All partner institutions of the SFB-TRR 161 offer a wide variety of consulting and support services to ensure gender equality and diversity across all stages of academia. Ranging from childcare offers over networks, mentoring, seminars and workshops to scholarship programs and other forms of financial support, the gender equality and diversity strategies of the participating universities create the framework for a climate of equal opportunity and lived diversity.

For detailed information about the structures and measures provided by the participating universities, please select one of the institutions below.

Based on those structures provided by the participating universities, the SFB-TRR 161 implements its own measures and services to support members with infants and to increase the ratio of female researchers in visual computing:


Childcare

Our goal is to make it easier for members of the SFB-TRR 161 and its graduate school who are parents of infants to conduct their research and attend meetings and seminars of the SFB-TRR 161. Therefore, we support them financially and organizationally in finding childcare for their infants. In cooperation with the family and gender services of our universities, we offer them regular places in daycare and partially fund them. Additionally, the SFB-TRR 161 organizes short-term childcare during conferences and other meetings or during vacation time.


Career support for women and girls

To increase the ratio of female academics in visual computing and the interest of women and girls in our research fields in general, we implement measures at different levels. To motivate young women to study computer science or similar subjects, we participate in and organize career orientation events such as the “Girls’ Day” or programming courses. At the doctoral level, we offer young female researchers mentoring help from international researchers in cooperation with the MEiN program at the University of Konstanz. Extensive support for doctoral researchers is also provided within the framework of our Graduate School. Furthermore, we organize and support workshops and talks for women from the participating universities and the visual computing community at large, such as discussion rounds with successful researchers from the area of visual computing.

Pooling Workshops

The Pooling of the University of Stuttgart offers several workshops for female researchers and principal investigators. Members from all sites of the SFB-TRR 161 are invited to participate.

Events

Girls' Day

The SFB-TRR 161 regularly participates in the national vocational orientation day for girls from grade 5 upwards. On April 28, 2022, we offered an online coding workshop in which six girls participated.

“Out with it” – Training for voice, speech and body language

October 5-6th, 2022 | University of Konstanz

The SFB-TRR 161, SFB 969, SFB 1432, and the Equal Opportunity Office of the University of Konstanz invite female researchers to a speech, voice and body language training with Katharina Padleschat.

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Workshop | Women* in Computing

October 25, 2022 | University of Stuttgart

This one-day workshop will highlight the research opportunities and career paths for excellent female researchers in the field of visual computing and human-computer interaction. The workshop's aim is to empower early-career female researchers through networking with successful examples from industry and academia. This is considered a mentorship event to train younger researchers.

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Leading Successfully Despite Bias

Organized in collaboration with the Equal Opportunity Office of the University of Konstanz, the workshop "Leading Successfully Despite Bias" for SFB-TRR 161 members will be held on July 18, 2022 (new date in the winter term tba!), by Dr. Sebastian Tillmann, Coordinator for Diversity in Science and, Marie-Claire Kabengele, Research Associate, University of Konstanz.

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Event Archive

In 2021 our Girls' Day workshop took place as an online event. Read the full report of our programming workshop on our blog.

On December 14, 2021, the SFB-TRR 161 funded a screening of the short film Ada (2019). A video of the accompanying talk by mathematician Sebastian Krapp and the discussion with the film's director and leading actress is available on the website of Uni Konstanz.

In 2017, Aya Jaff and Anja Ziemer visited the SFB-TRR 161 to talk about their successful careers in the male domain of computer science. A video of their talks is available from the website of the University of Konstanz.