Workshops and Lecture Series

"Professional, gender- and diversity-sensitive personnel selection in science" (March 2019)

As part of an initiative to reduce discrimination in selection procedures and increase diversity in the academic world (go d!verse), the University of Bremen has been offering workshops and lectures since 2017. Within the framework of this workshop series, PIs of our Research Training Group took part in a workshop on unbiased personnel selection in March 2019.

Staying confident in the digital workplace (September - October 2020)

This online training series organized by our central unit for equal opportunities and anti-discrimination aims to support women early career researchers to meet the new challenges the corona pandemic and its containment measures pose. The facilitators will provide insights and strategies for professional self-presentation during video conferences, online networking methods, as well as ways of improving work-life-balance and making time and space for self-care.

Online talk on the hostility towards feminism in right-wing terrorism (September 24, 2020)

This event is hosted by the Demokratiezentrums des Landes Bremens and co-hosted by the central unit for equal opportunities and anti-discrimination of Bremen university. The talk will be held by Austrian expert Judith Goetz. The women’s representative of Bremen, Bettina Wilhelm, will hold a short guest talk. The event will be presented by Anneliese Niehoff, head of the administrative unit for central unit for equal opportunities and anti-discrimination of Bremen university. Further information (in German)

Upcoming Events

navigare - programme for all female PhD students and female Postdocs in the RTG

The application is open for the "navigare - Career Coaching for International Females in Science" programme. The coaching programme navigare addresses female early career researchers (doctoral candidates, postdocs) who aim for a professorship or gaining a leadership position in science. The programme will be offered in English and start in February 2021. It comprises a total of nine workshop and/or coaching days until November 2021. More information and the application form for the programme is available on the MAPEX website (register no later than 1 February 2021):

gender & diversity to go

»gender & diversity to go« aims to provide a short and concise introduction to gender and diversity matters for all researchers – from students to professors. The lecture series will relate to your day-to-day work and create awareness for dynamics and challenges. Each of these monthly lectures will consist of 30 – 40 minutes of input with time for discussion afterwards. The lectures will be held in English. Registration required: >>> go to registration

Gender & Diversity: What's the "matter"? Key theories and ideas, 20th of April 2021 / 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm, Speaker: Kathrin Tietze

Diversity: What does this have to do with my everyday life? A lot!, 20th of May 2021 / 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm, Speaker: Dr. Thorsten Merl

Gender & Diversity at University: Inequality between dynamic structures and rigid bureaucracy, 22nd of June 2021 / 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm, Speaker: Valerie Dahl

Gender in STEM: Awareness, Motivation, and Reflection, 22nd of July 2021 / 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm, Speaker: Dr. Smilla Ebeling

WiNS Summer School 4-5 June 2021 (online) - Call for applications

Light, matter, and life: Why do we see what we see and how do we understand it?
Scope of the workshop: Light-matter interaction is responsible for some of the most appealing effects in the physics of materials, which are also essential for most opto-electronic applications pervading our everyday life. From a fundamental point of view, light-matter interaction is a valuable source of information to understand the microscopic properties of materials on a quantum-mechanical level. We aim to bring together a selected and yet representative number of scientists working at the forefront of research on light-matter interaction in inorganic, organic, and bio-materials. During the two-day workshop under the direction of Prof. Caterina Cocchi (HU/ IRIS Adlershof/ University of Oldenburg) and Dr. Zsuzsanna Heiner (HU/ SALSA), a number of invited speakers with different background will provide their insight on this exciting  research topic exchanging ideas with all participants, also through hands-on and group activities. A paramount scope of this event is to establish and strengthen networks of female scientists at any level of career. Topics related to career strategies and personal development will be also part of the program, under the coordination of a professional coach.
Target group: Female scientists of any nationality and level of career, from the 4th semester of study up to group leaders, who are active in physics, chemistry, nano- and materials science, as well as biological disciplines.
Registration costs: The participation is free of charge for the partipants. Application by e-mail (petra.metz [at] including - Short schematic curriculum vitae (max 1 A4 page) - A short motivation letter with indication of the research interests (approx. ½ A4 page) The number of participants is limited to 25, selection based on the applications. Deadline: April 15th, 2021 Information: Dr. Petra Metz, WiNS Adlershof, HU Berlin Phone: +49 (0)30 2093 81125, petra.metz [at] Homepage: Info about WiNS Summer School 2019: