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Award for outstanding equality concept

ECONtribute, joint Cluster of excellence of the universities of Bonn and Cologne wins the Jenny Gusyk Innovation Award 2019.

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At the awards ceremony: Annelene Gäckle, Prof. Matthias Heinz, Prof. Bettina Rockenbach, Prof. Felix Bierbrauer

Social concerns such as fairness, social mobility and social responsibility should be taken into account when shaping markets. In the research of ECONtribute: Markets and Public Policy - joint Cluster of Excellence of the University of Bonn and the University of Cologne - these goals play an important role and are systematically integrated into the analysis of incentives, market mechanisms and political decision-making processes.

The people at ECONtribute also think outside the box when it comes to concrete work organisation. This year, the Excellence Cluster was able to secure the "Jenny Gusyk Innovation Award" with its equality strategy.

According to the jury's statement, the equal opportunities concept of ECONtribute is an innovative structural measure in the area of appointments and is already having a great impact. The deliberately broadly based announcements of professorships are combined with a targeted approach to young female scientists and a programme to cultivate contacts with promising female candidates. ECONtribute has developed an impressive equality concept and consistently implements it. Candidates and new appointees can thus assume a role model function in the WiSo faculty. ECONtribute's work serves as a role model for research-strong areas in which women are underrepresented and makes Cologne known as an attractive location for science with opportunities.

The award was presented at a ceremony at the University of Cologne to WiSo Professor Matthias Heinz, Equal Opportunities Officer of ECONtribute. The WiSo faculty is pleased about the inspiring award. We explicitly thank Professor Heinz for his innovative work.

• Information about the Jenny Gusyk Awards

• Cluster of Excellence ECONtribute: Markets and Public Policy