Professor Gries laureate at FAMOS for Family

Professor Gries at multifilament winding machine Copyright: © ITA  

Professor Thomas Gries from the Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) was honoured with the "FAMOS for Family" award on 21 June 2021 for his family-friendly personnel management. RWTH awards this prize every year to RWTH executives for their family-friendly personnel work.

The family-friendly policy at ITA already begins at the start of the doctorate: employees are encouraged to start family planning during the doctoral period. To this end, the ITA offers its own counselling centre for expectant mothers and fathers. There are individual working time models for employees with children. This means that senior staff can also take parental leave. That is why ITA is proud of having the highest proportion of female doctoral students among the five largest RWTH institutes (measured by the number of employees).

"Thanks to this bundle of measures, we are able to welcome 5-10 newborn children at ITA every year." Professor Gries announces ITA's success statistics in the area of family policy with a smile and mentions a mystery at the end: "For inexplicable reasons, the twin rate at ITA is about 5 times higher than statistically expected."

The award winners of 2020 and 2021 were invited to this year's 14th presentation of the "FAMOS for Family" award. In 2020 and 2021, six leaders each were honoured. This year, the award ceremony took place digitally. RWTH Chancellor Manfred Nettekoven acknowledged the commitment of the award winners, and Pro-Rector Professor Doris Klee presented all award winners with a certificate and 500 euros in prize money for a team activity.