The University of Kaiserslautern and the Saarland University apply equal opportunity recruiting policies and are committed to actively reducing individual and structural disadvantages, particularly with reference to quantitative and qualitative underrepresentation. The gender recruiting policies aim to establish the same proportion of female researchers within each scientific field as in the level below. Both universities have been awarded a “Familiengerechte Hochschule” certificate and have good infrastructures for students and researchers with young families. They are actively involved in creating a sustainable balance between family and career, including mentoring programmes, programmes for female pupils, special recruiting strategies, the possibility of a flexible work schedule, part-time employment and support for returning to work after maternity or paternity. In addition we will exchange our ideas and possibilities with the programmes on gender equal opportunities with our Canadian partners.