The IFW promotes equal opportunity for women and men in academia and endeavours to increase the portion of women, especially with regard to leadership positions. Since 2002, there has been an elected and appointed equal opportunity commissioner. The current equal opportunity commissioner is Dr. Anke Kirchner.
The IFW has implemented an agreement on equal opportunity for women and men in accordance with the DFG’s standards of gender equality. We report regulary to the president's office of the Leibniz Association regarding status and progress achieved.
We support our foreign employees and guest scientists in preparing for their stay in Germany and during their time here. The secretaries of IFW Institutes help them to complete the formalities for foreign visitors (visa and residency permit) and other dealings with official offices.
In cooperation with the Welcome center of TU Dresden we help to arrange for social security insurance cover, to open a bank account and to find a place to live.
In addition, we offer regular German language courses to non-German speaking employees and English language courses for technicians and service staff.
The IFW is striving for a high degree of family-friendly personnel policy in order to support all employees in their balance of work and family life. Since 2007 the IFW has been accomplished and lived the "audit berufundfamilie" certificate. The following activities are offered to all employees in order to improve the compatibility of family, care and work: