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Further Contacts

At Freie Universität Berlin employees have access to different services and contacts that can inform, advise, and support them across a wide range of topics.

Personnel Services


The staff in subdivisions I A and I B of the personnel department are responsible for issuing provisional job offers, determining pay grades within the relevant salary scale, and dealing with all matters relating to employment law and related regulations at the university. You should contact them if you have any questions about your employment contract with Freie Universität.


Subdivision I A Personnel Service

Labor law under the public sector collective agreement, university regulations, business travel

With special responsibility for civil servants (Beamte/Beamtinnen), teaching and research staff, visiting professors, severance pay, relocation expenses, business travel costs claims, and general questions related to business travel.

You can find details on whom to contact here.


Subdivision I B Personnel Services

Pay under collective agreements

With special responsibility for non-academic staff, student aides, and apprentices.

You can find details on whom to contact here.


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Chief Gender Equality Officer

The Chief Gender Equality Officer of Freie Universität Berlin and her team support the university management and central committees of Freie Universität Berlin in implementing legislative requirements in relation to gender equality. Together with other officers and representatives responsible for gender equality, the gender equality office develops strategies and measures to promote gender equality at Freie Universität in order to dismantle long-term structural inequalities and to promote the equal status and participation of all genders at the university.

A key element of this concept is integrating gender equality using the instruments available to university management, especially in the context of recruitment and professional development at Freie Universität. The equality officer aims to end discrimination on the grounds of sex or gender, and to foster an organizational culture distinguished by gender awareness and gender competence. One of its goals is also to promote a culture of teaching and learning that integrates an awareness of diversity and gender at all levels, and to promote gender studies research at the university.

The Local Gender Equality Officers should be contacted in the first instance for any questions or issues relating to specific areas of the university. They help to implement gender equality strategies and the university’s gender equality objectives in the departments, central institutes, central facilities, in the central university administration, and the University Library.


The Chief Gender Equality Officer and her team, as well as the Local Gender Equality Officers, can advise all female employees and staff of the university in personal and professional matters, and specialize in offering advice in cases of sexual harassment, stalking, and bullying.

Dr. Mechthild Koreuber
Goßlerstr. 2 – 4
Raum 153 | 1st floor
14195 Berlin
+49 (0)30 838-54259



Staff Councils

The staff councils represent the interests of Freie Universität Berlin’s employees, provide information about applicable legislation, including amendments, and advise on questions relating to working conditions and the rights and obligations of the employees they represent.


The Staff Council: Entire Freie Universität Berlin is responsible for matters affecting staff at the university as a whole. It is not superordinate to the local staff representatives.


Representatives for Individuals with Disabilities

The representatives for individuals with disabilities are responsible for promoting the integration of people with severe disabilities in the workplace. They represent their interests and offer counseling and support for individuals.

They also monitor the implementation of legislation affecting people with disabilities at work and request measures that are helpful for people with disabilities, especially preventive measures. Employees with disabilities are encouraged to contact their representatives if they have suggestions or complaints, and if appropriate, the representatives will then take these forward and seek a resolution with the individual’s employer.

The representatives must be kept informed and their opinion must be sought in all cases affecting staff with disabilities, whether it is an issue affecting an individual staff member or staff as a group.

If an individual with a severe disability applies for a position at Freie Universität, a representative has the right to view the relevant sections of the person’s application and to be present as part of the interview panel.

If problems arise in relation to an individual’s work for the university, the relevant representative must be informed of this at an early stage so that if possible, problems can be resolved and the person can continue to work without threat to their employment at the university. The same applies to long-term sickness absence in the case of a disabled person.

Currently, representatives dealing with issues arising in relation to individual employment contracts are distributed over two areas:

  • The Dahlem area
  • Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum

The Chief Representative for Individuals with Disabilities is generally responsible for all issues relating to disability at work and also specifically responsible for student employees with disabilities.

Contact - Dahlem and Overall Representation
André Lefeber
Rudeloffweg 25/27
Raum 15
14195 Berlin

+49 (0)30 838-54080

Contact - Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum
Sven Plöger
Königin-Luise-Str. 6-8
14195 Berlin

+49 (0) 30 838 – 50195



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