New network of female scientists at TU Freiberg

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NOWA - "Network of Women in Academia at TU Bergakademie Freiberg" is a network for and by female scientists and support staff. The network creates space for personal and interdisciplinary exchange. Currently, 49 women are registered in the network.

The new network creates a place for female scientists and support staff to exchange experiences - on a personal and professional basis. Therefore, the participants meet regularly for workshops, meetings or even for lunch together, where they inform and educate themselves on numerous topics related to working in science as well as on different career paths and funding programs.

Focus on exchange and university development

Logo of the NOWA network"With the network, we want to support and strengthen each other in order to be able to operate successfully in academia. In addition, it is important for us to have a platform with the network that helps us to make women in science more visible," explains Alena Fröde, initiator of the NOWA network.

In addition, the female scientists want to shape the development of the university, remove structural barriers and further promote equality and equal opportunities for women in academia.

"To this end, we are discussing measures to strengthen the position of women in academia with the Rectorate Commission on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion, as well as with the Student Council and the Doctoral Students' Council, among others. It is also important to us to enter into a dialogue with our colleagues in the future in order to jointly develop ideas for the promotion of women in science," says Julia Bachmann, from the steering group of the NOWA network. 

Become a network member

On February 24, 2022, the network is organizing its first meeting. Staff members who wants to become part of the NOWA network can register in the OPAL group or contact the network's steering group directly, which currently includes Alena Fröde, Dr. Theresa Wand, Dr. Carmen Bellmann, Dr. Elsa Qoku, Christine Lange, Julia Bachmann, and Lena Bussmann, at nowaattu-freiberg [dot] de. More information about the network.

Background: Female students and scientists at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg

The first female students were admitted to the Bergakademie Freiberg in the 1870s - Mary Hegeler from the USA was the first enrolled female student in 1885 with the matriculation number 3378. In 1921, women were finally admitted to the university on a regular basis. But it was not until the 1950s that the first female graduate (1951) and female doctoral student (1956) appeared at the Freiberg Mining Academy. The first female doctoral student was Waltraud Stolper at the then Faculty of Natural Sciences and Complementary Subjects. Currently, there are about 1,200 female enrollees pursuing a bachelor's, master's, diploma or doctoral degree. Of these, approximately 304 are female doctoral students. 18 women are currently completing their habilitation and 15 female professors work in teaching and research at the university. Since the first appointment of Prof. Maja Krumnacker in 1978, a total of 19 female professors have accepted a call to the TU Bergakademie Freiberg.

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