Overview

The 14th Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni – international summer university for women students and professionals in engineering and technology will be organized by University of Bremen in Germany – from 25th July to 5th August online and from 1st to 14th September 2022 on place in Bremen.

We cordially invite women students of all disciplines, levels and different types of institutions of higher education as well as all women interested in engineering and engineering professionals from all over the world! Teaching languages will be English and German.

There will be no participation fees for online courses in 2022.
For courses on place in Bremen there will be a participation fee.

For human resources managers we are particullarly pointing out that, during the whole summer school there will be plenty of opportunities to sponsor and to get in touch with graduates.

For more information, see the Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni-FAQ2022-en.pdf.
We are looking forward to meet keen and ambitious participants!

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Courses and Registration

The University of Bremen offers the 14th Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni – the international Summer University for women in engineering – from 25th July to 5th August as online courses and from 1st to 14th September 2022 on place in Bremen.

The program of the Summer Universities 2022 will include more than 60 courses.

The listing below shows the courses. Teaching and study times are different in every course. Participants need to register in advance. Registration is possible at:
> Full course descriptions and registration page

Courses on campus at Bremen University (chronologically):
– Zielsetzung mit ZRM® – Motto-Zielen [Do 01.09. – Sa 03.09.2022]
– Sexismus – ohne mich! Ein Reflexions- und Argumentations-Workshop [Do 01.09. – Sa 03.09.2022]
– Spring im Einsatz [Do 01.09. – Sa 03.09.2022]
– Do it yourself! Feministisches Netzwerken und Empowerment [Do 01.09. – Sa 03.09.2022]
– Datenschutz und Datensicherheit — Aufbaukurs [Do 01.09. – Sa 03.09.2022]
– Hack your CAD models! Foundations of Computer Aided Design (CAD) with FreeCAD and Python / Hack your CAD models! Foundations of Computer Aided Design (CAD) with FreeCAD and Python [Do 01.09. – Sa 03.09.2022]
– Introduction to the Android Operating System [Do 01.09. – Sa 03.09.2022]

– Hilfe, ein Konflikt – weglaufen bringt nichts! [Mo 05.09. – Mi 07.09.2022]
– Regenerative Design – co-create the world with intelligent solutions [Mo 05.09. – Mi 07.09.2022]
– QM I – Grundkurs Qualitätsmanagement. QM-Methoden in Entwicklung, Produktion und Beschaffung [Mo 05.09. – Mi 07.09.2022]
– Introduction to Stream Processing Paradigm [Mo 05.09. – Mi 07.09.2022]
– Netzwerk- und Hardwarelabor – Teil 1 [Mo 05.09. – Mi 07.09.2022]
– Get cupcake: Create your own text adventure in python [Mo 05.09. – Mi 07.09.2022]
– Einführung in das Projektmanagement [Mo 05.09. – Sa 10.09.2022]
– Penetration testing and ethical hacking for beginners [Mo 05.09. – Sa 10.09.2022]

– Embodied Communication [Mi 07.09. – Sa 10.09.2022]
– And now what? Design your life and work [Mi 07.09. – Sa 10.09.2022]
– QM II – Aufbaukurs Qualitätsmanagement. Agile Prozessentwicklung [Mi 07.09. – Sa 10.09.2022]
– FIND YOUR INNER STRENGTH – Empowerment für deine berufliche Laufbahn [Mi 07.09. – Sa 10.09.2022]
– Raspberry Pi, heute mal als autonomer mobiler Roboter [Mi 07.09. – Sa 10.09.2022]
– Netzgekoppelte Photovoltaikanlagen in der Praxis [Mi 07.09. – Sa 10.09.2022]
– Netzwerk- und Hardwarelabor – Teil 2 [Mi 07.09. – Sa 10.09.2022]
– Klar hab’ ich was zu verbergen! Digitale Selbstverteidigung und Datensouveränität für mich und andere [Fr 09.09. – Sa 10.09.2022]

– Sprachverarbeitung – Verfahren und Anwendungen [Mo 12.09. – Mi 14.09.2022]
– Führung und Teamwork in Aktion [Mo 12.09. – Mi 14.09.2022]
– Dream it, think it, make it. A project-based introduction to 3D-printing, Open Source Hardware and the Concept of Fab City [Mo 12.09. – Mi 14.09.2022]
– QM III – Zertifikatskurs Qualitätsmanagement. Agile Projekte im QM. Zertifikatsprüfung „Applied Agile Quality Master“ [Mo 12.09. – Mi 14.09.2022]
– Grundlagen in Python [Mo 12.09. – Mi 14.09.2022]
– Linux Systems Management Schwerpunkt Firewall und Datensicherung [Mo 12.09. – Mi 14.09.2022]
– Datenschutz und Datensicherheit — Datenschutzaudits. Zertifikatskurs zum Datenschutz [online-Kurs Mo 26.09. – Fr 30.09.2022]

Online Courses (already finished):
– Storyboard und Storytelling [Mo 25.07. – Di 26.07.2022]
– Big Data Analytics using Distributed Platforms [Mon 25th Jul – Thu 28th Jul 2022]
– Einführung in Python [Mo 25.07. – Fr 29.07.2022]
– Sketchnoting – Denken mit den Augen und Visualisieren von Hand [Mo 25.07. — 05.08.2022]
– Software-Entwicklung in der Medizin. Einblicke in den Alltag einer Informatikerin / Software development in medicine. Insights into the daily work of a computer scientist [Mo 25.07. – Fr 29.07.2022]
– How (not) to Master your Thesis – Akademische Arbeiten in technischen Fächern meistern [Mo 25.07. – Fr 29.07.2022]
– Scrum I – Agiles Projektmanagement. Rollen im Scrum Team, Theory of Scrum und Artefakte [Mi 27.07. – Sa 30.07.2022]
– Datenschutz und Datensicherheit – Grundkurs [Mi 27.07. – Sa 30.07.2022]
– Blockchains, Crypto & Web3 – eine praktische Einführung [Do 28.07. – Fr 29.07.2022]
– Bio? Das ist doch grün, oder nicht? – Nachhaltigkeit in der Prozessentwicklung [Do 28.07. – Sa 30.07.2022]
– Einstieg in die Kryptografie [Mo 01.08. – Do 04.08.2022]
– Wie wir Maschinen beibringen sexistisch zu sein – Ursachen, Probleme und Folgen von Diskriminierung durch Maschinelles Lernen/KI [Mo 01.08. – Fr 05.08.2022]
– Scrum II – Agiles Projektmanagement. Events, Sprints und Storyboard [Mi 03.08. – Sa 06.08.2022]
– Scrum III – Agiles Projektmanagement. Präsentation des Scrum-Projekts und Zertifikatsprüfung «Applied Scrum Master» [Mi 10.08. – Fr 19.08.2022]

Lecturer Program:
– Antidiskriminierung und Diskriminierungsschutz [Mi 29.06.]
– Antidiskriminierung und Diskriminierungsschutz [Mi 29.06.]
– Antidiskriminierung und Diskriminierungsschutz [Mo 04.07.]
– Antidiskriminierung und Diskriminierungsschutz [Mo 04.07.]
– Basiskurs Datenschutz in der Lehre [Mo 04.07.]
– Interaktive Online-Lehre / Interactive & Engaging Online Facilitation [Mo 11.07.]
– Interaktive Online-Lehre / Interactive & Engaging Online Facilitation [Mo 11.07.]
– Warum Technik nie neutral ist. Einführung und Austausch [Di 12.07.]
– Geschlechtergerechte und diversitätssensible Sprache in der Lehre [Mo 18.07.]
– Interaktive Lehre vor Ort bei den Sommerunis / Interactive Co-Located Sessions [Di 19.07.]
– Interaktive Lehre vor Ort bei den Sommerunis / Interactive Co-Located Sessions [Di 19.07.]
– Why Technology is Never Neutral. Introduction and Exchange [Wed 20th July]

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Archive Part Online Courses 2020

Dear Participants, Lecturers, and Friends of the Summer Universities 2020,

we look back on exciting months full of new intensive experiences: The 12th Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni went online! From July to Oktober 2020 some 50 courses got lots of applaus from student participants nearby and far away.

The International Summer University for Women in Engineering at Bremen University switched to flexible online teaching in 2020 and the echos of participants were enormous. More than 230 students took part in courses, and were happy about online exchange, talks and discussions.

Our thanks…
As organizing team we thank our fantastic lecturers – the new as well as the familiar – for the exciting, personal and compact teaching.

Many thanks also to all the participants for active participation, discussions, comments and criticism, networking and collegiality. A big ‘Thanks’ goes to those, who for different reasons, would never have been able to travel to Bremen; but they sent us their joy about this online opportunities. We will now think about future ways to combine online and physical teaching in Bremen.

We are MUCH aware that online teaching is not at all comparable to the common, wonderful contacts between lecturers and students we all wish for every summer university. Not to be able to see you in person, to join you during lunch break, to go to excursions or to party together was a great pity and we were missing all of this and more.

Last but not least we warmly thank our student assistants team. It was good to have you as the only students in place at the University during the summer.

Our Review
Our focus 2020 brought some unexpected topicality:

“Boundaries of the Body”
(Women’s) Bodies are sites of technological developments. Boundaries and limits become increasingly blurred: either through the optimization of health parameters, or the digital and technical enhancement of the body, up to unregulated collection of body-related data, and the bodies suffering the consequences of technology-based warfare. The Summer University 2020 wanted to give space and time for critical reflections and welcomed experimental debates on the relations of technological knowledge and developments in societies. We saw that several online courses integrated these topics.

Our motivation is to present the topics about gender diversity and feminist perspectives on teaching and society as cross-cutting issues, to integrate these into teaching and prevent these from “staying aside” of courses in separate courses.

Our Outlook…
We are curious to read your evaluations and to receive you suggestions. These will be taken into the planning of the next summer university year 2021.

The next upcoming online period will be a good moment to improve teaching methods. But we hope that at least a short version of summer university offers at Bremen will be possible.

We invite you all to partcipate and look forward to welcoming you next summer!

Greetings from Bremen,
Henrike Illig and Veronika Oechtering

There were no participation fees in 2020. Short information about the published courses:

  • Python für Anfängerinnen (Mo 20.7.- Do 23.7.)
  • Wie wir Maschinen beibringen sexistisch zu sein – Ursachen, Probleme und Folgen von Bias in Maschinellem Lernen/KI (Mo 20.07.- Fr 24.07.)
  • Diskriminierung und Antidiskriminierung im Arbeitsleben – Probleme und mögliche Handlungsstrategien, (Di 21.- Do 23.7.)
  • How (not) to Master your Thesis – Akademische Arbeiten meistern (Mo 27.07.- Fr 31.07.)
  • Apps selbst entwickeln (Mo 03.08.- Fr 07.08.)
  • Diskriminierung durch Algorithmen? – Technikethische Reflexionen zu aktuellen Herausforderungen, (Di 04.-06.08.)
  • Qualitätsmanagement in Entwicklung, Produktion und Beschaffung (Mi 05.08.- Fr 19.08.)
  • Mikrocontrollerplatine programmieren: Calliope mini /Programming microcontroller board Calliope mini (Mo 10.08.- Di 11.08.)
  • Einführung in das Projektmanagement (Mo 10.08.- Sa 15.08.)
  • Grafisch programmieren mit Calliope mini (Teil 2) (Do 13.08.- Fr 14.08.)
    Sprachverarbeitung – Verfahren und Anwendungen (Fr 14.08.- Mo 17.08.)
  • Einführung in maschinelles Lernen /Introduction to Machine Learning (Fr 14.08.- Sa 22.08.)
  • Hands on Deep Learning (Fr 14.08.- So 30.08.)
  • Kreativitätstechniken und Ideenmanagement (Mo 17.08.- Di 18.08.)
  • Netzwerk- und Hardwarelabor, Teil 1 (Mo 17.08.- Mi 19.08.)
  • Einführung in die Strömungssimulation mit OpenFOAM / Introduction into Computational Fluid Dynamics using OpenFOAM (Mo 17.08.- Do 20.08.)
  • Software-Entwicklung in der Medizin. Einblicke in den Alltag einer Informatikerin (Mo 17.08.- Fr 21.08.)
  • Datenschutz und Datensicherheit (Mo 17.08.- Mo 24.08.)
  • Gender & Diversity als Schlüsselkompetenzen in Studium und Beruf (Mi 19.08.-Do 20.08.)
  • Netzwerklabor Teil 2 mit Wireshark (Mi 19.08.- Fr 21.08.)
  • Sexismus – ohne mich! Ein Reflexions- und Argumentations-Workshop (Fr 21.8.)
  • Prozessentwicklung im Qualitätsmanagement (Fr 21.08.- Mi 26.08.)
  • Erfolgreich Verhandeln (Mo 24.08- Di 25.08.2020)
  • Regenerative Design – mit intelligenten Konzepten die Welt verändern / Regenerative Design – co-create the world with intelligent solutions (Mo 24.08.- Mi 26.08.)
  • Einführung in Java (Mo 24.08.- Fr 28.08.)
  • Einführung in die Welt der Datenbanken und der Datenbankmanagementsysteme (Mo 24.08.- Sa 29.08.)
  • Dem Werkstoffversagen auf der Spur (Praxisorientierte Schadensanalyse)  (Mi 26.08.- Fr 28.08.)
  • Und was jetzt? – Gestalte dein Leben selbstbestimmt (inclusive deiner Arbeit) / And now what? – Design your life and work (Do 27.08.- Sa 29.08.)
  • Alle gleich? Diversität und Ungleichheiten im Studium (Fr 28.08.)
  • Scrum Project: Agile Storyboard – Applied Scrum Master Certification (Fr 28.08.- Sa 05.09.)
  • Hilfe, ein Konflikt – weglaufen bringt nichts! (Mi 02.09.- Do 03.09.)
  • Einführung in die Programmierung mit Python (Mi 02.09.- Do 10.09.)
  • Bildanalyse mit Neuronalen Netzwerken / Image analysis with neural networks (Mo 07.09.- 10.09.)
  • Embodied Communication (Mo 14.09.- Di 15.09.)
  • Einstieg in Python (Mo 14.09.- Do 17.09.)
  • Programming for Data Analysis and Statistics with R (Mon 14.09.- Thu 17.09.)
  • Gendersensible Sprache. Wie es geht und warum sie wichtig ist (Fr 18.9.)
  • OpenSCAD (Sa 19.09.- So 20.09.)
  • Data Feminism – Erkundungen zwischen Cyber-, Xeno- und Technofeminismen (Mo 21.09.- Do 24.09.)
  • Grundlagen des Computer-Aided Design mit FreeCAD und Python / Hack your CAD models! Foundations of Computer Aided Design (CAD) with FreeCAD and Python (Mo 21.09.- Fr 25.09.)
  • Engineering for social transformation: climate change, technology and gender (Tue 22.09.- Wed 23.09.)
  • Let’s Play! Zoom-Theater, Telefon-Games und andere digitale Kulturformate (Mo 28.09.-Fr 02.10.)
  • Think Global, Act Local: the impact of the ‚New Urban Agenda‘ on our everyday life. (Tue 29.09.-Thu 01.10.)

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Register

The registration as participant is possible via a common web-based registration system of the Informatica Feminale and the Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni.

The attendance of courses requires prior registration. You may attend several courses, but you will have to register for each course bindingly beforehand. In order to register, please select the courses which you’d like to attend from our website.

Places will be assigned according to time of registration. First come, first served!

Your course registration will be confirmed via e-mail from the University of Bremen after completion of your registration process. Further information regarding the program procedure will be e-mailed as well. The lecturers will contact their students beforehand with materials necessary for preliminary course requirements.

Participants may select additional courses. As soon as a course is fully booked it will appear as blocked in the online registration system.

Liability Disclaimer
The organizers assume no liability for any damage to persons or to property, which is caused by participants or their children.

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Social Events

Further on, you are invited to join several lectures and discussions at the summer university during September in Bremen.
Save the Date:
On Thursday, 8th September 2022 we will celebrate the 25th Informatica Feminale at Haus der Wissenschaft in Bremen.
Further Inforamtion will be published here in May.

Call for Contributions 2022 – an Invitation to all Women Experts!

The University of Bremen in Germany will host the 14th International Summer University for Women in Engineering. Women engineers from academia or industry and women working interdisciplinarily are cordially invited to develop and submit course offerings. Topics from the broad field of engineering and technology are welcome. Especially teaching in electrical engineering, information technology, chemical and mechanical engineering is welcome. Online courses to be taught from July 25th to August 5th, 2022, and courses on place in Bremen from September 1st to 14th, 2022. The course periods can be a few days or split up over the two weeks.
The Call for Contributions 2022 is open: course offers can be submitted until February 28, 2022.

Every year, the Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni offers compact teaching in electrical engineering, information technology, chemical and mechanical engineering and related interdisciplinary fields. The Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni is part of the regular course offerings of Bremen University so that teaching assignments can be given to women lecturers. We are especially looking for international lecturers. Course offerings in German and in English are welcome! We invite scientists, to take the summer university as a test field for new teaching formats and to get experience with highly engaged and interested participants. We also invite lecturers with course offers on career topics.

The women´s network Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni and its sister Informatica Feminale are a place to exchange about technical and social developments, which we meet in our every-day life and which are designed by ourselves as technical experts.

The Summer University wants to give space and time for critical reflections and highly welcomes experimental debates on the relations of technological knowledge and developments in societies. We especially invite teaching offers, which deal with applications of technical know-how in spaces for work and life (for example within care, education, health, food, household, mobility, social networking, publicity, sports, militarization, etc.) from feminist perspectives.
Submissions for courses, panels, workshops, and talks on topics such as gender, equality, technology and ethics are highly welcome.

Companies with gender sensible organizational concepts and successful personal management strategies to promote women engineers to a broad spectrum of leading positions are invited to present their best practices to the participants of Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni. For human resources managers we are particularly pointing out that, during the whole summer school there will be plenty of opportunities to sponsor and to get in touch with graduates.

For the Summer University for Women in Engineering 2022 we cordially invite women students of all types of universities and colleges as well as women professionals interested in further training from all over the world! You will experience three months of professional studies and establish a network with women having manifold backgrounds in a friendly and stimulating environment at the University of Bremen.

Hint:
In parallel to the Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni, we will organize the Informatica Feminale, the Summer University for Women in Computing. Your are invited to submit your course also there.
>Call for Contributions for the Informatica Feminale.

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Ideal lecturers

Our ideal lecturers are …

  • Women professors who are looking for motivated students to experiment with new concepts of teaching
  • Women researchers who prepare independent courses and would like to teach in a pleasant atmosphere
  • Women practitioners who would like to share their work experiences or to gain teaching experience for a university career
  • Women researchers and practitioners from different fields who deal interdisciplinarily with engineering
  • Students who would like to offer subject-specific discussions of experience
  • Experts offering orientation for students being in the course of their studies or preparing for the transition to working life.

Interested lecturers who apply for the first time for the Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni in Bremen should give a short overview of their professional background. Furthermore, we ask for some personal information in the course submission form, which might be used for advertising the summer university in the program on the website.

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Course Submission

Please send us your teaching offer via our course submission forms. Submission deadline: February 28th, 2022

ONLINE TEACHING

Following the situation in January 2022, we are going to plan the Summer Universities with online courses as well as on place in Bremen. In online courses, lecturers will teach from their preferred place. Teaching on place will be at the University of Bremen.

TEACHING LANGUAGES

In 2022 we wish to gain the interest of international participants with courses in English and in German. More languages combined with these are welcome, too. You can offer your teaching only in German or only in English or combine these with other languages.

Submissions will be send via the common form used together for Informatica Feminale.

If you want to teach your course mostly in German, please use our
> submission form in German language.

If you want to teach your course mostly in English, please use our
> submission form in English language.

Other languages can be integrated in both of these forms.

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Planning

What you need to know about planning your course offer

On the following pages we would like to outline the general conditions for teaching at the Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni and to give you advice on submitting a course. You can also find this information in the submission form for course offers.

The most important facts, to develop a course offer, are summarized in a planning guide. We recommend all lecturers to read it before applying.

For questions and further information please contact:

University of Bremen
Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni
P.O. Box 330440
D-28334 Bremen
Germany
Phone +49 (0)421 218-64469
Email: info@ingenieurinnen-sommeruni.de

or
Veronika Oechtering
Phone +49 (0)421 218-64463

Henrike Illig
Phone +49 (0)421 218-64467

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Course Topics

We are looking for courses that cover the whole range of electrical engineering and information technology, chemical and mechanical engineering, ethics and society, as well as courses that cover interdisciplinary topics.

The women’s network Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni and its sister Informatica Feminale are a place to exchange about technical and social developments, which we meet in our every-day life and which are designed by ourselves as technical experts.

The Summer University wants to give space and time for critical reflections and highly welcomes experimental debates on the relations of technological knowledge and developments in societies. We especially invite teaching offers, which deal with applications of technical know-how in spaces for work and life (for example within care, education, health, food, household, mobility, social networking, publicity, sports, militarization, etc.) from feminist perspectives.
Submissions for courses, panels, workshops, and talks on topics such as gender, equality, technology and ethics are highly welcome.

Teaching languages are German and English.

We invite scientists, to take the summer university as test field for changed teaching formats and to get experience with highly engaged and interested participants. This open situation surprises our new lecturers every year and gives motivation to the teaching at their home universities.

Undergraduate students highly request courses that train basic skills such as experimental work and context skills. Combining theoretical and practical work – especially to deapen knowledge from regular courses – is very interesting for the summer university. Any engineering topics on advanced level and soft skills training are welcome as well!

Joint courses offered by two lecturers have proved their worth during the past summer universities; this can be a chance to promote interdisciplinarity.

Please note: We cannot accept courses that deal with single commercial products. It is recommended to focus on general concepts instead.

Further explanations are available in the submission form or via email (info@ingenieurinnen-sommeruni.de).

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Teaching Methods and Course Types

The following teaching methods and course types are possible:

  • Course
    Teacher-centered teaching alternates with practical exercises or presentation by the participants during the course.
  • Project
    The participants work on a topic that is related to a larger project.
  • Lab
    Skills are trained with practical tasks.
  • Workshop
    All topics are worked out and developed with the consultation of the participants.

Several types may be combined.

When you prepare a course, you should make clear which participants you want to reach and what prior knowledge you are expecting.

Teaching is expected in a gender- and diversity-sensible way. We will offer online trainings on these topics for specific groups of lecturers.

We will group all courses into categories of time and topic. The length of your course can vary (according to our block scheme). We will arrange the schedule by taking other courses into account as well.

Official coordinator and venue (also for online teaching) will be the University of Bremen. All teaching regulations in Bremen University are also relevant for the summer courses. Technical infrastructures of the participating departments at Bremen University will be available for use. Especially the learning management system STUD.IP and the video conference systems are given.

External lecturers will receive a lecturer account, which authorizes to use most of tools within the learning management and the video conference systems. Participants will receive a guest account.

Based on our experience during summer 2020 and 2021, we strongly recommend the video conference system Big Blue Button. At Bremen University it is integrated in the learning management system STUD.IP, so that every class group has also direct access to pad, wiki, videos, etc. Lecturers can also use the tools  DoIT and EduWork Builder, to prepare time-scheduled tasks. As soon as a course will be accepted for the summer universities we will offer individual or group trainings for lecturers.

For privacy reasons we will not accept any use of tools which are not hosted within the European Union. There will be no exception. We will also offer trainings on privacy aspects within online teaching.

Necessary software installations, which need to be hosted at Bremen University, have to be communicated early in advance. No adminstration rights for computer labs are given to lecturers.

We recommend early exchange with the organizers of the summer university if the installation process of a specific software is part of the course content or if applications with critical administration rights will be used.

If courses are going to be run in place at Bremen University WiFi and other necessary teaching materials (e.g. projector, moderating materials, etc.) are available free of charge in every classroom. Further details will be arranged individually.

In the submission form you can choose the course type. We will check your specifications and, if necessary, recommend modifications.

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Participants

You will be expected by motivated participants, who are:

  • Women students from universities, colleges and other institutions, studying engineering either as major or minor subject
  • Women students from the fields of engineering, sciences, social sciences and the humanities
  • Women experts from practice who want to study further on a high level of qualification as well as
  • (sometimes) Pupils with an interest in studying engineering.

This variety of life experiences and perspectives in particular is what evolves vivid discussions during the courses and is a special quality of the summer university.

We are usually expecting 200 to 250 participants in Bremen with courses of 10 to 12 women. In online classes we have 10-12 participants. Teachers are able to limit the course size. The teaching in small groups guarantees an intensive working atmosphere. Courses with practical elements should plan with no more than 10 participants.

Based on experience, women participate in the Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni voluntarily because they are highly motivated by their interest in the given topics or by the experimental possibilities during the courses. Most participants are women students and women experts. Many participants are attending the summer university regularly.

Students are coming from international universities and colleges. This requires a lot of communication before and during the first hours of the course to determine a common basis. Participants, who attend the Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni for advanced vocational training, often have to take time off from work. Participating in online classes also means for many women to switch between care work, work places and study times.

Employed participants are paying a higher participation fee than students. Online courses are without any fees for all categories of participants.

When preparing a course offer, you should identify the group of participants you want to reach and what previous knowledge they should have. It should be clear whether, for example, only students in a specific phase of their studies are addressed or if a broad variety of participants is desired. Examples from past summer studies can give you an idea.

The submission form for courses contains phrasings of the past years.

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Teaching Times

According to the diverse forms of teaching and to enable approval of credit for student participants and teaching assignments to teachers, different durations of lectures are possible. The duration and time of individual lectures are arranged by the organizers in Bremen, based on the proposal of the teachers. During the planning there will be a consultation with the teachers.

The summer university 2022 will be planned as online program from 25th July to 5th August and on place in Bremen from 1st to 14th September 2022. For both the parts we use a fixed scheme for teaching blocks and timing.

For online teaching, course blocks with the whole class group should last 3-4 hours maximum. During the remaining hours in a day there may only be organized councelling or small group or exercise work.

For physical teaching in Bremen, we use a schedule with fixed teaching blocks:

Download Teaching Blocks

A course needs to be planned at least with 14 class hours with 45 minutes each (= 1 SWS), more hours are possible. Also, working hours of participants have to be calculated to offer possible credit points. We have collected some best practice examples for teaching processes and sequences.

A calculation is integrated in the submission form. You can also include your preferred dates there.

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Requirements

To give students a specific idea about content, activities and requirements of a course, we need a clear description from you. The Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni wants to enable approval of credit for student participants and teaching assignments for lecturers.

Credit Points (CP)

To enable approval of credit for bachelor and master students, courses must be rewarded with Credit Points according to the European Credit Point Transfer System (ECTS), representing the standard grading system in Bachelor and Master programs in the European Union. Each Credit Point corresponds to 30 clock hours of work (60 minutes each). This includes participation in the teaching blocks, all course work and homework including preparation and follow-up work.

Minimum is 1 Credit Point per course, 2 or more CP are possible for elaborate courses.

To receive Credit Points, participants have to fulfill the following requirements:

Credit Points Class hours* in Bremen Plus preparation and follow-up in all
for 1 CP
(or 30 clock hours)
14 class hours;
or 10,5 clock hours
19,5 clock hours
for 2 CP
(or 60 clock hours)
14 class hours;
or 10,5 clock hours
49,5 clock hours
for 2 CP
(or 60 clock hours)
28 class hours;
or 21 clock hours
39 clock hours
for 3 CP
(or 90 clock hours)
28 class hours;
or 21 clock hours
69 clock hours

* 1 class hour = 45 minutes

Calculation of teaching hours in 2022

We have collected some best practice examples to support the calculation of teaching hours and credit points. Frameworks are the two weeks for online and the fixed teaching blocks for physical classes. Please follow the examples for teaching processes and sequences.

Preparation and follow-up work includes

search of literature, software installation, programming work, participation in talks, presentations, team work, home work, writing of any texts, etc. All working times are seen as equivalent.

Please notice, that participants of Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni will not have any time for this work during their stay in Bremen, because of social events in the evenings or other courses during the week. Teachers and participants will only be able to work for a specific course during class hours.

Appraisal and grading

Additionally to Credit Points, the fulfillment of requirements will have to be valued with “passed” or “failed”. Work can be graded, but that is not obligatory!

The grading has to follow the “Allgemeiner Teil der Bachelorprüfungsordnung” of Bremen University; more information will be given to teachers after the decision of the program committee.

At the end of each course, students will get a certificate of participation.

Recognition

Additionally, students often want to get credit for their participation for an approval at their home institution. Therefore, they need a precise announcement of the performance requirements before the beginning of the course.

Students themselves are responsible for the approval of credits achieved during the summer courses. Therefore they have to contact the home university for further details. Accordingly, all requirements including preparation and follow-up need to be clear before the beginning of the course.
Within the engineering degree courses at the University of Bremen, the approval of credits is determined internally and announced on the website of the Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni.

Examples from past courses can give you an idea of what your description should contain. In the submission form you will be asked for several possibilities.

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Teaching Assignment

Lecturers can get teaching assignments for half week and week courses (= 14 or 28 teaching hours with 45 minutes each) and including supervision of preparation and follow-up work. This equals one resp. two semester periods per week. At least 1 credit point must be offered, too.

The requirement for getting a teaching assignment is a complete description of the course. All necessary data is asked in the submission forms for courses. Missing information will be added later, if necessary.

In every case the remuneration will be equal to those for guest lecturers at the University of Bremen (depending on the lecturers’ background this is between 27 and 47 euros per teaching hour).

For more details please contact the organizers in Bremen.

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Travel, Accommodation, Child Care and Sponsorship

An accommodation for lecturers, and also for their children if required, is organized by the University of Bremen. In consultation with the teachers, hotel rooms or guest rooms are booked and (if not agreed upon differently) paid by the University of Bremen.

The University will also pay for travel expenses. Please note that costs can only be refunded if they meet the statutory refund regulations of the state of Bremen.

During the whole period of the summer school, there will be free child care available. Children must be registered in advance. During online teaching, we try to support with similar arrangements.

For sponsors, there are multiple ways to support the Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni.

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Further Dates 2022

28 February Submission deadline for course offers
> Submission form
March Meeting of the program committee
From March
Planning of the program and consultation with the lecturers
April and May Planning continuing
from May/June
until September
Announcement of the courses, registration of participants, organisation of publicity
both the
25. international Informatica Feminale
at the University of Bremen
14. international Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni
at the University of Bremen

Notice of related events

22nd–26th February 2022 regional meccanica feminale in Baden-Württemberg
 online
2nd–6th August 2022 regional informatica feminale in Baden-Württemberg
at University of Freiburg
22nd August–
3rd September 2022
ditact_women´s IT summer studies,
Salzburg, Austria

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Summer Universities Archive 2005-2019

The summer university Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni has been developped at Bremen University and is organized since 2005 yearly in August or September. The course program is open for women students from all fields of studies and from all types of universities as well as for interested women in engineering with any backgrounds.

Our archive gives an overview of the spectrum and activities of lecturers and participants along the schedules of the previous summer universities.

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Aims

The aim of Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni is the sustainable professional integration of female experts in engineering, which involves:

  • acknowledging equal participation of all genders in technology development
  • increasing the number of women students and graduates in engineering;
  • attaining women lecturers;
  • connecting women students with professionals and supporting them during the transition into the labor market;
  • developing new impulses — especially for women — in engineering in higher education.

The nature of our conceptual starting point is clearly professional. Our mission is to motivate women in engineering to create a place of exchange for themselves and other women interested in this discipline. This includes exchange of technical knowledge as well as everyday academic and occupational issues. Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni also allows room for personal exchange.

On our website you can get more information about the background and concept of the summer university.

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Concept

In 2005 the University of Bremen started the first national summer university for women in engineering. Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni is a place for experimentation and professional exchange, with the intention to develop and imply new impulses in Engineering.

Three conceptual aspects of academic education – defining curricular fundamentals, training of students and encouraging lecturers – are closely connected in this approach. They connect studying, institutional structures and practices at a university. Particularly technical subjects are strongly influenced by male interests. With the concept of the single-sex Summer University we want to support women at different academic and scientific levels to exert influence increasingly.

We have created a room for developing and exploring new methods for gender equality in the scientific sector. The nature of our conceptual starting point is clearly professional, but also includes a personal level by means of intensive communication offerings. We regard academic and research content in Engineering as well as structures and practices at institutions of higher education as key factors in exclusion for women in Engineering. Therefore gender equality policies should not stop at questions on teaching professional content, but must also regard changes of academic culture in terms of changing the ambience and the organizational focus in everyday education and research at universities.

This will be a long road, but professional networking is indispensable. Summer Universities should create opportunities for women to strengthen their influence on different academic and scientific operating levels.

The concept of Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni has been transfered from Informatica Feminale, the summer university for women in Informatics (Computer Science). Informatica Feminale was developed at Bremen University and is organized at Bremen on a yearly basis since 1998. More detailed information about the concept and history of Informatica Feminale can be found at: www.informatica-feminale.de.

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