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!

Henrike Illig, Isabel Matthias, Veronika Oechtering