TeamPhoto: Alexander Flachmüller

Team members

Franziska Flegel
Franziska Flegel (Dr. rer. nat.) studied Physics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and earned her PhD in mathematics at Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics in Berlin (WIAS). In April 2018 she moved to Konstanz and started a new position as software developer at SEITENBAU GmbH after the parental leave for her second child. She already co-organized I, Scientist 2017 in Berlin and is board member of the Lise-Meitner-Gesellschaft e.V.
She initiated I, Scientist because she would like to increase the visibility of role models for underrepresented and discriminated groups of people with background in the natural sciences and mathematics. She would like to create a safe space where everyone can meet and share their stories.
Felizitas Kirner
Felizitas Kirner (Master of Science) is a PhD student in the department of chemistry at the University of Konstanz. Her research focuses on nanoparticles and their assembly to superstructures. During her Master studies she was involved in organizing the conference “Frühjahrssymposium 2018”.
She joined the I, Scientist team because science should be able to offer equal opportunities to all people independent from gender. With this conference she wants to help to develop a space to discuss pathways to overcome gender biases and privileges.
Kevin Sawade (Master of Science) studied Chemistry at the University of Konstanz. He became a member of the organisation team in 2019. Currently he is working to obtain his PhD in Physical Chemistry at the University of Konstanz.
Irene Sánchez Arribas
Irene Sánchez Arribas

Sandra Weimer
Sandra Weimer (Dr. rer. nat.) earned her PhD in nutritional sciences at the University of Jena.
After a 3 month period in the USA at Harvard Medical School, she did a Postdoc at the ETH Zürich.
Currently she works works in the University of Konstanz as an advisor on gender consulting where she organizes interdisciplinary exchange between the collaborative research centers of the german science foundation. While managing these aspects and two children she also pursues a masters degree in science management.
Inara Mahkamova
I am a PhD student in neuroscience at the LMU, Munich, working on rehabilitatiton methods for patients with visual disorders after acquired brain damage. In my academic pathway so far, I have been surrounded by many women, but I am aware of the fact that this is temporary: The higher you climb the academic ladder after the PhD phase, the less women you have as colleagues. The issue of underrepresentation is even more dramatic if you include factors such as ethnicity, sexuality and disability, stressing the importance of intersectional thinking.
This is frustrating as having no role models can make you question whether you belong in spaces of power traditionally occupied by (white) men. The winners of this system oftentimes do not feel the urge to challenge the status quo, which is why I think conferences like I,Scientist are extremely important. After attending the conference in 2019, I felt inspired to contribute to its continuity and remind everyone, including myself, that we should keep making steps towards real equality.