Empowerment for female scientists

Empowerment for female scientists

dates: 22 + 23 February 2022, online

trainers: Dr Isabel Fraas, Dr Anne Freese

target group: female PhD students & Postdocs



More than half of all students are female and the number of doctorates is relatively balanced. On the other hand, the proportion of women in professorships and academic management positions is only around 25 percent in Germany as a whole. The phenomenon of the 'leaky pipeline' (the departure of women from academia after science after obtaining a doctorate) results in an enormous gender gap, which is of great concern to actors in the field of equality funding bodies (DFG, BMBF, EU, etc.). Those actors have been resolutely addressing and want to prevent it with various measures.

In the workshop, we will discuss the possible structural reasons for this imbalance as well as gender stereotypical career patterns, discuss behavioral stereotypes based on typical situations and develop gender-sensitive communication strategies. We will also look at phenomena such as Unconscious Bias, Impostor Syndrome, and Stereotype Threat and illustrate them in science. The workshop goal is to raise awareness of prevalent stereotypes, behavioral patterns, and common communication traps. Moreover, we want to develop strategies for autonomous career planning and personal space in science.