Press Release 138/2011

Career Paths and Quotas: Days on Women in Business at KIT

KIT Participates in the State-wide Event with Podium Discussions on October 13 and 14

With its introduction, Deutsche Telekom dared to make an advance, but found few copyists so far: The women’s quota is discussed controversially. This quota as well as factors of success and obstacles in careers of women will be in the focus of two podium discussions with which KIT will participate for the first time in the Baden-Württemberg Frauenwirtschaftstage (Days on Women in Business). The events on Thursday, October 13, and Friday, October 14, will be open to all interested women and men. Kindly register until September 22.

On Thursday, October 13, the focus will be placed on “Career Paths of Women – Factors of Success and Obstacles” In a podium discussion, women from science and science management at KIT will talk about different career paths. An interactive presentation by the trainer and mediator Sigrid Meuselbach at 15.30 hrs will introduce the topic. From 16.45 hrs, Dr. Elke Luise Barnstedt, KIT Vice President for Human Resources and Law, Dr. Brigitte Baretzky, Deputy Managing Director of the Institute of Nanotechnology, Dr. Irmgard Langbein, member of the “Institutional Strategy II” project management board, Dr. Irina Nazarenko, young investigator from the Institute of Toxicology and Genetics and member of the Young Investigator Network, and Dr. Britta Trautwein, Director of the Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS), will discuss. Sigrid Meuselbach will present the event organized by the Network of Female Scientists and Engineers of KIT (WiKIT). The discussion will be followed by a reception on the occasion of the anniversary of the network “20 Years of the Network of Female Scientists – WiKIT”.

Which strategies are pursued by enterprises and universities to counteract the lack of women in executive positions? Is a voluntary self-obligation of science and industry sufficient or will it be absolutely necessary to introduce a legal quota? Pros and cons will be covered by the podium discussion “Women as Executives – The Quota as an Instrument?” on Friday, October 14, 16.45 hrs. Women from politics, science, and industry will discuss: Dr. Birgit Buschmann, Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Finance and Economics; Professor Sissi Closs, University of Applied Sciences, Karlsruhe, and director of the companies of Comet Computer GmbH and Comet Communication GmbH, Munich; Dr. Helga Lukoschat, Chairwoman of the Executive Board and Director of the European Academy for Women in Politics and Business (EAF) and Director of Femtec, University Career Center for Women Berlin GmbH; Dorothea Maisch, business and private coach; and Dr. Andrea Roesinger, Senior Vice President of SAP Business ByDesign. This discussion will be presented by Dr. Elisabeth Zuber-Knost, ZKonsult Karlsruhe.

On both days, the discussions will be followed by a small reception with snacks. A detailed program and further information can be found on the internet at

Representatives of the media are cordially welcome.

Registration and Participation Fee
Kindly register until September 22 on the internet at or by e-mail to simone belgardtTfk0∂kit edu. The costs per event amount to EUR 30, the combined price for both days is EUR 40.


Further Contact:

Staff Development, Diversity Management
Simone Belgardt
Phone: +49 721 608-46063
E-mail: Simone BelgardtYlw7∂kit edu

The ‘Frauenwirtschaftstage’ event is supported by the state government of Baden-Württemberg. All interested persons are given the opportunity to obtain information and advice during workshops, congresses, presentations, counselings, and other activities from October 13 to 15 on the following topics: Women on their way to executive positions, female entrepreneurs, succession in enterprises, founding of startups, compatibility of job and family, networking and cooperation, and re-entry of women in jobs.

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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Monika Landgraf
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