Work-Life Balance

Flexible working hours, financial support for child care or time off for homecare of family members are still not a given. The Bernhard-Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine offers precisely these possibilities. It is in the institute’s interest to support its employees in the quest for work life balance. Both men and women, regardless of their position or point in career, should have equal opportunities at the BNITM.

The BNITM's efforts to reconcile work with family life have been examined and certified in a "berufundfamilie" audit in 2016. As part of this audit, further steps to maximize the support in all phases of personal life have been defined in a target agreement, which will be implemented within the next three years.

Flexible working conditions

The BNITM strives to support an appropriate work-life balance for its employees by offering flexible working hours, the possibility of working part-time or, when possible, working from home. Employees can borrow a laptop from the institute, if they need to work off-site. In addition, the institute's internal organization aims for a family-friendly environment. Seminars and meetings are scheduled in the morning and early afternoon, in order to enable participation for part-time employees.

In order to ensure the continuation of scientific careers, a re-entry position has been established for men and women returning from parental leave.

Financial support

Within the framework of legal possibilities, the BNITM covers a share of the day-care costs. Additional costs for child-care that arise during work-related commitments (e.g. during conferences) are reimbursed. The institute also thinks ahead for its employees: Contributions for employees’ pension plans are continued to be paid by the institute during parental leave.

Emergency support

Door to the "parent-child" room

If the day-care center closes unexpectedly, classes at school are cancelled or other sudden shortages in child care occur, children can accompany their parents to work. A “parent-child” room has been opened, with space for parents to work and children to play under parental supervision. The room can be booked online.



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Nadine Stetter

Equal and Diversity Officer

Tel.: +49 40 42818-244


Petra Eggert

Equal and Diversity Deputy

Tel.: +49 40 42818-494


Dr. Natalie Bergholz

Equal and Diversity Deputy

+49 40 42818-263


Dr. Natalie Bergholz

Project Management Audit berufundfamilie

+49 40 42818-263

E-Mail: bergholz(at)

We Support Reconciling Work and Family Life