Press Release 096/2011

Gender and Technology – A Question of Culture?

How do women stand their ground in “Male Domains“ like Natural Sciences and Engineering? Answers will be given by a series of presentations of experience at KIT from June 14, 2011
Wie werden Frauen in ingenieur- und naturwissenschaftlichen Berufen in unterschiedlichen Kulturen wahrgenommen? (Foto: KIT)
How are women in engineering and scientific professions perceived in different cultures? (Photo: Andrea Fabry)

Enthusing girls for studies of mathematics, informatics, natural sciences, and engineering. Strengthening women in careers in natural sciences and engineering. These are objectives of current education policy. In the series of presentations on “Gender and Technology: A Question of Culture?”, female scientists and entrepreneurs of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and other insitutions will report about their experience in these fields of work. The House of Competence (HoC) of KIT will organize this public series of presentations.

The series of presentations “Gender and Technology: A Question of Culture?” starting on June 14 will focus in particular on aspects of cultural prerequisites needed for an enhanced integration of women and girls in natural sciences and engineering. It will highlight different perceptions of technology in different cultures and in particular in cultures, where the view of natural sciences and engineering is dominated by men. Non the least, the event will be an opportunity for exchange about women’s conceptions of life.

The cost-free presentations will take place on Tuesdays at the entrance hall of HoC, building 30.96, 19.30 hrs, KIT Campus South. They are part of the project “KIT-interkulturell!” under the direction of Jutta Gemeinhardt, HoC. The project is aimed at enhancing intercultural competences at KIT.

Program of the Series of Presentations
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Ass. jur. Patricia Erb-Korn – Director of Karlsruhe Harbor

Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Dr. Barbara Graser – Entrepreneur

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Prof. Dr. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h. c. Jivka Ovtcharova – KIT

Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Dr. Elke Luise Barnstedt – Vice President of KIT

Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Prof. Dr. Natalia Requena – KIT

Registration for the presentations is not required.

Being “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 9,600 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 23,300 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence.

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