September 06th 202125th German Female Physicists' Conference

From November 8th to 10th 2021, the 25th German Female Physicists' Conference will focus for three days on professional exchange as well as career planning and networking for women in physics.

The focus of the 25th German Female Physicists' Conference, which is being organized in its anniversary year by the University of Duisburg-Essen and the Technical University of Darmstadt and is taking place in cooperation with the German Physical Society (DPG), is on professional exchange on issues of solid-state physics and the materials sciences, as well as the idea of networking. The target group of the purely digital event are female physicists from various disciplines and career levels - from students to professors, from interns to industrial physicists in top management - as well as all interested persons.

The scientific focus will be on the collaborative research centers "Non-equilibrium Dynamics of Condensed Matter in the Time Domain" (SFB 1242)" in Duisburg and "Hysteresis Design of Magnetic Materials for Efficient Energy Conversion" (SFB/TRR 270 HoMMage) in Duisburg and Darmstadt, established by the German Research Foundation, with national and international speakers, discussions and a specialist poster exhibition.

There will also be numerous events on networking, soft skills and planning a career at university or in industry. For example, the networks "mentoring³" and "mentoring hessen" will introduce themselves. "We want to share our enthusiasm for the topics of our collaborative research centers with other female physicists - also from other research fields - and at the same time make it easier for female physicists to advance at all levels with the coaching offers," explains Dr. Katharina Ollefs, main organizer of the conference and herself on the path to a scientific career. From Monday, 8 to Wednesday, 10 November 2021, participants in the online events can switch at will between professional discussion or networking topics.

The German Female Physicists' Conference exists since 1997. After being organized independently for some time, this year the German Female Physicists' Conference will again be held in cooperation with the DPG.

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November 12th 2019Information event for female students on the career path to a doctorate

Are you wondering whether a doctorate is right for you and what career opportunities a doctorate offers you?

Then come to the information event "Student today! Doctoral student tomorrow?" on Tuesday, November 12th 2019 in the Casino (Reckhammerweg 3, Essen Campus)!

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., (former) female doctoral students in engineering, physics, and economics will report on their life paths and give you valuable tips for a successful start to your doctorate. In addition, the event offers an overview of the diverse support services for doctoral students at the UDE.

Interested female students from all subject groups are cordially invited. Registration is requested by November 7th 2019.


  • Welcome
  • Field reports
    • Inga Dominke, M.Sc. (doctoral candidate in economics, University of Duisburg-Essen)
    • Prof. Dr. phil. nat. Alexandra Vivien Dorschu (Head of Women's Studies in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Sciences, Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences)
  • Question and answer session
  • Counseling services for doctoral students at the UDE
    • Stephanie Sera, Graduate Center Plus

Poster of the event

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November 14th to 17th 2019Physicists' Conference 2019

Women in Physics: Research, Career Paths and Profiling.

November 14th to 17th 2019, Technische Universität Berlin.

It is an event organized by physicists from Berlin universities and is supported by these universities and various Berlin research institutions.

The conference sees itself as a forum of women in physics and offers physicists of all disciplines and career stages the opportunity to get to know new fascinating research areas and the career paths of the speakers. To this end, we invite top-notch women scientists as speakers who will provide insights into their current research areas. Professional perspectives will be presented and experiences exchanged in workshops and panel discussions. Another important task of the conference is to promote contact between young female physicists and industry. To this end, female physicists from industry will be invited to actively participate in the conference, where they will be able to share what everyday working life is like.

Especially now, it is important for young talents to find out about career paths in both science and industry in Germany and to build networks. In this way, their knowledge and creativity can be put to the best possible use and Germany can be promoted as a center of science and research. Equal access to science and industry for all career stages has not yet been achieved. Despite all efforts and successes in recent years, the proportion of female specialists in STEM professions is still too low. To counteract this and to find ways to promote the compatibility of family and career, the German Conference of Women Physicists has been an integral part of the German scientific landscape for 22 years, and so it shall be again this year!

As part of the conference, there will be a program especially for female students, in which current fields of research in physics will be presented and experiments will also be performed. In this way, we want to arouse the interest of female students in the subject of physics at an early stage and inspire them to study physics or other STEM subjects.

The conference offers:

  • Scientific lectures on research areas in physics
  • The lecture by the 2019 Hertha Sponer Award winner - PD Dr. Adriana Pálffy-Buß, Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics
  • Laboratory tours
  • Discussion platform and networking meeting for physicists of all qualification levels
  • Free childcare
  • A program for schoolgirls
  • A social program including a guided city tour, a visit to the Reichstag and other exciting places in Berlin.

Female students who would like to participate can apply for financial support from the Physics Dean's Office. Please contact Mr. Klein for more information.

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October 2019New Gender Equality Team

The new gender equality team has been elected: The Equal Opportunity Officer, Dr. Cornelia Geller (left), is supported by Samira Webers (second from left), Prof. Dr. Marika Schleberger (third from left), Dr. Anna Semisalowa (right) and Priv. Doz. Dr. Katharina Ollefs (not in the picture).