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:
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. 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.