Call for Contributions 2022: Lecturers with Innovative Courses are Welcome

The University of Bremen in Germany starts 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.

> Call for Contributions 2022 to Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni

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. Additionally, a special focus program will be arranged.

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.

International summer courses for women in engineering

For the Summer University for Women in Engineering 2022 we cordially invite women students from 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.

Every year the Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni offers compact teachings in engineering and technology.

Entering higher education, developing a student career, transition into labour market and lifelong academic learning are equally in the field of vision. Inter/national lecturers and students meet at the Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni in Bremen, Germany to exchange.

Since 2005 the Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni is part of the regular course program of Bremen University and organized by the Kompetenzzentrum Frauen in Naturwissenschaft und Technik der Universität Bremen (Center of Excellence Women in Science and Technology) in cooperation with the Fachbereich Produktionstechnik – Maschinenbau & Verfahrenstechnik sowie dem Fachbereich Physik und Elektrotechnik.

Funding comes predominately from the Professorinnenprogramm (joint initiatives of the German federal state and the Länder) and the University of Bremen.

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A place for experimentation in teaching

In 2005 the University of Bremen started the first 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.

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 in 1998 and is organized at Bremen on a yearly basis in parallel to the Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni . More detailed information about the concept and history of Informatica Feminale can be found at www.informatica-feminale.de.

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Impressions of the Online Summer Courses 2021

Dear Participants, Lecturers, and Friends of the Summer Universities 2021,

again as last year, the 13th Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni had to stay online and our plans for courses in Bremen were stopped.

But as always the lecturers were flexible, the students’ echos great, and from July to October, both the summer universities Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni and Informatica Feminale with some 50 courses went ahead. Some course were booked out in hours after publication; others realized settings with few students and very intensive learning. Lecturers sent hardware for experiments to their students; participants organized their own lunch meetings and got happy about virtual networking.

Many thanks to the wonderful lecturers, who participated with full engagement. We are especially pleased, that you followed with interest our special online training program for lecturers about the topics privacy, facilitation, and protection from discrimination in online teaching.

Many thanks also to all the 180 participants for active participation, discussions, comments and criticism, networking and collegiality!
We as organizers have again learnt much about a reasonable design of the Summer University. Some courses with huge practical parts are difficult to realize online. At the same time we will support the wish of those participants, who for different reasons, would never have been able to travel to Bremen. In future, we will arrange weeks with online teaching as well as physical courses in Bremen. Hopefully, both the plans will be realized next year already!

But we miss you all – lecturers and participants – on place in Bremen. No cafeteria, no field trips, no guests. Next year, the 25th Informatica Feminale will be organized – a good reason to celebrate a “real” party.

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

Greetings
Henrike Illig, Isabel Matthias, Veronika Oechtering