Gender Equality

Autumn 2017


With "mentoring³", the Universitätsallianz Ruhr (UA Ruhr) offers a qualification program for young female scientists (postdoctoral candidates, postgraduates and doctoral students).

Its aim is to strengthen the potential and competencies of the highly qualified young researchers, to promote active career planning and to prepare for management tasks. The application deadline is 20 July 2017.

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Robert Bosch Stiftung

Training Program "Fast Track"

The intensive training program "Fast Track" of the Robert Bosch Stiftung offers twenty excellent postdoctoral women a unique opportunity to develop their skills and competences to become leaders in science and research.
This year's Fast Track program is aimed at outstanding interdisciplinary postdoctoral students. Young scientists who are looking for a successful career in university or non-university research will receive an individually two-year grant from autumn 2017. The application deadline is 12 February 2017.

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13.03. – 14.03.2017

ISINA 2017 - Interdisciplinary Symposium for Engineers and Natural Scientists

The Interdisciplinary Symposium for Engineers and Natural Scientists ISINA will take place from 13 to 14 March 2017 at the Technical University of Chemnitz.

The event is primarily intended for the professional and interdisciplinary exchange between the technical and natural sciences. Experts from science and industry, as well as young researchers from the MINT disciplines, can network with one another and build promising cooperations. Furthermore, the symposium will host the nationwide "Best Poster Award". The 3 most meaningful scientific posters are awarded. The "Best Poster" must be submitted by 15 January 2017.

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03.11. – 06.11.2016

The 20th German Conference of Women in Physics

The 20th German Conference of Women in Physics (Deutsche Physikerinnentagung, DPT) will take place November 3-6, 2016, in Hamburg.

The DPT is the annual conference of the German Physical Society (Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, DPG) and its working group on equal opportunities (Arbeitskreis Chancengleichheit, AKC) for female physicists of all career stages in academia and industry.

All women committed to physics - from pupils to professors and managers - are invited to participate in the scientific exchange among all fields of physical research, to discuss experiences from various working environments, and to contribute to a lively network.

As a special event of this year's 20th conference, a panel discussion will address the objectives, opportunities, and status of the initiatives for the advancement of female physicists in the society.

The DPT 2016 is under patronage of Federal Minister Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka and will be hosted by the Physics Department of the University of Hamburg and from the excellence cluster The Hamburg Centre for Ultrafast Imaging (CUI).

We also welcome contributions of men!
The abstract submission has been extended to September 30, 2016!

Further information and registration:

26.10. – 28.10.2016

VII EPS Forum Physics and Society

"Getting the Diversity Balance Right in Physics" organised by the European Physical Society in collaboration with the Institute of Physics in London.

The VII Forum will focus on the perennial problem that is faced by many member countries, namely the lack of girls studying physics beyond age 18 and the lack of women working, particularly at the higher levels, in physics related careers.

Broadening topics:
1. How different is the diversity problem in physics across Europe?
2. How can employers gain business advantage by recruiting and retaining a more diverse workforce?
3. How can informal learning encourage under represented groups to study physics?
4. How important are families and schools in supporting under represented groups into physics careers?
Discussion of recommendations of good practice to share across EPS member institutions.

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Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation)

Monitoring Equal Opportunity

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) attaches great importance to equality of opportunity for male and female researchers. The DFG reports annually on the number and the proportion of women researchers submitting proposals to the DFG, on the success of these proposals and on women's representation on the statutory bodies at the DFG.

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