Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne

Family support, gender and diversity

Gender Equality, according to §6 “Landesgleichstellungsgesetz” NRW (LGG), has three major principals: promotion of equality between women and men, improving the compatibility of work and family life for women and men, and reduction of the under-representation of women.

The CMMC is committed to gender equality and diversity, and supports the provision of equal opportunities and the compatibility of family and career in cooperation with the Gender Equality Officer of the University Hospital Cologne and the Dual Career and Family Support as well as the Gender Equality Commission at the University of Cologne.

The CMMC has a strong interest in supporting female research scientists and clinicians in general and those staff members with children in particular.

The CMMC promotes advancement and further training of female staff and research scientists, offers workshops specifically designed for women scientists, and provides active family support, e.g. finding baby sitters, daycare, etc. The use of the ParentsKids Room is currently not possible. A changing table is located in the accessible unisex rest room (EG.024).

The CMMC uses gender-neutral language in accordance with the recommendations of the Gender Equality Office of the University of Cologne.

For further questions please contact Dr. Debora Grosskopf-Kroiher (debora.grosskopf-kroiher[at]

Familiy supporting structures at the UoC

Dual Career & Family Support (CFS)

  • Offers support to the partners of newly appointed professors in their efforts to pursue their own career in Cologne
  • Supports relocated professors and their families to get started in Cologne
  • Provides information and guidance on matters such as housing, child-care facilities, leisure activities and formalities associated with moving

Studying, researching and working with a child (Uni mit Kind)

  • Supplies information about organizing work, research and studies as well as financial matters
  • Provides an overview of counseling services and childcare that are available

Female doctorates support at the UoC

Career support for women - Central Gender Equality Officer and Gender Equality Comission of the University of Cologne

  • Provides gender-specific information and organizes special events
  • Offers a range of activities that promote and support female scientists and staff
  • Offers family mentoring

Cornelia Harte Mentoring Program

  • Offers three different types of mentoring programs aimed at the different stages of a female career
  • Offers a specific mentoring program for female researchers at the Faculty of Medicine

Female Career Program

  • Offers a variety of seminars and workshops for female staff at all levels of their career to enhance and strengthen their professional and personal profiles

ParentsKids Room

ATTENTION: The ParentsKids Room is currently closed. Please contact the CMMC Office for information.

The ParentsKids Room is located on the ground floor of the CMMC and is open to all staff members as well as to visitors who attend seminars, workshops or conferences. The room is equipped with toys for children from 1 to 6 years old and also offers laptops and desk facilities. Pregnant women and nursing mothers can also use it as a quiet room including the usage of the CMMC kitchenette (opposite of the ParentsKids Room).

The installation of this room has been supported by the CRC 829 "Molecular Mechanisms Regulating Skin Homeostasis" and the Deans Office of Academic Development and Gender of the Faculty of Medicine.

To get access to the room, please contact the CMMC Office (zmmk-koordinationsstelle[at] for an appointment.