Diversity Lectures

The Diversity Lectures series provide insights into key topics relating to diversity and inclusion.


06.05.2022 Structural racism in science
Speaker: Nursemin Sönmez

The lecture highlights the causes and manifestations of individual, institutional and structural racism in everyday life and in the workplace, especially in educational and research institutes. The lecture also shows the possibilities we have as a community, as individuals and as a research institute to counter the different forms of racism.

  • Lecture + discussion
  • Online (link after registration)
  • German + English
  • For UFZ staff and cooperation partners
Materials on the topic
Presentation slides [Intranet]

Foto: Nursemin Sönmez. Nursemin Sönmez is a systemic organizational consultant and diversity trainer. She brings many years of experience in working with universities, political foundations and educational institutions. Her presentation is intended as an impulse for a stronger exchange and structural implementation of a discrimination-free environment in research institutions.
07.03.2022 Women and Money
Dr. Ulrike Spangenberg

The lecture illustrates the role of money regarding a women's independence and their position in our society. It shows how structural issues interact with individual decisions which lead to the unequal distribution of income and assets.

Materials on the topic
Presentation slides [Intranet]

Dr. Ulrike Spangenberg, Foto: Jens Gyarmaty Foto: Jens Gyarmaty Dr. Ulrike Spangenberg, lawyer, has worked for many years as a freelance researcher, consultant and lecturer on equality and anti-discrimination law issues for trade unions, political parties, municipalities, universities and civil society. Her main fields of work are tax and financial policy, old-age provision in particular and social policy in general. She has published extensively on the taxation of marriage and civil partnerships and on gender relations in tax law. During her PhD, she dealt with the topic of indirect discrimination in income tax law using the example of the taxation of supplemental old-age provision.