Kick-off-Event 2022

Considering diversity in research can contribute to excellence and innovation. Whether as a research object, sensitive approach to research questions, application in methodology or in the team.

»Gender- and diversity-sensitive research as a driver for excellence and innovation across disciplines«
Thursday, May 12, 2022
5 p.m.

The Vice President for International Affairs and Diversity, Prof. Dr. Francesca Biagini, invites the LMU community as well as the general public to the kick-off event of this year's Diversity Initiative. Renowned scientists and international guests from different disciplines will demonstrate the relevance of gender and diversity aspects in research during the event.


5.00 p.m. Welcome
Prof. Dr. Francesca Biagini
Vice President for International Affairs and Diversity

Opening address
The importance of equality and diversity for meritocracy, academic freedom and excellence
Prof. Dr. Tomas Brage
Mathematical Physics, Lund University

Prof. Dr. Frauke Kreuter
Chair of Statistics and Data Science in Social Sciences and the Humanities

Panel discussion
Gender- and diversity-sensitive research as a driver for excellence and innovation across disciplines

Prof. Dr. med. Susanna Hofmann, Professor of Lipid Metabolism and Metabolic Diseases, LMU
Prof. Dr. Kiran Klaus Patel, Chair of European History & Founding director of LMU’s Project House Europe, LMU
Prof. Dr. Helmut Rainer, Director of the ifo Center for Labor and Demographic Economics & Professor of Economics, LMU
Prof. Dr. Jelena Spanjol, Head of the Institute for Innovation Management, LMU
Prof. Dr. Sahana Udupa, Professor of Media Anthropology, LMU

Dr. Marlene Weiss, Head of the Science Ressort at Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich

Diversity is our creative advantage
Rui Massena
Portuguese Conductor and Composer

7.15 p.m. Closing
Prof. Dr. Francesca Biagini
Vice President for International Affairs and Diversity


Registration for live event at LMU

Please register by May 12, 2022 at the latest if you would like to participate in presence at this year's kick-off event of the Diversity Initiative 2022: "Diversity4Research@LMU: Sensitive.Innovative.Excellent". The number of participants is limited. We can only accept the first 120 participants. Registration by form.

Great Assembly Hall, LMU Main Building,
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, 80539 Munich

Registration for livestream via Zoom

If you would like to follow the event via stream, you can register anytime until May 12, 2022 at the latest.

To the registration


The LMU organizing team would like to make it possible for everyone who is interested to participate in the event. It is important to us that all participants can enjoy the event together.


There are barrier-free entrances to the Great Aula. A sufficient number of free seats for wheelchair users in the event room are available. Seats are also reserved for accompanying persons. For more information on accessibility in LMU buildings at the various locations, please see the LMU Room Finder (in German only).


The event language for the opening ceremony is English. For persons with hearing impairments, the event will be accompanied by a script interpreter who will transcribe the spoken word live in the event language.

Bring Your Own Device
People with a hearing impairment can use their own device (laptop, tablet, smartphone) to connect to the script interpreter via the WLAN using a platform and read along with the spoken word in real time. We will provide detailed instructions shortly before the event.

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