Innovation Pilot

Gender Equality and Diversity

Diversity, equal treatment and equality are founding principals at DTU.

We prioritise a study- and work environment that is based on inclusion and recognition for an individual’s talents. We expect all students and employees to work together from the perspective of mutual respect and equal opportunity, regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, culture, educational background, physical ability and other personal differences.

Diversity and equality are important prerequisites for DTU to perform groundbreaking research and teaching at the highest level for the benefit of society.

DTU’s Gender Equality Policy applies to both students and employees. The focus is on inclusion. Inclusion means that each individual can feel valued for their contribution in the organization.


As a university, DTU has a responsibility to work continuously toward gender balance, both among employees and in the student body. We work with initiatives to attract more women students and initiatives that ensure the organizational structures support a culture where both students and employees feel valued.

During 2017-18, DTU worked in partnership with several European universities and funding organizations to develop a Gender Equality Plan (GEP), which will be implemented from the start of 2019. The aim is to ensure better gender balance in the top positions at the university while improving the study- and work cultures. Some examples of initiatives: To discover and prevent barriers, which prevent especially women, from progressing in a chosen career path; to ensure gender is considered in all relevant research projects; to ensure that DTU has an inclusive and respectful culture that supports individual and collective well-being.

Committee for Inclusion and Diversity

The Committee, which was originally named the Steering Committee for Gender Equality and Diversity, began its work in 2015. The committee is chaired by DTU’s president. Members include heads of departments, professors, post docs, Ph.D. students, technical and administrative employees, as well as representatives from DTU’s student organization, Polyteknisk Forening. Initiatives include revisions of processes in recruitment, retention, manager training, and bias awareness.

Gender Equality in numbers

As part of the work toward gender diversity, DTU follows the development of the trend in gender distribution among DTU’s employees.

Development in the scientific staff 2012-2017

Gender diversity statistics from 2012-2017.

“Regardless of whether we do it for the people, for the research, or for the innovation, working to improve issues related to gender and diversity is the right thing to do. There is no time like the present to make this work a priority in our organizations and culture. This is important in an organization thriving towards inclusion and respect for one another.” 
Anders Bjarklev, president