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Conference Review: “Women in Science & Engineering”

For the second time, the conference “Women in Science & Engineering” was held for female research associates of the Federal Cluster of Excellence MERGE and the DFG- collaborative research centers HALS, PT-PIESA and TRANSREGIO and female students of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. From November 10 to November 11, 2016, the junior researcher of mechanical engineering used the event in Chemnitz as a platform of collegial sharing and project overlapping networking. The students were able to gather insights into the various research areas of mechanical engineering and generated excitement for a future career in science and research.

The event opened with a lecture of Prof. Dr. Sophie Gröger about the the topic “From superficial to meticulous – Treatments of the surface”. In her lecture, she explained the work with surfaces, their conditions and the different dimensions of the geometry significant for measurement procedures. Subsequently to the lecture, the female students got informed on how to optimize the use of their own time in the workshop “Time Management for Women in Science”. Besides relevant method competencies, the students developed a structure for the organization of their goals and projects in their studies and career. This way they strengthened their priority awareness as well as their self- and time- management. “Already at the beginning of the team projects and the selected analyzes a cooperative and learn supporting climate is established. The great amount of practical examples and tests is evaluated very positive by the participants”, said Christina Fischer, leader of the workshop of wip Management. She resumed: “The basic competences for professional success are work techniques and methods. At this interface, the course was and is set on time and future.”

In the parallel running workshop “Scientific Presentations – Skills Training”, the female academic staff learned about various presentation techniques and visual aids, to successfully perform on international conferences, symposiums or fairs. The participants were able to improve their individual presentation style and learned an authentic and convincing appearance due to the expert’s tips for the optimization of the presentation structure and the aimed use of language. In the course of the evening program, the interactive lecture “Professional Networking: Developing the own profile and become visible” tied up with reflectance about the own person and useful tips for a successful networking. The participants learned on how and where they could strategically and successfully network and how to present themselves to their counterpart in order to remain in their memory. Henriette Kunze, participant of the conference praised the concept of the event: ”The conference is an excellent mix of theoretical and practical topics. I am going to remember the past days and profit of the findings.”

On the second day of the conference, the visiting of two engineering companies of the region was on the program: In the factory visit of the KIESELSTEIN International GmbH the participants gained insight in the interesting work of one of the most substantial manufacturer of wire and producer of modern wire drawing and draw-peeling plants. The novel product “strucwire”, a special three-dimensional wire fabric in lightweight construction structure, thrilled the students in particular. Afterwards, the factory visit of the Heckert GmbH, the globally leading supplier of machining centers and technological manufacturing systems to mill, drill and spinning complex work pieces.

“The combination of high grade workshops, interactive lectures as well as interesting excursions was evaluated very positive by the students and academic staff,” said Nicole Dietrich, coordinator for the equality in research associations. She resumes: “Additionally, a platform like this encourages the collegial sharing and the project overlapping networking among each other.”


5th December 2016