The promotion of gender quality and the implementation of gender mainstreaming are recognised as core cross-departmental requirements at FAU. The women’s representatives are responsible for implementing equality measures at each faculty.
The tasks, responsibilities and rights of women’s representatives are defined in the Bavarian Higher Education Act (Bayerisches Hochschulgesetz; Section 4).
In addition to membership of appointment committees, the Faculty Council and various other bodies, the implementation of target agreements between the university and the Faculty of Engineering is another important duty of the women’s representatives (Target agreements 2013-2017 (DE)). Further information about the various target agreements and sponsorship opportunities may be found in the following sections:
The establishment of family-friendly work structures has long been an important aspect at FAU. The FAU Family Service (DE) coordinates and links the various services for parents, children and their relatives during periods of research, career advancement or studies.
In March 2015 an agreement of principles was reached between Bavarian state universities to ensure that higher education is made more family-friendly in the interest of supporting young researchers. Hence, prospective parents can now attend a personal consultation to see how family life and acquiring qualifications can best be combined in their situation. The women’s representatives may also attend these interviews (Section II.3).
In the event of a staff shortage due to a female researcher taking maternity leave, an application can be submitted to the university administration for the provision of a substitute. This also applies to third-party-funded personnel, the aim being to improve the chances of female researchers being recruited to project-related posts.
Application for maternity leave substitution
The application for the appointment of a substitute during maternity leave or of a substitute student assistant for laboratory work during a period of pregnancy and while breast-feeding should be submitted directly to P3 HR Services for Part-Time Academic Staff (please also send a copy to the Office of Equality and Diversity). Please address any questions to Ms Astrid Nietzold.
The faculty is committed to implementing the ‘Appointment Guidelines for Quality Assurance – Appointment Procedures for University Professors and Junior Professors, with particular reference to the aspect of Equality’, which came into force on 15 December 2010.
Female researchers search portal
FAU has introduced a rotating visiting professorship which aims to increase awareness of outstanding female researchers as role models among female students and young researchers and is also part of our efforts to promote women in higher education. It also provides women holding doctorates and postdoctoral qualifications with the opportunity to advance their careers in teaching and research at our university. Male candidates whose research activities focus on a relevant topic may also be considered for the visiting professorship.
A candidate is appointed to the professorship every year in the summer semester. The teaching topic does not necessarily have to relate to the topic of gender, but the visiting professor should be actively involved in teaching the core curriculum and the coaching of young female researchers. The visiting professor is always selected by the women’s representatives a year in advance.
The Faculty of Engineering offers subject- and career-specific presentations by leading researchers. The aim is to showcase female role models and their research and career paths, thus motivating female students and personnel to pursue a career in research. Female postdoctoral students and junior professors at the Faculty of Engineering are offered funding for travel to give lectures at other universities or to attend conferences in order to further their careers and increase their networking opportunities.
To apply for a travel grant for a guest lecture to be given here by a female researcher, send your informal application to Astrid Nietzold; if you wish yourself to apply for a grant for travel to hold a lecture elsewhere, you will need to send the following documentation to Astrid Nietzold:
- Letter of motivation
- Completed travel authorisation form
- Your CV, with a list of your publications where relevant
- Statement of costs
- Description of conference (brochure, website or similar)
- A letter of recommendation from a professor (where appropriate)
- Statement as to whether your department or project has no or only limited travel resources available (only for travel grants for postdoctoral students)
The Faculty of Engineering awards prizes to particularly outstanding doctoral dissertations by female young researchers.
Each year, the Office of Doctoral Affairs selects the 10 best doctoral dissertations by female researchers in the Faculty of Engineering. Their supervising professors are then requested to submit statements on the corresponding research work. Nominations for the prizes are not accepted.
Every year, the Faculty of Engineering offers special events for female school pupils to motivate them to study the subject of engineering at university. The faculty also ensures a balanced gender ratio with regard to its mixed-gender school pupil internships.
The Faculty of Engineering provides targeted support to talented women. The Faculty offers a mentoring programme in collaboration with the Office of Equality and Diversity. The aim is to provide individual assistance to help women obtain additional qualifications and to encourage those female undergraduates and doctoral students with potential to pursue a research career.
ARIADNEtech individually promotes and accompanies female young researchers with potential at the Faculty of Engineering as they work towards their academic career goals. They are assigned an experienced mentor who advises and monitors them for a period of 18 months.
All newly appointed female professors receive start-up funding in addition to the standard financing. The aim of this measure is to encourage women to apply for professorships and to make the faculty a more attractive workplace for highly qualified women.
- W1 professorship €10,000*
- Fixed-term W2/W3 €25,000*
- Permanent W2/W3 professorship €50,000
The total amount is allocated to the newly appointed professorship.
* If there is an internal appointment to a permanent professorship or if a fixed-term appointment is converted into a permanent professorship, the difference to the maximum amount specified in each case will additionally be granted. However, no more than 100% of the maximum amount specified will be granted.
Women's Representatives of the Faculty of Engineering
- Dr.-Ing. Segets, Doris, Tel. +49 9131 85-29404
- Nietzold, Astrid, Tel. +49 911 5302-589
Assistant Women's Representatives
- Department Chemie- und Bioingenieurwesen:
- PD Dr. rer. nat. habil. Barbara Kappes
- Dr.-Ing. Doris Segets
- Dr.-Ing. Amelie Hagelauer
- Sarah Linz
- Franziska Kranz
- Jennifer Maier
- Magdalena Martinek
- Annika Höft
- Christina Ramer
- Corinna Böhm
- DI Dr. Stefanie Rechberger
Opportunities for female school pupils
|On Girls’ Day, businesses and organisations open their doors to female school pupils in year 5 and later.|
|The Girls and Technology internships are designed to enable female school pupils to get to know technology and physics from a new perspective.|
|Would you like to know what a smart vehicle is? Would you like to find out how you can change the future with technology? Have you ever wondered what jobs you could do as a professional engineer? Come to the Female Researchers’ Camp’ to find the answers.|
|Did you ever ask yourself why your image in the mirror is reversed, but not upside down? Would you like to find out how the internet actually works? Join us at CyberMentor and discover the fascinating world of MINT (Mathematics, IT, Natural Sciences and Technology)!|
|The National Pact for women in MINT professions ‘Komm, mach MINT’ is the only federal network initiative designed to encourage girls and women to study MINT subjects and begin a career in a MINT profession. It has already brought together more than 200 partners in the worlds of politics, business, science and the media and converts concepts designed to promote the subject of women and MINT into innovative programmes.
The information centre for ‘Komm, mach MINT’ can be found at: http://material.kompetenzz.net/komm-mach-mint
Options for female students
Female researchers search portal
Information of the Office of Equality and Diversity