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The SFB 676 has been funded by the DFG from 2006 to 2018. The project was completed with a special colloquium in June 2018. A book with the scientific results of the SFB 676 has been published in September 2018.

J. Haller and M. Grefe (eds.), “Particles, Strings and the Early Universe: The Structure of Matter and Space-Time,” Hamburg (2018), DOI: 10.3204/PUBDB-2018-00782.

Many research directions developed within the SFB 676 will be continued within the Cluster of Excellence "Quantum Universe" starting 1 January 2019.

Equal Opportunity – Practical Information

Here we collect some basic information around this topic, intended as a rough orientation guide for scientists at DESY and the UHH. Please be aware that the provided information may change over time. Also please understand that we do not intend to give any legal advice, but rather urge you to contact the offices and websites quoted below for up-to-date information.

General Information Sources

The SFB website

General information can be found on the website of the SFB 676 at http://wwwiexp.desy.de/sfb676/. See in particular the sections Equal Opportunity, Career Opportunities and the family & work brochure.

Contact for further inquiries

For any questions on equal opportunity measures contact Ms. Anna-Christina Jauch, equal opportunity officer DESY (+49-40-8998-1830) and Ms. Angela Schwabl, equal opportunity representative MIN (+49-40-42883-2316). For SFB specific measures contact Michael Grefe (michael.grefe@uni-hamburg.de, +49-40-8998-2151).

More resources and information can be found at the DESY Equal Opportunity Office, at the MIN Equal Opportunity Office or at the Family Office at the University of Hamburg.

Social Services


Please find a family-friendly map of the Universität Hamburg here.

Contact to Civil Service

All information about Hamburg’s Civil Service can be accessed at the website www.hamburg.de. Alternatively you can call 115 oder +49 40 42828 0 for general inquiries. You will then be directed to the appropriate office or find an overview of the district office customer centres here.


Please inform your employer at the earliest opportunity. Immediately regulations for the protection against dismissal become active ("Mutterschutz"). Normally, six weeks before birth and eight weeks after birth mothers are forbidden to work. In some cases these periods may be longer, for example when working with dangerous chemicals. For details please contact your HR.

After birth

Mothers and fathers are entitled to take parental time off work for a total of three years ("Elternzeit"). However, financial support ("Elterngeld") will only be granted for 14 months if also the father takes at least two months off. Please inform yourself early on the details, since there are deadlines and legal regulations you must meet. Contact your local welfare office see www.familien-wegweiser.de.

State support for families

Families with children are entitled to receive a fixed amount of money as support for each child ("Kindergeld"). Please remember that you must apply for this. You can get more information at arbeitsagentur.de.

Back into the job

Taking parental time off means your contract with your employer is still active, and you must be offered a position when you want to return to work. If you are on a fixed-term contract those months may be added to the contract’s period. Please contact your HR department for details applying to your specific contract. Please also have a look at this information about the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (WissZeitVG): Scientific Career and Parenthood and this English translation of the Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contract (NB: legally binding is only the German WissZeitVG!).

Help after parental leave

The UHH MIN-Fakultät offers a reduction of up to 2 hrs/week of your teaching load if you are a professor and a parent of an under 3 year old child. Contact: Gleichstellung.MIN@uni-hamburg.de.

DESY offers support for parents who want to work again after having resigned from their jobs. There are dedicated positions reserved for exactly this case (Wiedereinstiegsstelle). Please contact Ms. Anna-Christina Jauch (+49 40 8998-1830) for details.

Public child care in Hamburg

The City of Hamburg issues various coupons which make day care for children available at a reduced price. For details on services and regulations see www.hamburg.de/familie-beruf and contact your local welfare office, see www.hamburg.de/jugendaemter.


Flexible work hours

DESY and the UHH support families by offering regulations for part-time work, telework and home office. Contact your employer's HR department for details on these regulations.

SFB Schedules

The SFB 676 tries to schedule important meetings and seminars at family-friendly times. If you become aware of any major scheduling conflicts, please inform the staff.

SFB child care

The SFB 676 offers support for child care in exceptional cases outside the usual working hours. Also, support is available for trips to conferences abroad. Please note that private services cannot be supported.

Getting help

You are entitled to use the database Betreut.de with your DESY account in order to get local offers for nursing, child care and household help. Be aware that this database also contains private offers.

Relative in need of care

German legislators and University Hamburg have established measures to facilitate the reconciliation of caring for a relative in need and an occupation. A recent law from the beginning of 2015 gives several possibilities. In the case of urgent need of care it enables an absence of leave for up to 10 days. For longer periods of caretaking an interest-free loan is offered. In addition to this, University Hamburg supports people taking care of relatives by offering different possibilities of working from home.
More information in German here: Merkblatt, Audio-Beitrag.

On Site

Parent-Child Offices

There are two parent-child-offices available at the campus Bahrenfeld. The room 111 in building 67 at the UHH Institute for Experimental Physics is designated as a rest area for pregnant and breast-feeding women and as a workplace for parents with children. DESY offers a parent-child-office in room 001 in building 6.


DESY runs an on-site kindergarden, which is open between 8am and 6pm. There is a waiting list for regular places. In emergency cases exceptional day care can be arranged. Please inform them as early as possible.

More information is available at kinderwelt.desy.de.

Impressum  | last modified 11 Nov 2013