After a detailed examination of the documents, reviewers from the European Commission met (virtually) with IGB’s HRS4R working group, the institute management as well as various department heads, research group leaders, postdocs and doctoral students in May 2021 to get a first-hand impression of HR development at IGB.
During the interviews, we were praised for our open approach to our strengths and weaknesses – and were generally able to convince the reviewers of our enviable working atmosphere. Special emphasis was placed on the fact that IGB meets its social and ecological responsibilities; is actively involved in a process of exchange with society; offers a bilingual working environment; and has successfully digitalised the recruitment process and made it transparent.
In our Action Plan 2017–2020, we addressed the weaknesses identified and continued to build on our strengths. The reviewers also assessed our Actions for 2021–2023 as expedient and ambitious. Over the next three years, we aim to further improve equal opportunities, e.g. by taking greater account of diversity and inclusion during recruitment and career development. We have also resolved to optimise our onboarding processes; facilitate hybrid working forms; intensify communication within the institute; and offer our early career researchers targeted career guidance.
We are delighted with the excellent results report, but also – and perhaps even more so – with the recommendations of the reviewers, who shared with us their experiences from numerous other European research institutions.
IGB explicitly thanks the committed reviewers and all its staff for supporting the HR development at IGB.