Newsletter May 2021

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Dear scientists* and interested people,

enclosed you will find the current newsletter Women-in-Science, which you are welcome to forward.

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On our website you will find current information about equal opportunities at the university, funding opportunities, dates of the COMETiN coaching and mentoring programme, activities within the framework of the Magdeburger Gender Campus and much more.

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Latest News
» Diversity Challenge - Making Diversity Visible at OVGU
» Focus on young scientists
» Getting started – Promotion and Postdoc @OVGU
» Long Night of Science digital for the first time
» Still free Places: Safely through (professional) everyday life - self-protection and self-defense on 16.06.2021
» Weitere Themen
Grants and Prizes
» Call for Papers of the journal GENDER | Nutrition Practices in Transition
» First Equality Slam at the University of Bremen: Call for slammers
» Call for Lectures for the 13th meccanica feminale Baden-Württemberg 2022 is open!
» Weitere Themen
» Women in university medicine - online lecture on May 31
» Barcamp Women Café on June 10, 2021
» MeToo in Science. Sexualized Discrimination and Violence at Universities June 17 and July 1, 2021 | ONLINE
» Lunch & Talk: "Gendering Made Easy?!" How gender-equitable and easy language can go together
» European Research and Innovation Days ONLINE | June 23 and 24, 2021
» TOTAL GLOBAL? - Strategies for a gender equitable internationalization of science
» Register now for the digital informatica feminale Baden-Württemberg 2021 (27. - 31.07.2021)
» Save the Date: 11th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education
» Weitere Themen
University and Politics
» Standing up against violence against women more than ever!
» Promotion and effectiveness of gender equality policy measures
» University approach to sexualized discrimination and violence
» Can the use of gender-equitable language be taken into account in the assessment of examination performance?
» Weitere Themen

Latest News

Banner Diversity Challenge Diversity Challenge - Making Diversity Visible at OVGU

19 lecturers have now integrated the OVGU Diversity Challenge into their teaching and recognize student contributions to it as certificates of achievement. The Challenge is based on the idea of the Charta der Vielfalt e. V. and invites students to come together in teams and deal with the topic of diversity in an academic and artistic-creative way. Concepts can be developed in three focus areas since May 1, 2021. Perhaps your students also have creative ideas on diversity, as projects from courses can also be submitted. Encourage your students to participate! The winning ideas for breaking down barriers or valuing diversity will be funded and implemented in the winter semester 21/22. Detailed information can be found on the homepage of the Office for Gender Equality at 


Network Equal Opportunity & Diversity Network Equal Opportunity & Diversity founded

Our university is founding an Equal Opportunity & Diversity Network on the occasion of the 9th German Diversity Day (May 18, 2021). In doing so, it commits itself to breaking down any remaining barriers to equal opportunities in research, teaching and studying, as well as in the day-to-day working environment. With the new network, our university not only wants to strengthen the participation of all in everyday university life, but also specifically address the challenges posed by a great diversity of cultures, world views, and working and professional environments. In a few weeks, our university will also sign the "Diversity Charter". Read more


Dr. Kirsten Harth_(c) Jana Dünnhaupt Awarded by the Karin Witte Women's Advancement Prize

Physicist Dr. Kirsten Harth from the Institute of Physics has been awarded the Karin Witte Women's Prize. The prize, which is endowed with 5,000 euros and, according to the will of the founder, Karin Witte, is awarded to particularly talented female scientists in the field of natural sciences, was given to the researcher for her excellent achievements in the field of experimental physics. Since 2009, Kirsten Harth has been researching, among other things, the dynamics of drops or bubbles, complex liquids and systems made of granular materials. To study the properties of granular gases, she has already designed and conducted experiments in weightlessness at the Bremen drop tower, on parabolic flights and on research rockets. Read more


Focus on young scientists

In 2020, the journal Nature published a global survey on the working lives of postdocs. The result: postdocs all over the world criticized problems regarding their career opportunities, their workload and the current work culture. But what about the employment situation of postdocs here in Magdeburg? The Graduate Academy - as the central institution for the interests of young scientists - is addressing this question in a current online survey, which is open up to and including June 30, 2021. It is aimed at the doctoral staff of the university, the university hospital, the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences and all research institutes in Magdeburg. Based on this inventory, targeted measures are to be derived to improve the working conditions and job satisfaction of the postdocs as well as the offer of the Graduate Academy. To the online survey


Getting started – Promotion and Postdoc @OVGU

The Graduate Academy would like to give scientists who are new at OVGU a little help getting started and is now offering quarterly open information and discussion sessions via Zoom. After an overview of the structure, responsibilities and a little insight into the not so obvious responsibilities, there will be enough time to answer individual questions. The first date is June 4, 2021 at 10:00 am. Access details:
Event link:
Meeting ID: 613 0064 1223
Identifier code: Academy
More information and further dates


15. Long Night of Science Long Night of Science digital for the first time

The program for the digital Science Night 2021 is online!
The importance of science and research is impressively demonstrated by the current pandemic. Scientists are making an invaluable contribution to overcoming the crisis, and that is precisely why we have taken the motto of the nationwide "SCIENCE MATTERS" campaign of the Year of Science 20/21 as our motto for the 15th Long Night of Science. With a total of 18 hours of live streaming, over 60 different program items, lots of dialog and interaction, Magdeburg's science landscape will present itself on May 29, 2021 from 6 p.m. to midnight. For the first time, the Science Night can be followed online and experienced interactively from any favorite location with Internet access, on the road or at home via various devices. Detailed information and the program can be found at

Still free Places: Safely through (professional) everyday life - self-protection and self-defense on 16.06.2021

First on campus in the morning? In the elevator with strangers? In the evening alone through the North Park? In the workshop "Safely through everyday life - self-protection and self-defense", you will be on the move on campus and in the surrounding area, acting out situations that you perceive as critical and trying out and practicing behaviors for self-protection and self-defense. There is room for you to bring in your own situations and get hints and tips from an experienced trainer from the Magdeburg Police Department. Registration
Contact: Annette Hoeschen, Phone: 0391 67-57341

Grants and Prizes

Nutrition Practices in Transition Call for Papers of the journal GENDER | Nutrition Practices in Transition

Food is not merely a physical necessity, but is linked to social practices that have a strong function of identification and distinction. From the perspective of care theory and feminist ecological critique, this issue focuses on the extent to which nutrition as care work, as well as access to food production resources, is unequally distributed between the sexes. Submission of a one- to two-page abstract is requested by June 13, 2021. To view the full call, visit  



Online seminars on the Marie Skłodowska Curie measures Postdoctoral Fellowships and Doctoral Networks

In order to prepare you in the best possible way for the first calls in Horizon Europe, the NCP MSC is organizing a series of online seminars on how to apply. The seminars at a glance:

  • June 1, 2021, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Postdoctoral Fellowships (English)
  • June 15, 2021, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Doctoral Networks (German)

Further information and registration


Equality Slam First Equality Slam at the University of Bremen: Call for slammers

The University of Bremen is celebrating its 50th anniversary and the staff of the Equal Opportunities Office would like to take a humorous and critical look at the current state of (in)equality in the university system over the past 50 years up to the present day. This will take the form of an Equality Slam on October 29, 2021, starting at 8 p.m. at the Schwankhalle in Bremen. As a moderator, the well-known comedienne Idil Baydar will accompany the slam! The event is hybrid planned, there will be a Livestream, afterwards with some small films also further worked on. In this respect, a nationwide application is worthwhile. All slammers, spoken word poets or comediennes who would like to take the stage on this topic can participate in the Equality Slam. FLINTs and especially BIPOC-Flints are invited. By the way, the poetry artists will compete for each other instead of against each other, i.e. there will only be winners! Apply now until June 15, 2021. All info can be found at


Call for Lectures meccanica feminale Call for Lectures for the 13th meccanica feminale Baden-Württemberg 2022 is open!

The 13th meccanica feminale Baden-Württemberg (#mfbw22), will take place from February 22-26, 2022 at the University of Stuttgart, Vaihingen Campus.  Lecturers and women professionals are cordially invited to submit offers for seminars, workshops and lectures. The focus of #mfbw22 is "Mobility of tomorrow". The deadline for submissions is 20.06.2021. Further information and the Call for Lectures form can be found here.


Lecture Women in University Medicine Women in university medicine - online lecture on May 31

Why do women rarely become professors in university medicine, even though female medical students are now a clear majority? How pronounced are the unequal gender ratios in university medicine? What possible causes can be identified for the low proportion of female professors? And do the explanatory patterns of different perspectives, such as the management level, gender equality actors, or young scientists, differ? These and other questions will be addressed by Dr. Heike Mauer, research associate at the Coordination and Research Center of the Network Women's and Gender Studies NRW, in her lecture " Career Obstacle Gender? Women in university medicine". The lecture will take place online on May 31 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Registration at 


Barcamp Women Café Barcamp Women Café on June 10, 2021

Especially during and after the pandemic, feminist alliances are needed. That is why the Friedrich Ebert Foundation invites you to the "Barcamp Women Café" on June 10, 2021, starting at 4:30 pm. The core topic this time is the question of how we can organize ourselves again after the isolation in the pandemic in order to make feminist concerns heard. Because even activists are not invulnerable: Care work plus gainful employment, home office without borders or the impossibility to meet physically also complicate political engagement. Together, you will gather strength and ideas on how to shape the future more equitably. This year, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation is offering you a smaller, digital setting for this. Do you feel like being part of it? Then become part of the Barcamp Women's Café: re:act! You'll meet digitally via Zoom on June 10 from 4:30 p.m. (admission from 4 p.m.). For detailed information and registration link, please see the event brochure. If you have a topic to bring, please register in advance at or


Logo LIN Magdeburg "Sex/Gender studies in biology - the critical view of sex/gender within the life sciences"

On June 17, 2021, 2 p.m. Prof. Dr. Kerstin Palm will talk about biological research on gender and the theoretical self-understanding of this research. Gender research is primarily characterized by an abundance of studies on gender relations in the humanities and social sciences. Less well known is the critical sex/gender research that has been taking place within biology since the 1970s, which focuses on the biological foundations of sex/gender, sexuality, and gender difference. The event will take place in an online format- If you would like to attend, please do not hesitate to contact coordinator Sarah Czerney directly.


MeToo in Science. Sexualized Discrimination and Violence at Universities June 17 and July 1, 2021 | ONLINE

The #MeToo debate, which has shaken the international media, art, and culture scene in particular since 2017, also increased attention at universities in Germany for the previously strongly taboo subject area of sexualized discrimination and violence. However, everyday life at universities also shows that there is still a long way to go towards a more open discourse on sexualized discrimination and violence. The conference will focus on the legal framework for dealing with sexualized discrimination and violence as well as innovative prevention projects at universities. The event will take place on two dates per ZOOM:

  • 17.06.2021: Sexualized discrimination and violence at universities - The legal framework
  • 01.07.2021: Sexualized discrimination and violence at universities - ways to innovative prevention

This is a cooperation event of the Marie Jahoda Center for International Gender Studies of the Ruhr-University Bochum, the Center for Gender Studies/Gender Studies of the University of Paderborn and the Central Equality Officer of the University of Paderborn. Please register by 07.06.2021 at an. Detailed information can be found here.


Logo Coordination Office for Equal Opportunities Saxony Lunch & Talk: "Gendering Made Easy?!" How gender-equitable and easy language can go together

"Lunch & Talk" will explore the question of whether gender-equitable language and plain language can go together. There are ongoing critical discussions on this topic. The main point of criticism is that "gendering" would make texts more difficult to understand and less easy to read, and would thus run counter to the central goal of plain language. In addition, aspects of accessibility are also mentioned. The two coordinators, Stefanie Dreiack and Diana Hillebrand-Ludin, will discuss this together with Laura M. Schwengber from #BarrierefreiPosten and Nico Leonhardt from Quabis Leipzig on 23 June 2021 from 12 noon. You can register for the event using the registration form on the homepage of the Coordination Office for Equal Opportunities Saxony. When registering, please let us know by June 11, 2021, what further needs you have with regard to the accessibility of the offer.


Research and Innovation Days European Research and Innovation Days ONLINE | June 23 and 24, 2021

On June 23 and 24, 2021, the next Research and Innovation Days will take place in digital format. The European Commission has now published the program. In addition to panel discussions and interactive workshops, there will also be a "Horizon Village" with 15 "Thematic Houses", a virtual exhibition of innovative projects, and a networking area. Registration will be available shortly. To the program


Strategies for a gender-equitable internationalization of science and scholarship TOTAL GLOBAL? - Strategies for a gender equitable internationalization of science

On Thursday, July 1, 2021 from 14:00-17:00 and Friday, July 2, 2021 from 09:00-11:30 the virtual barcamp "Total Global" will take place. Internationalization and gender equality are cross-cutting issues in strategic human resources development at German universities and non-university research institutions. But how can gender equality be adequately considered in the context of internationalization strategies? How can high-potential international female scientists be attracted to Germany and promoted? At the same time, how can domestic female scientists be prepared for the international market? The Barcamp will examine the currently developed measures for internationalization at German research institutions with regard to their opportunities and risks in terms of gender equality policy. In this perspective, numerous discussion topics are conceivable: the application of concepts such as internationalization, recruitment and headhunting in science, the existing measures at different career levels, the differentiation of strategies according to employee groups and subject cultures and, last but not least, the massive impact of the Corona pandemic on internationalization strategies and gender equality. In the dialogue of gender equality actors, human resources developers, employees of the "Welcome Centers" as well as other interested parties of our universities and non-university research institutions, we will develop suggestions for a gender-equitable internationalization in our institutions. The virtual Barcamp is hosted by the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), the Technical University Munich (TUM), the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) and the Max-Plack-Gesellschaft (MPG). Further information about the Barcamp, the program and the possibility to register can be found at:  


Conference Participatory Spaces of Women in History and the Present Conference "Women's Participation Spaces in History and the Present", July 23-25, 2021

Since the 19th century, women's rights activists have been fighting for equal participation of women in the fields of work, politics and education. The achievements are great and yet still do not seem to be secured today. The conference organized by the association Frauen & Geschichte Baden-Württemberg in cooperation with the Academy of the Diocese Rottenburg-Stuttgart and the Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Baden-Württemberg in Stuttgart-Hohenheim will focus on past and present challenges of the women's movement. Registration for the conference is possible until July 6, 2021 at
Here you will also find the conference flyer with detailed information.


informatica feminale 2021 Register now for the digital informatica feminale Baden-Württemberg 2021 (27. - 31.07.2021)

Informatica feminale Baden-Württemberg is the summer university for female students and interested women from the field of computer science and related disciplines. It will take place digitally from Tuesday, July 27 to Saturday, July 31, 2021. For registration and course outlines, visit The registration deadline is Wednesday, June 30, 2021. Numerous exciting courses, workshops, and lectures will be offered around the focus topic of "Data Science", including artificial intelligence, Python, R, data privacy, machine learning, Java, MATLAB, and many more. For many specialized courses, female students can receive credit points according to ECTS and working women can apply for education time. In addition, there is a varied social program and many opportunities for networking. The program for the Career Day on Thursday, 29.07.21 is currently being put together.


11th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education Save the Date: 11th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education

From September 15 to 17, 2021, the "XI European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education", originally planned for 2020 in Madrid, will take place as an online event. The aim is to promote a gender-sensitive culture in academic fields. Therefore, the various contributions will analyze established debates on gender equality in higher education and research as well as incorporate gender perspectives in new national as well as regional fields. Areas of focus include gender approaches to promoting scientific and technical careers and integrating a gender dimension into university teaching. More information here.

University and Politics

Standing up against violence against women more than ever!

In a joint statement, this year's two winners of the EBD Women of Europe Prize comment on the ten-year ratification of the Istanbul Convention and call for its full implementation in all Council of Europe member states. Read more


Promotion and effectiveness of gender equality policy measures

In the article for "Forschung & Lehre", Andrea Löther, Nina Steinweg, Anke Lipinsky and Hannah Meyer examine the effectiveness of political measures for the equality of female scientists and find that the increase in the proportion of female professors "does not necessarily allow conclusions to be drawn about the change in organizational culture". However, such a "sustainable change in the culture of science" is necessary for the successful implementation of gender equality policies. More on this in the article in "Forschung & Lehre"


University approach to sexualized discrimination and violence

"Sexualized harassment, discrimination and violence is a problem that can be found in all areas of society. In contrast, universities are often understood as places that would seem to be free of it." The article by Hannah-Sophie Schüz, Heike Pantelmann, Tanja Wälty, and Nina Lawrenz from the Margherita von Brentano Center at Freie Universität Berlin shows "the extent to which the taboo and normalization of sexualized violence in the university context have existed for a long time and addresses the ambivalent way universities deal with the issue. By taking stock, based on an evaluation of the internet presences of universities in Germany as well as on telephone interviews, the legal and institutional anchoring of the university handling of the topic is shown and discussed." The article was published in Open Gender Journal and can be read here.


Can the use of gender-equitable language be taken into account in the assessment of examination performance?

At the end of March, the University of Kassel unintentionally made headlines because lecturers there are free to use gender-equitable language as a criterion for examinations in the spirit of teaching freedom. The sometimes heated debate has now prompted the University of Kassel to issue a legal opinion on the matter. The statement says: "Even though there have been no rules and regulations so far, but only indications in this regard, it is a concern of the University of Kassel to establish greater legal certainty with regard to the questions in question. To this end, it is intended to commission an external expert opinion on examination law in order to clarify the open questions regarding the use of gender-appropriate language in examinations more clearly. Until further legal clarification, the notes on considering the use of gender-appropriate language as an assessment criterion [...] will be taken offline."
And how are other German universities dealing with this? The RND article "Genderdebatte an Uni Kassel: Wie gehen andere Hochschulen mit dem Gendern um?" by Alisha Mendgen looks into this.


A "feel-good novel"? Karen Köhler's Miroloi and Misogynist Literary Criticism

Karen Köhler's debut novel Miroloi (2019) is, according to its title, a dirge or lament. In it, the adolescent protagonist recounts in 128 stanzas the conflicted as well as restrictive life within a patriarchal island community in which she, as a person of unknown origin, is "not really intended" (p. 28). The fictional, timeless narrative is implicitly interwoven with extra-literary feminist discourses that are currently being prominently negotiated in the media. Yet the portrayal of a dystopian as well as misogynistic society is discussed very differently in literary criticism: Among reviewers, as in Miroloi, a chasm seems to open up between the sexes. The text is marked by experiences of exclusion and oppression - due to gender-specific restrictions and the supposed otherness of the protagonist. Read more


New Publication: Parenthood and Gender Trouble New Publication: Parenthood and Gender Trouble

This anthology, edited by Helga Krüger-Kirn and Leila Zoe Tichy, brings together contributions that address the changing nature of the family and parental roles from a gender-critical perspective. The aim is - through an interdisciplinary survey of socioeconomic conditions as well as psychosocial and gender-specific aspects - to overcome normative evaluations and to highlight the (social) critical potential of motherhood and parenthood.


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