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Welcome to the Research Group “Gender and Diversity in Engineering” (GDI)


With our online presence we are offering an overview of our tasks and aims in research and teachings to students, other members of RWTH Aachen and external researchers who are interested in the integration of perspectives of heterogeneity and diversity on different levels of organisations as well as research and development.

The gender and diversity chair investigates, places and publishes new themes in gender and diversity research. As “bridging professorship“, the chair is designed to strengthen the interdisciplinary communication between technological, engineering, natural, human, social and economical sciences. The aim of the chair is to integrate gender and diversity perspectives into the wide range of subjects within engineering science. Via the means of teachings alumni of technical and natural scientific courses will receive gender and diversity competencies.

The location of the chair “Gender and Diversity in Engineering” at the faculty of civil engineering secures a pioneering position of RWTH Aachen University among the German technical universities which we are intending to use in an effective and cooperative way.

Februar 3rd, 2017 - Science is international

The GDI supports the common statement by German Rectors´ Conference (HRK), Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Deutscher Forschungsgemeinschaft, German Academic Exchange Service, German Council of Science and Humanities, German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Leibniz Association, Max Planck Society.

You can find more information on the websites of the German Rector's Conference, the European University Association and the site for Academics Against Immigration Executive Order.

Doctorates at the GDI

From urban to rural, from car to bike

Recommendations for measures for the establishment of a “bicycle culture” in the district of Heinsberg on the basis of a mobility type analysis and supported by expert interviews


Modern societies are confronted with many different traffic-related problems. Many German cities, municipals and counties are shaped by motorized private transport (MPT) (Destatis 2016: 343). On the way to an environmentally acceptable, efficient, sustainable and safe mobility for all participants this centering has to be reconsidered and changed. Particularly on short and intermediate distances the bicycle offers a healthy and eco-friendly alternative to a car. But how can the bicycle be established as an alternative to motorized automobiles? Besides topography and infrastructure, sociological and psychological factors play a key role in the decision, if people use a bicycle as a means of daily transport or not. This dissertation aims at working out reasons for the choice for a specific means of transport by carrying out a mobility type analysis in the rural/suburban area of Heinsberg. Furthermore, this study will be complemented by a consultation of experts in terms of bicycle measures. The combined insights will inform recommendations for (political) actions that support the establishment of a “bicycle culture”.


Destatis 2016: Räumliche Mobilität und regionale Unterschiede. Auszug aus dem Datenreport 2016. Online verfügbar unter https://www.destatis.de/DE/Publikationen/Datenreport/Downloads/Datenreport2016Kap11.pdf?__blob=publicationFile. Accessed on 10.07.2017.