Aspire is a special program for female graduate students within the CRC, offering motivation and support to obtain leading positions in academia, industry and public life. The program combines various formats: Women in leading academic and business positions are invited to deliver lectures and workshops. Another emphasis is placed on coaching measures and training of key qualifications for women and networking.

Every year we organize an Aspire Afternoon where successful female scientists from research and business are invited to deliver lectures and workshops and to pass over their experiences to young scientists from the CRC. The CRC invites excellent and outstanding women who already achieved leading academic and business positions as well as CRC alumni who are in an early career stage. Our invited guests will give valuable information and advice for career development and also will serve as important role models for young female scientists.

Another emphasis lies on gender science and equal opportunities for young scientists: selected invited guests will deal with the question why there is still a bias against women in science.

Aspire Afternoon 2019Leadership and Gender - The Key to Excellence

Work in academia and industry has changed over the past decades. Business in the science sector has become a lot more complex, changes appear much faster, and the expectations of employees today differ from those of the previous generations.
What does that mean for good leadership today? What is expected of young leaders, and which role does diversity play? In this speech, some answers will be given based on new research results. Typical mistakes will be highlighted as well as helpful attitudes, and the speaker will share own experiences.

30th of September 2019;  11:15 am in S07 S00 D07

Dr. Gaby Schilling earned her doctorate in chemistry and holds a B.Sc. in psychology. For more than 17 years she held various leading positions in an internationally operating DAX 30 company in Germany and the US and was heading teams of experts and managers in research, product development and product safety. She has thus gained profound first-hand experience in all
phases of collaboration with employees – from recruitment over career development and promotion to change of career. Qualifications to business coach and team coach complement her practical experience. Since 2012 Gaby has been working as coach and consultant for natural scientists.

Aspire Afternoon 2018What does gender have to do with science?

Tomas Brage is professor of Physics and has been strongly involved in work on gender and science for the last 15 years. He will talk about recent progress in gender science, will give some answers to the question in the title and will also show why this is an extremely interesting and active research field.

After the plenary talk we hear two talks about career chances abroad:

"Science careers in Great Britain - perspectives and challenges"

Dr. Jonathan Müller
University of Birmingham

"The research system in the USA - unlimited chances for everyone?"

Prof. Candace Chan
Arizona State University

Guest are welcome. This Event is organised by the CRC1093, the CRC/TRR 247 and the JCF of the GDCh.

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Aspire Afternoon 2014-2017

"Career setback - Women in Life Sciences"
"Insights into Career Opportunities"
"Going for leading positions - push through the glass ceiling!"
These were the topics of our Aspire events during the first funding period. Read more