#Metoo in Science?
Recent events worldwide, including the initiation of the #Metoo Movement, have revealed both subliminal and blatant sexual misconduct in a wide spectrum of professions. It is a social malady, to which no sector seems to be immune. It would be naive to assume that sexual misconduct is non-existent in university settings and in the academic community.
The CRC 1243 is committed to principles of equality, diversity and respect in all areas in which we, as students, scientists, mentors and administrators, circulate.
How can we address the issue of sexual misconduct proactively?
• Have visible and transparent institutional policies
• Inform community members about channels available, should misconduct occur
• Raise awareness among community members
In the context of our research community, raising awareness in next-generation scientists contributes to changing the social climate in academics and science-based industry, creating multipliers and reinforcing tenets of equality and respect in present and future settings.
As one of the first among institutions in Germany and Europe, the CRC 1243 hosted an online course, Consent Matters: Boundaries, Respect and Postitive Intervention (Oxford Epigeum, UK) aimed particularly at students, encouraging them to inform themselves on sexual consent and positive intervention.