opportunity and Diversity Unit

The Equal Opportunity and Diversity unit assists and advises the Rectorate on the (further) development of concepts and strategies for promoting equal opportunity and diversity, assists and promotes networking of University of Bonn organizational units, researchers and employees for planning and implementing activities related to equal opportunity, identifies and ensures an exchange of good practices and contributes to the establishment of an organizational culture of mutual respect and appreciation.

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Dr. Agnes Derjanecz

Interim Head of the Unit

Poppelsdorfer Allee 15

53115 Bonn

+49 228 73 3359

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Head of Unit
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Assistent to the Unit

Also see

Equal Opportunity

Diversity enriches the University environment.

Gender Equality

Gender equality is a university-wide objective and therefore an integral part of university management.

Working for the University of Bonn

From apprentices to professors—the University offers many career opportunities.

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