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  5. All our workshops will be held as Zoom meetings. Participants will receive the Zoom link after registration is closed.

Jobsharing in Acadmia and Companys

Svenja Christen and Sandra Weimer – The Jobsharing Hub Berlin

Date of workshop: 18.09.2020, 11:05-13:35

Two persons taking shared responsibility for one complex, challenging job, classically a full time position. By sharing the job a mutually exclusive combination becomes reality: working part time and making one´s career. And so it´s not suprising that jobsharing is gaining more and more attention. Best practices from many companies show the potential of the working model for both: employees and employers. And not only for corporates but also for other fields such as science. In this workshop we will get insights into the practice of jobsharing and will work on the question how the working model is transferable to the context of academia.

Fit fürs Erfinden (für Frauen)

Renate Weisse – Patentanwältin Weisse

Date of workshop: 17.09.2020, 14-15:30

Nur ca. 6% aller in deutschen Patentanmeldungen genannten ErfinderInnen sind Frauen. Als Patentanwältin habe ich eine gute Vorstellung davon, woran das liegen kann. In meinem Workshop erläutere ich daher nicht nur, was Erfindungen sind und wie daraus ein Patent wird, sondern auch, wie man eine Erfindung erkennt. Wir arbeiten anhand einer Vielzahl von Beispielen, die die Teilnehmerinnen selber aussuchen.

Ziel des Workshops ist es, die Teilnehmerinnen zu befähigen, Erfindungen in ihrem eigenen Arbeitsgebiet zu erkennen und ggf. eine Erfindungsmeldung für den/die ArbeitgeberIn zu verfassen, bzw. zu lernen, wann eine Patentanwältin oder ein Patentanwalt hinzugezogen werden soll. Außerdem werde ich einige Anhaltspunkte zur Auswahl von PatentanwältInnen geben.

Ready to Invent (for Women)

Renate Weisse – Patentanwältin Weisse

Date of workshop: 19.09.2020, 11:00-12:30

Only about 6% of all inventors named in German patent applications are women. I am a female patent attorney and I have a good grasp of what could be the reasons for such low numbers. In my workshop you will learn not only what inventions actually are and how to apply for a patent but also how to recognize an invention. We will work with a plurality of examples which will be chosen by the participants.

Renate Weisse studied Physics and Chemistry at the Technical University in Berlin and graduated with a Diploma in Physics. Two years scientific research at Perkin Elmer Corporation in Überlingen/Bodensee and further two years at the Institute for Spectroscopy in Berlin-Adlershof resulted in two granted Patents and a theses about Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy. Training at Weisse & Wolgast (Berlin), McLachlan & Donaldson (Dublin), German Patent- and Trademark Office and German Federal Patent Court. Admission as a German and European Patent- and Trademark Attorney in 1999. Studies in International Intellectual Property with Fernuniversität Hagen and graduation as a Master of Laws. Today she has her own private practice in Berlin and represents local and international clients of all kinds and sizes before the German Patent- and Trademark Office, German Federal Patent Court, German Supreme Court and European Intellectual Property Authorities. Her experiences and advice in easy words can be found in her book “Erfindungen, Patente, Lizenzen” (Springer, 4. Edition). In addition to her Patent Attorneys work she founded guupis, a internet collaboration platform for inventors to put ideas and inventions into practice together with other experts. She actively promotes her profession on girls day, vocational events and the like. She has 3 children.

Making equality contagious: responsible leadership in the pandemic

Dr. Aniela Knoblich – Leitung Stabsstelle Gender and Diversity; Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Date of workshop: 17.09.2020, 14:00-16:00

Everyone’s experience of the COVID-19 pandemic is different. While there are tough challenges in many aspects of life and work, there are also surprising potentials that come with the emergence of this new situation. Depending on factors like gender, age, health, living and working conditions, and many others, people are affected by these challenges and potentials in various and interchanging constellations. How can leaders in academia face this situation and enable their teams to work in a safe, healthy, and productive environment? What leadership skills are required in the current pandemic? How can they be acquired? Which part can doctoral and postdoctoral researchers play when it comes to responsible, inclusive leadership in academia?

The aim of this workshop is to come up with ideas how to make equality contagious in our institutions.

Aniela Knoblich is Head of the Gender and Diversity Office at the University of Freiburg (Germany). A German and Latin teacher and a literary scholar by training, she has always been interested in the potentials of change and innovation within traditional systems. She is passionate about bringing people from different backgrounds together and making the value of diversity and inclusion visible.

How to effectively communicate research with future generations

Helena Dodd – WOMENinSTEM@IC

Globalisation and technological advances have made the sharing of communication almost instantaneous and more accessible than ever. During these times, definitions such as “scientist”, “researcher” and “science communicator” can become blurred, and it is important to be able to communicate your research effectively, both with scientists and non-scientists. Unfortunately, there are still several barriers into STEM that the future generation of scientists face, and because of this it is important that as researchers we also focus on communicating our work and excitement for science with younger generations. This workshop will walk you through how to come up with engaging workshop and interactive activities to illustrate your work to a range of groups, with a focus on younger generations. You will also learn how to make sure your outreach and engagement activities are inclusive and accessible. The workshop will be delivered by a diverse group of women in STEM at various early career stages that have all had a range of experiences in outreach and public engagement, including a previous UK GSK Young Scientist of the Year, board members at the Women’s Engineering Society, founders of UK nationally recognised mentoring and outreach schemes, the head judge of the Big Bang Science Fair, and more. The workshop will start with a short introduction on outreach, why we believe it is important, and how to do it well. We will then have short workshop demos delivered by the founders of a nationally recognised outreach scheme and head judge of the Big Bang Science Fair, after which will then move onto brainstorming and workshop breakout rooms in small groups, to give everyone the chance to network, develop your own workshop / outreach activity and present it to the rest of the attendees. We will also provide attendees with a toolkit and resource pack of outreach opportunities and activities, and advice on how to develop your own.

Date of workshop: 19.09.2020, 16:00-18:00

PhD candidate and Women in STEM network president at Imperial College London; Helena Dodd is a PhD candidate at Imperial College London, in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Chemical Biology. Here research sits at the interface between chemistry, materials engineering and immunology, and involves the design and testing of novel nanomaterials for potential cancer immunotherapy applications. Prior to this, she completed an MSci in chemistry at the University of Birmingham. Alongside her research, Helena is the president of the WOMENinSTEM@IC group, a network at Imperial for women in STEM. She also sits on the Women’s Engineering Society University Groups Board. Helena is very passionate about making STEM a more diverse and inclusive place and in her spare time carries out a lot of outreach volunteering, with a particular focus on children from disadvantaged backgrounds. She has founded a number of outreach initiatives and mentoring schemes, involving the delivery of workshops in schools to showcase the practical applications of STEM. For her work on this, she has won a number of awards and was shortlisted for a UK national STEM Inspiration Award in 2017. In early 2020, she was made the youngest ever Head Judge for the UK-wide Big Bang Science Fair.

How to build your career strategy

Anne Schreiter – German Scholars Organizatin (GSO)

Date of workshop: 16.09.20, 18.30-19:30

So, what are you good at? Discover your transferable skills and strengths In order to get what you want in your career and life you first need to figure out what that is – or, if what you think you want is really the right fit. In the interactive workshop we focus on self-reflection of your transferable skills & strengths as one part of your career strategy. We will use guided exercises to create a list of your skill sets and you can continue with more comprehensive exercises after the conference.

Anne is Executive Director of the German Scholars Organizatin (GSO), an independent nonprofit in Berlin that advises, connects, promotes, and funds young researchers who want to build a career in Germany. She studied Social and Business Communications and Sociology in Berlin and Chinese Language in Nanjing, China. After receiving her PhD in Organizational Sociology from the University of St. Gallen, she spent a year as postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley, USA. Five years ago she transitioned from academia to the nonprofit sector. Learn more about her journey here

Strategies for success: becoming the scientist and person you want to be

Virginia Valian – Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Hunter College – CUNY

Date of workshop: 16.09.2020, 18:00 – 19:15

This interactive workshop will discuss 7 strategies for success and – if time – principles of effectiveness and leadership.  The 7 strategies are:  1) develop a circle of advisors; 2) organize workshops or ask others to organize them; 3) learn what types of needs are common; 4) develop an incremental skills-based approach:  everything can be learned; 5) develop a flexible psychological plan for writing; 6) think experimentally about yourself; 7) acquire skills.  Handouts are available for both sections of the workshop.

Virginia Valian is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Hunter College – CUNY, and is a member of the doctoral faculties of Psychology, Linguistics, and Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center. She directs the Language Acquisition Research Center at Hunter College, which studies the acquisition of syntax in young children and the relation between bilingualism and cognition in adults. She is co-founder and director of Hunter’s Gender Equity Project. In her work on gender equity Dr Valian performs research on the reasons behind women’s slow advancement in the professions and proposes remedies for individuals and institutions. She is the author of Why So Slow? The Advancement of Women (1998, MIT Press) and is co-author, with Abigail Stewart, of An Inclusive Academy: Achieving Diversity and Excellence (2018, MIT Press). Dr Valian’s recent work on gender includes an opinion piece on sexual harassment (Nature, 2019), a co-authored policy article on gender in science (Science, 2019), and co-authored empirical papers on the gender of speakers at university colloquia, awards to men and women in academia, and reactions to male and female presidential candidates. Dr Valian speaks to institutions and organizations in Australia, Canada, Europe, the United Kingdom, and the United States on improving gender equity in hiring, promotion, and recognition.