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Gender and the Covid-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned?

English-language panel discussion series “Berlin Talks” at Freie Universität Berlin, broadcast live on November 18, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. (Central European time)

№ 229/2021 from Nov 15, 2021

On Thursday, November 18, Freie Universität Berlin’s international short-term study programs FU-BEST (European Studies) and FUBiS (International Summer and Winter University) will present an online panel discussion on “Gender and the Covid-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned?” The discussion will feature four experts, whose research and publications specifically address the topic of gender in politics, society, and economics.The event will be live-streamed via Webex, and viewers are invited to participate virtually via the chat function. The event will be held in English.

What impact has the pandemic had on gender roles and relationships? Do gender differences come to light when we examine how the pandemic was handled, particularly with regard to its practical and psychological ramifications? When we look at issues of political leadership during the pandemic, do we encounter gender-related factors in public crisis management in Germany and beyond? In evaluating the role of the media and communication during the pandemic, are we able to detect gender bias? Is it possible to identify gender-based differences in the care professions – for example, with regard to working conditions and appreciation of this type of work – when we examine developments before and during the pandemic? What consequences will the pandemic have on the distribution of roles and responsibilities at work and within the family? These and other questions will be the topic of debate at the panel discussion.


  • Dr. Dirk Verheyen (moderator): Academic Director, FU-BEST
  • Dr. Regina Frey: Head of the Gender Institute for Gender Equality Research (GIG); Former Head of the Office for the Gender Equality Report (Gleichstellungsbericht) of the German federal government
  • Prof. Dr. Katja Möhring: School of Social Sciences, University of Mannheim
  • Dr. Kai-Uwe Müller: Head of the FIS Junior Research Group Time Policy at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
  • Prof. Dr. Holger Bonin: Research Director, IZA – Institute of Labor Economics, Bonn

Panel Discussion Broadcast

  • The event will be held in English and will be broadcast live from the Academic Senate Hall of Freie Universität Berlin.Online viewers are invited to participate via the chat function with questions and comments.

Futher Information

About “Berlin Talks”

This interactive and public online event series addresses social issues, discussed and examined from different perspectives by internationally recognized experts, and is organized by the international short-term study programs of Freie Universität Berlin, FU-BEST and FUBiS: www.fu-berlin.de/berlintalks

About Freie Universität Berlin European Studies Program (FU-BEST) and Freie Universität Berlin International Summer and Winter University (FUBiS)

These international short-term study programs include German language instruction as well as a large selection of courses in a variety of subjects, many taught in English. Participants can choose between a semester-long program or the summer/winter program. For more information visit www.fubest.org and www.fubis.org. Both programs have been awarded the Quality Improvement Program (QUIP) quality seal by the Forum on Education Abroad.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the programs also offer academic online programs, awarding internationally recognized ECTS credits, as well as free online public lecture series. The online courses offered by FU-BEST and FUBiS were recognized in 2020 by the initiative “Germany ‘Land of Ideas’: Beyond Crisis.”


  • Freie Universität Berlin European Studies Program (FU-BEST): www.fubest.org
  • Freie Universität Berlin International Summer and Winter University (FUBiS): www.fubis.org
  • Freie Universität Berlin Global Campus; extensive information on the wide range of short-term study programs for international students: www.global.campus.fu-berlin.de



Friederike Zähringer, Coordinator Marketing & Communications, Freie Universität Berlin International Summer and Winter University FUBiS / Freie Universität Berlin European Studies Program (FU-BEST), Tel.: +49 30 838 66560, Email: friederike.zaehringer@fu-berlin.de