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ISINA takes place for the fifth time in Chemnitz

5th Interdisciplinary Symposium for Women in the MINT field takes place from March 5 till 6, 2018 – registration open until February 22nd

Since 2014, every spring Chemnitz University of Technology becomes the meeting point of active women from science, research, and economy. Female students, junior researchers, and women in leading positions exchange knowledge on current topics and trends at the interdisciplinary symposium for women in the MINT field (ISINA). Network formats invite to generate knowledge, develop ideas together, and make new contacts. Initiators of the symposium are Prof. Olfa Kanoun, Chair of the Professorship of Electrical Measurements and Sensor Technology at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, and Karla Kebsch, Equal Opportunities Representative of Chemnitz University of Technology. This year, they again composed an extensive program together with the MINT-female scientists regulars’ table, the research networks, and employees of the Centre for Equal Opportunities.

At the start of the symposium, Prof. Marion Merklein, Leibniz Award winner, will present current research results on the topic of “Trends in Forming Technology”. Prof. Merklein is substantially involved in the further development of a technology field, which is extremely important for Germany’s industry: the design and optimization of lightweight structures made of metal sheets. She is doing research on how to produce functioning compounds and goods made of different materials, for example, how metal sheets can be used to manufacture parts for vehicle construction and mechanical engineering. In her works, she combines material sciences with production technology and searches for energy-efficient solutions for industrial applications. Her results in the field of forming technology induced the German Research Foundation to award the engineer the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Award in 2013, the highest endowed and most important German research award. The opening lecture is free to everyone interested. No registration necessary.

Subsequent to the opening lecture, specialist lectures (inter alia energy technology expert Kathrin Goldammer and CWM manager Bettina Seiler), several workshops (such as GRF research support and job application training), and a cooperation market with scientists, research projects, and enterprises of the region. The first day of the event will finish with the presentation of the “ISINA Best Poster Award” at the networking evening in the “Altes Heizhaus” of Chemnitz University. Highlights of the following event day are the presentation of current research trends by successful businesswomen as well as the BeLL-Prix award ceremony, which presents awards to female pupils of Saxon High Schools for their outstanding BeLL-work on topics of the MINT field.

Conference languages are German and English.

Further information on the symposium and the link for registration:

Contact: Maika Filz, Coordinator of the ISINA Symposium, phone +49 371 531 34542, email

(Translation: Alissa Hölzel)

Matthias Fejes

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