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Women’s representative

Welcome to the website of the women’s representatives at the Faculty of Engineering!

Promoting gender equality and implementing gender mainstreaming are key cross-departmental tasks at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. The women’s representatives are responsible for implementing measures relating to equality policy at the faculties.

Commitment to encouraging women at the Faculty of Engineering

The Faculty of Engineering is committed to encouraging women and increasing the percentage of women across all qualification levels. The specific initiatives on offer are stipulated in the current version of the target agreements 2018 – 2022 concluded between FAU and the Faculty of Engineering. Information about what is currently offered to advance the careers of women at various qualification levels can be found in the following section:

 

Measures aimed at promoting women across the various qualification levels at the Faculty of Engineering.

 

The Faculty of Engineering offers special annual events for girls to motivate them to study engineering. It also makes sure that there is a good balance between the genders in mixed internships aimed at school pupils.

The point of contact for programmes aimed at girls who are still at school is Astrid Nietzold.

On the fourth Thursday in April, companies and organisations across Germany open their doors to girls from year 5 and up for Girls’ Day. Various activities are offered by the Faculty of Engineering giving an insight into research at the Faculty. Chairs that run experiments at the event can apply for financial support (e.g. for experiment materials or student assistants to supervise the experiments).

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In this programme aimed at increasing interest in science and engineering among girls, female pupils from years 8 to 12 can take a hands-on approach to science and carry out various interesting experiments, whilst learning at the same time about the wide range of careers available in the field of engineering. It is always held in the last week of the school summer holidays.

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The Forscherinnen-Camp (women in research holiday programme) is aimed at girls between the ages of 14 and 18 who are at grammar school (Gymnasium). The event hopes to increase the girls’ self-confidence when it comes to technology, digitalisation and engineering. The pupils are given an intensive insight into the engineering profession by working on a genuine assignment together with the University and an industrial company over a period of five days.

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CyberMentor is a free online mentoring programme for potential students of science, technology, engineering or mathematics – otherwise known as STEM – aimed at female pupils in years five to twelve. FAU has been involved in the project since 2011. The concept behind CyberMentor is to give girls access to a female mentor. The mentors are all female and can be either students from the third semester or above studying STEM subjects, researchers in the field, entrepreneurs or women working in science or industry.

The point of contact for female student programmes is Marion Kämmlein.

As part of the target agreements between the Faculty of Engineering and FAU, outstanding female Master’s students can apply for a travel scholarship. This can be used to fund active participation in a conference or a short period of research at another institution in Germany or abroad. Conferences in Germany are eligible for maximum funding of €350. Up to €600 is available towards attending a conference abroad. The maximum funding for a short period of research is €1,000.

Information on applying for funding can be found in the guidelines for applying for a travel scholarship (currently only german version available).

The Faculty of Engineering is committed to advancing the careers of particularly talented women across all qualification levels. They run the ARIADNETechNat mentoring programme in cooperation with the Office of Equality and Diversity. By providing women individual support through a personal mentor, the programme aims to help women successfully complete their further qualifications, whilst also encouraging high-potential female students and young researchers to start a career in research. Experienced mentors are there to give advice and support as and when needed. Participation in the programme is free of charge.

The ARIADNETechNat master programme is available for Master’s students. Please contact the programme coordinator Dr. Elena Zeißler if you would like to apply or require any further information. Mentoring is provided over a period of 9 months.

The point of contact for female doctoral programmes is Marion Kämmlein.

As part of the target agreements between the Faculty of Engineering and FAU, outstanding female PhD students can apply for a travel scholarship. This can be used to fund active participation in a conference or a short period of research at another institution in Germany or abroad. Conferences in Germany are eligible for maximum funding of €350. Up to €600 is available towards attending a conference abroad. The maximum funding for a short period of research is €1,000.

Information on applying for funding can be found in the guidelines for applying for a travel scholarship (currently only german version available).

The Faculty of Engineering is committed to advancing the careers of particularly talented women across all qualification levels. They run the ARIADNETechNat mentoring programme in cooperation with the Office of Gender und Diversity. By providing women individual support through a personal mentor, the programme aims to help women successfully complete their further qualifications, whilst also encouraging high-potential female students and young researchers to start a career in research. Experienced mentors are there to give advice and support as and when needed. Participation in the programme is free of charge.

The ARIADNETechNat doc programme is available for PhD students. Please contact the programme coordinator Dr. Elena Zeißler if you would like to apply or require any further information. Mentoring is provided over a period of 18 months.

Funding is available for female doctoral candidates in departments with a very low percentage of women to take advantage of individual coaching (e.g. for working specifically on a personal weakness). Funding is only available for the departments of Energy Technology, Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering. It is generally up to the doctoral candidates themselves to find a suitable coach. However, the Centre for Continuing Education in University-Level Teaching (FBZHL) can help if necessary. The maximum funding available for coaching is €1,200 per applicant.

Further information on applying can be found in the guidelines for application (currently only german version available).

The Faculty of Engineering offers visiting scholarships to encourage excellent young female researchers from abroad to spend time researching at the Faculty. Women who are well on their way to achieving their doctoral degree, carrying out postdoctoral research, working on their habilitation or working as a junior professor are all eligible to apply for funding. The idea behind the scholarship is to encourage internationalisation at FAU, boost the reputation of FAU abroad and take a proactive approach to headhunting excellent young female researchers. Applications for funding have to be submitted by a professor at the Faculty of Engineering. The decision as to whether or not funding is to be granted is taken by the committee of women’s representatives at the Faculty of Engineering. The maximum amount of funding available for each application is €2,000.

Detailed information on how to apply can be found in the guidelines for application (currently only german version available).

The Faculty of Engineering recognises outstanding doctoral theses written by young female researchers at the Faculty with an annual doctoral thesis award. The decision is taken internally at the Faculty and suggestions are not accepted.

The point of contact for programmes for female PostDocs, Habilitandinnen and Juniorprofessorinnen is Marion Kämmlein.

Research periods at foreign research locations are a central component of a career in research. The Faculty of Engineering offers outstanding young women researchers the possibility of applying for a scholarship as a guest researcher abroad (international visiting scholarship). Funding is available for female postdoctoral researchers, junior professors and women working on their habilitation who are planning to spend time abroad.

The amount of funding for a short research stay abroad is determined by the committee of the women’s representatives at the Faculty of Engineering on a case by case basis, up to a maximum of €10,000.

Further information on applying can be found in the guidelines for application (currently only german version available).

The Faculty of Engineering offers visiting scholarships to encourage excellent young female researchers from abroad to spend time researching at the Faculty. Women who are well on their way to achieving their doctoral degree, carrying out postdoctoral research, working on their habilitation or working as a junior professor are all eligible to apply for funding. The idea behind the scholarship is to encourage internationalisation at FAU, boost the reputation of FAU abroad and take a proactive approach to headhunting excellent young female researchers. Applications for funding have to be submitted by a professor at the Faculty of Engineering. The decision as to whether or not funding is to be granted is taken by the committee of women’s representatives at the Faculty of Engineering. The maximum amount of funding available for each application is €2,000.

Detailed information on how to apply can be found in the guidelines for application (currently only german version available).

The Faculty of Engineering can provide financial support for individual coaching. This is an option worth considering if young female researchers need support in a specific situation, such as preparing for an interview for a position as a professor, working out a concept for how best to balance an academic career and a family or working specifically to improve a personal weakness.

It is generally up to the applicants themselves to find a suitable coach. However, the Centre for Continuing Education in University-Level Teaching (FBZHL) can help if necessary. Funding is available up to a maximum of €1,200 for up to 6 sessions.

Further information on applying can be found in the guidelines for application (currently only german version available).

The Faculty of Engineering is committed to advancing the careers of particularly talented women across all qualification levels. They run the ARIADNETechNat mentoring programme in cooperation with the Office of Equality and Diversity. By providing women individual support through a personal mentor, the programme aims to help women successfully complete their further qualifications, whilst also encouraging high-potential female students and young researchers to start a career in research. Experienced mentors are there to give advice and support as and when needed. Participation in the programme is free of charge.

The ARIADNETechNat postdoc+ programme is available for female PostDocs, Habilitandinnen and Juniorprofessorinnen. Please contact the programme coordinator Dr. Elena Zeißler if you would like to apply or require any further information. Mentoring is provided over a period of 18 months.

 

The University 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 to contribute to efforts to support women, while providing women with doctoral degrees and habilitations with an opportunity to advance their careers in teaching and research at the University.

Male candidates whose research activities focus on a relevant topic may also be considered for the visiting professorship.

More information, including who to contact, is available on the website of the Büro für Gender und Diversity (Office of Equality and Diversity)

Application

The professorship is awarded each summer semester. Course content does not have to cover gender. The visiting professor should, however, take an active role in teaching the central curriculum and be available for coaching, specifically aimed at encouraging young women to fulfil their potential. Guest professors are appointed one year in advance by the women’s representatives.

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 employer for highly qualified women.

Expenditure/costs

W1 professorship: €50,000* 

W2 professorship: €50,000*

The entire amount is allocated to the newly appointed professor.

* If a permanent professorship is awarded to an internal member of staff or a professorship is changed from temporary to permanent, the difference to the maximum amount is paid. In no instance will more than 100% of the stated maximum amount be paid.

The Faculty of Engineering offers subject-specific and career-oriented lectures by outstanding women in science. The aim is to present female role models and their research and/or career paths, thereby motivating other students and young female researchers to follow a career in research. As part of the current target agreements, the Faculty of Engineering provides funding for guest lectures by external female researchers as well as funding for internal female researchers travelling to other universities to give lectures. A maximum of €1,000 in funding is available for guest lectures by female researchers from research institutions outside of Europe. A maximum of €750 is available for guest lectures by female researchers from research institutes within Europe. The maximum funding available for women in research from within Germany is €500.

An informal application from the chair extending the invitation is all that is needed to apply for funding towards travel expenses for guest lectures at the Faculty of Engineering. Detailed information on how to apply can be found in the guidelines for application (will be provided shortly).

Applications for maternity cover or for research assistants to carry out laboratory work during pregnancy and breastfeeding should be submitted directly to Office P3 – HR Services for Part-Time Academic Staff (plus a copy to the Office of Equality and Diversity).

If children fall ill or the situation at work reaches a peak making it necessary to work longer hours, parents can be left with the predicament of how to care for their children. In such situations, parents (students and staff) at the Faculty of Engineering can turn to the Family Service. The short-term childcare service (emergency care) can step in quickly and flexibly to help with childcare as and when needed, making it easier to balance research, work and family. Please contact the Family Service at FAU directly if you require short-term childcare.

In an emergency or if necessary for work reasons, it is possible for a short-term mobile home office to be set up and a laptop provided. If required, you should apply to the RRZE. Please contact one of the RRZE help desks.

CyberMentor is a free online mentoring programme for potential students of science, technology, engineering or mathematics – otherwise known as STEM – aimed at female pupils in years five to twelve. FAU has been involved in the project since 2011. The concept behind CyberMentor is to give girls access to a female mentor. The mentors are all female and can be either students from the third semester or above studying STEM subjects, researchers in the field, entrepreneurs or employees involved in science or business.

Female students and young female researchers at FAU can apply to become a mentor. As a mentor, you benefit from a network of at least 800 STEM women from science and industry.

Further Information and contacts

Women's Representatives of the Faculty of Engineering

Contact

Assistant Women's Representatives

  • Department Chemie- und Bioingenieurwesen:
    • Dr. rer. nat. Anna Becker
    • Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Barbara Kappes

    Department Elektrotechnik-Elektronik-Informationstechnik:

    • Dr.-Ing. Amelie Hagelauer
    • Sarah Linz

    Department Informatik:

    • Franziska Kranz
    • Vanessa Lange
    • Jennifer Maier
    • Magdalena Martinek

    Department Maschinenbau:

    • Annika Höft
    • Christina Ramer

    Department Werkstoffwissenschaften:

    • Corinna Böhm
    • Dr.-Ing. Manuela Killian
    • DI Dr. Stefanie Rechberger

Women’s representatives are volunteers. The tasks, obligations and rights of women’s representatives are defined in the Bavarian Higher Education Act (section 4). As well as participating in appointment committees, the Faculty Council and various other committees, implementing the target agreements concluded between the University and the Faculty of Engineering is an important area in which the women’s representatives are involved (target agreements). These are aimed at increasing the percentage of women in science. Under the target agreements, outstanding female students and young female researchers can apply for funding for conferences, research periods abroad or individual coaching.

Providing a family-friendly working environment has been important to FAU for a long time now. The FAU and Universitätsklinikum Family Service provides support for families (including parents and family carers) with regard to family commitments and academic life.

The ‘Principles for handling fixed-term contracts according to WissZeitVG, and to promote career opportunities for young researchers at FAU’ passed in March 2015 are also aimed at making the University more family friendly. If so requested by expectant mothers and fathers, a meeting should be held in good time to discuss the options available for balancing family and work in their specific case. The relevant women’s representatives (including those from the department) can also be invited to the meeting (section II.3).

If staff shortages are likely to occur while researchers are on maternity leave, an application can be submitted to the University Administration for maternity cover. This also applies to employees funded by third-party funds in order to improve the chances of women being employed for positions allocated to a specific project.

Are you looking for members of a committee or experts on a particular topic? The website of the Office of Equality and Diversity at FAU gives an overview of portals and databases that can be used to search for women in science.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung has launched several initiatives aimed at making better use of the potential of women with excellent qualifications in science and research.

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Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg has decided to place a stronger focus on the topic of sexual harassment at FAU. The objective is to take a clear stance on the issue and actively deal with any conflicts arising as a result.

On the website of the Büro für Gender und Diversity (Office of Equality and Diversity) you can find Information on

  • Richtlinien zum Umgang mit sexueller Belästigung an der FAU (Guidelines with sexual harassment at FAU)
  • Internetschulung “Sexuelle Belästigung und Gewalt in der Arbeits- und Ausbildungswelt” (Online tutorial ‘Sexual harassment and violence in the world of work and education’
  • Handzettel “Nein heißt Nein” (Leaflet ‘No means no’)
  • Contact addresses