The chief gender equality officers of the higher education institutions in Berlin coordinate within the State Conference of Gender Equality Officers in Higher Education (LaKoF). Within this body, goals are established for the inclusion and promotion of women in higher education in Berlin, networks are cultivated, and problems and potential problem-solving strategies are discussed. In recent years, close cooperation has arisen between the LaKoF and the Senate Administration for Economics, Technology, and Women as well as the Senate Administration for Education, Science, and Research.
At the federal level, the women’s representatives and gender equality officers at higher education institutions are included in the Federal Conference of Gender Equality Officers in Higher Education in Germany (BuKoF). At annual conferences, this body deals with current topics in equal opportunity policy and decides on initiatives and activities of the BuKoF throughout Germany. During the year, commissions work on specific current topics and organize subject-specific conferences. The Board of the BuKoF advises leading academic and scientific organizations on concepts in equal opportunity policy. It also represents the women’s representatives and gender equality officers during hearings on amendments to existing laws.
The Center of Excellence Women and Science (CEWS) was founded as an initiative of the German federal government, in cooperation with the BuKoF, and is financed as a joint institution of the federal government and the states. Its tasks include the development and evaluation of the instruments used to bring about true equal opportunity and gender mainstreaming in academia, the sciences, and research.