The Brigitte-Gilles-Award, awarded annually by RWTH Aachen University, honors projects and measures with an innovative character that make a significant contribution to the advancement of women. These include measures that improve the conditions for studying, teaching and research as well as the organization of women's work. In addition, the prize is awarded to projects that contribute to increasing the number of female students and scientists in subjects with a low proportion of women. The successful implementation of demands from the RWTH's equal opportunities plan can also be recognized.
Launched by Henkel, McKinsey and WirtschaftsWoche and supported by the "Charter of Diversity", the German Diversity Award honors employers, individuals and innovative projects that successfully implement diversity and diversity management and promote a work culture of diversity in Germany.
On November 14, 2013, RWTH Aachen University received the first German Diversity Award in the category "Germany's Most Diverse Employer" for the sub-category "Public and Social Institutions". The prize, presented by Rita Süssmuth, former President of the German Bundestag, was accepted by Prof. Dr. Doris Klee, RWTH Aachen University's Vice-Rector for Human Resources and Young Academics. RWTH Aachen University was further represented by Prof. Dr. Carmen Leicht-Scholten, teaching and research area Gender and Diversity in Engineering Sciences, and Dr. Andrea Wolffram, Deputy Head of the Integration Team, the central coordination office for the university's diversity measures. Vice Rector Klee was very pleased about the award: "This prize encourages us to continue on our path in a university characterized by diversity. Only those who make use of the potential of all people, regardless of gender, social background, family conditions or even disabilities, will have a chance to compete in the future. That is why the RWTH Aachen University will continue to be committed to attracting people from different backgrounds to the RWTH Aachen University in the future".