Experience diversity at the Martinsried Campus

Join us for the lunch talk and meet the LMU's advice and contact points at the campus in Martinsried.

Lunch talk and info fair

This year, we also want to take the diversity initiative "Together@LMU" to the Martinsried campus. There will be opportunity to gain new insights, meet new people and engage in exchange with our numerous contact points and counselling services.


Faculty of Biology, Biocenter
Großhadener Straße 2,
82152 Planegg-Martinsried


Target group: LMU staff and students

Lunch talk

Join us as LMU Vice President Francesca Biagini officially opens Student Diversity Day and talks about the motto of this year's event "Together@LMU".

Language: English

Biomedical Center Munich
Room B01.027
Großhaderner Straße 2-4,
82152 Planegg-Martinsried

Symbiosis, the cooperation between two different organisms, is a key concept of life to adapt to the environment. Following this biological principle, the project ¡vamos, simbiosis! establishes forms of cross-disciplinary collaboration between science, art and society to explore and visualize ocean biodiversity and its importance for life on Earth.

As part of the project, a "Symbiosis Studio" was installed in 2022 in Águilas, a city on Spain's Mediterranean coast that is particularly affected by climate change. More than 45 participants, including international bioscientists, anthropologists, illustrators, actors, choreographers and students, cooperated with municipal employees, fishermen, diving instructors and cooks. Together they explored the city, the sea and its creatures, exchanged their knowledge about it and developed artistic formats of public communication and mediation.

Prof. Dr. Annika Guse is a cell biologist and professor for Quantitative Organismic Networks at the Faculty of Biology of the LMU. The focus of her research is the symbiosis of corals and algae. Together with the artist Stephanie Guse, she has created the interdisciplinary project ¡vamos, simbiosis!

Nature makes thousands of molecules– natural products– that have many applications. In fact, many are used as medicines. Plants in particular are an extremely important source of these molecules. The keynote will provide insights into the research of Prof. Dr. Sarah E. O'Connor and her research group, who are particularly investigating which plant genes are responsible for the biosynthesis of these molecules. The aim is to decipher the synthesis of the most complex natural substances and enable environmentally friendly production in larger quantities. Very often, important natural products are made by plants in very small quantities, or the natural plant producers are hard to grow. This means that it is hard to get enough natural product to use in the clinic. In the lecture, Prof. Dr. Sarah E. O'Connor will also show how her research uses genetic engineering to try to integrate the decoded genes responsible for the production of the natural products into the DNA of yeast or tobacco plants. Together with her research group, Prof. Dr. Sarah E. O'Connor is also investigating different chemical pathways of plant species that produce the same molecules in order to generate efficient pathways for important and useful natural compounds.

After the keynote, the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions to Prof. Dr. Sarah O'Connor.

Prof. Dr. Sarah O'Connor received her PhD in organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA, in 2001. After professorships at MIT and the University of East Anglia, England, and a group leadership at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, she became director at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, in 2019. She has also been an honorary professor at the University of Jena since 2022. Her work has been recognized with several awards: in 2018, among other things, she successfully obtained a large EU project (Advanced ERC Grant) on "Harnessing the molecules of medicinal plants". In 2019, she became a director at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany. In 2023, Sarah O'Connor was also awarded the Leibniz Prize for her fundamental discoveries on plant natural product biosynthesis.

Language: English

Biomedical Center Munich
Room B01.027
Großhaderner Straße 2-4,
82152 Planegg-Martinsried

Join us for an inspiring conversation with our speaker Prof. Dr. Sarah O'Connor as she shares her journey from her early interest in biology to her current role as a successful researcher. How has she overcome challenges and been inspired in her work? What lessons has she learned along the way? Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights and hear first-hand from one of the brightest minds in the field.

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Francesca Biagini, Vice President for International Affairs and Diversity

Language: English

Biomedical Center Munich
Room B01.027
Großhaderner Straße 2-4,
82152 Planegg-Martinsried

Information fair

Discover the various advice and support services available to LMU students and employees to help create an open, inclusive and supportive environment for studying, teaching and research.

Language: German, English

Biomedical Centre Munich
Room B00.070
Großhaderner Straße 2-4,
82152 Planegg-Martinsried

No registration required.

Participating contact points and counseling services

The anti-discrimination officers provide information and advice to employees of Administration & Technology who have experienced discriminatory behaviour, particularly on the basis of racial attributions, ethnic origin, gender, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual identity.


Sabine Thomas
Großhaderner Straße
982152 Planegg-Martinsried
Phone: +49 89 2180-75892
Email: sabine.thomas@bmc.med.lmu.de

Ines Steinbach
Akademiestr. 1 / III
80799 München
Phone: +49 89 2180 2519
Email: ines.steinbach@econ.lmu.de

The Center for Leadership an People Management is a research, training and consulting institution that offers scientifically based personnel development measures in the areas of personal, leadership and teaching skills specifically for LMU academics. The offer includes:

  • Digital and analogue workshops and seminars as part of the seminar programme
  • Individual in-house workshops
  • Consultation hours for individual concerns
We are happy to provide LMU doctoral students with a certificate of attendance after attending each event. In addition, doctoral students can obtain a certificate of continuing education for all the seminars they have attended.

The LMU Diversity Management forms the interface to the diversity actors at LMU. It supports the

  • Implementation and further development of the diversity approach at LMU as well as conception, further development and process support of diversity measures
  • Bundling of the many central and decentralized diversity-related measures and promotion of consistent and integrated diversity management
  • Advising stakeholders on the development and implementation of measures that support the removal of barriers and the development of the potential of all university members.

In order to enable inclusion and participation in everyday student life the Office for Disability Service offers a comprehensive range of counselling and support services for students with disabilities and chronic illnesses.

Support offer
This includes, for example, equipping students with impairment-specific aids such as hearing systems, laptops and visually impaired software, as well as sharing the use of the rest and service room in the stressful everyday university life. We also offer new students guided tours of the campus and support them in manoeuvring through the university buildings without barriers.

Counselling service
Students can obtain information and advice on the topics of study selection and admission, study organisation such as leave of absence and extension of study time, challenges in everyday study and compensation for disadvantages.

Peer groups
An exchange also takes place within so-called peer groups, in which students with similar impairments can support each other.

Inclusion tutors
The Counselling Centre also trains inclusion tutors, who work in closeThese tutors are in close contact with us, the faculties and the lecturers and thus serve both as a mouthpiece and a listening ear.

The counseling center Studying with a child of the Central Student Advisory Office is a contact point for students who

  • studying parents
  • pregnant students and expectant fathers
  • prospective students with children
  • students in family planning

The counseling center informs and advises you on all questions regarding the compatibility of studies and family. This can be basic information about studying with a child, but also individual problems of study orientation, semester planning or questions about exam organization. If necessary, the counseling center also contacts the departmental study counseling or the examination office.

The University Women's Officer is the point of contact for matters of equality in studies, science, research and teaching at LMU. In accordance with the BayHIG, the women's representatives ensure that disadvantages for female academics and students are avoided and support the universities in implementing equality.

Areas of responsibility

  • Advice on career planning in studies and science, awarding scholarships, conflicts at the university workplace and in cases of sexism and sexual harassment, equality issues
  • Public relations
  • Committees

Offers for students

  • LMU PLUS: Workshop programme for students
  • tandemPLUS: Mentoring programme for students with family responsibilitiesGender certificate for students

Offers for female academics

  • LMU EXTRA: Programme of events for young female academics
  • Scholarships from the Bavarian Gender Equality Promotion Programme (BGF)
  • Funds for gender equality in research and teaching

Other offers

  • Seminars in the area of gender and diversity in teaching
  • Certificate in Gender and Diversity Competence in Teaching and Research
  • Course catalogue Women's Studies/Gender Studies

The Equal Opportunities Officer is available to all employees of Administration & Technology as a contact person for questions on the topic of equal opportunities for women and the compatibility of family and career. She monitors compliance with the Bavarian Equal Opportunities Act and developed the LMU Equal Opportunities Concept 2021-2025.


We want to ensure that all participants can fully enjoy our events. If you have an impairment and need assistance, please contact us in advance via e-mail so that we can work together to find a solution for your participation. Please note that we will do our best to accommodate your needs. The sooner you contact us, the better we can accommodate your needs.

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