These barriers come solely from a numerical "minority position" in an environment in which male life contexts are the norm and female life experiences have only a low priority. After all, ignoring unequal prerequisites and treating unequal equals can not lead to genuine equal opportunities.
The goal of gender balance in informatics is not just a matter for women, it is equally in the interest of men. For example, more and more companies are looking to improve existing labor and research conditions by introducing mixed teams. Our central tasks in the field of women's advancement are the sustained increase in the proportion of women among scientific staff as well as an increase in the number of female students and graduates. This is both a social goal and a requirement of the economy.
We have a long history of opening doors for women and girls in informatics, from the classroom to the laboratory. We achieve this by considering the different life situations and interests of women and men in research and teaching. The actions we take to foster the advancement of women make an impact and raise awareness in every stage of life.
Actions We Take
To inspire female pupils, we offer and participate in low-threshold introductory programs such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS), Daughter’s Day, FIT info events, techNIKE-Workshops, online mentoring, and a special introductory course „Programming for female first-year students“.
In Student Life
We support and promote our female students with measures that aim at highlighting and rewarding female excellence, and with raising awareness among students and faculty alike: We award the annual Siemens Award for Excellence and the Helmut Veith Stipend to excellent female students, hold lectures on gender awareness and offer dedicated student research assistantships.
We are convinced that to bring more women into our faculty, we need to take a variety of actions. We regularly post job openings specifically dedicated to the promotion of female researchers. Since 2006, we have filled more than ten post-doctoral and created four PhD positions. We have established a tenure track position exclusively for women, introduced a mentoring program for female researchers, promote women’s participation at conferences, and implemented a women’s quota for visiting professorships.