3rd Workshop on Women* in Computing
Let's talk about money - What are you worth, what job pays off, and how can you fund your dreams?

Women in Computing Workshop

Thursday, July 4th, 2024 in Munich

After overwhelmingly positive feedback to our second event last year, we are delighted to announce the third Workshop on Women* in Computing!

In this half-day workshop, we focus on the financial aspects that play a role during a career in computing, with reflections on gender equality and diversity. We have invited a selected number of successful researchers from industry and academia who will take the stage to share their perspectives and unique insights into their careers and research domains. With this event, we aim to foster mentorship in career development for young (female) researchers by establishing and strengthening a network of Women* in Computing.


11:00-12:00 Discussions on the Workshop Series (SFB-internal)
11:50 Registration opens
12:00-12:30 Opening and welcome (with snacks)
12:30-13:00 Flash introductions
13:00-14:30 Talk session I
  • Geraldine Fitzpatrick (TU Wien)
  • Kathrin Gerling (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
14:30-14:45 Coffee break
14:45-16:15 Talk session II
  • Jie Li (EPAM Systems)
  • Franziska Hämmerle (Google)
16:15-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-17:30 Group activity
17:30-18:30 Closing
18:00 Leave for LMU (~20 min trip)
19:00 Reception & Demos at LMU
Hosted by Albrecht Schmidt, Human-Centered Ubiquitous Media Group

Invited Speakers

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Geraldine Fitzpatrick

Human Computer Interaction Group, TU Wien

What values do we value when we need to talk about money?

Talking about money and what I am worth is not my comfortable place and I’m still learning how to do this better! I have worked in different countries, and in a range of different sectors from a research organisation, to industry, to universities, and more latterly as a consultant. Drawing across these experiences, I will share stories of when I have done this ‘talking about money’ well and not so well. I will also reflect more generally on managing the imposter voice, the value tensions involved in valuing your value, the costs of academic mobility, and what matters in the end.

Short bio

Geraldine Fitzpatrick (Emeritus Professor, HCI Group, TU Wien) has a background as an Informatics/Human Computer Interaction researcher, and is passionate about developing future academic leaders and crafting more collegial sustainable research cultures. She is an awarded researcher, teacher and leader, with international experience in academia, industry and healthcare, building on a PhD in CS&EE (Uni of Queensland, Australia) and an MSc in Applied Positive/Coaching Psychology (UEL, UK). She is an ACM Distinguished Scientist, an IFIP Fellow, and recipient of a SIGCHI Lifetime Service Award, an IFIP TC-13 Pioneer Award, and a TU Informatics Best Teacher Award. She now delivers academic career development and leadership development consultancy, speaking, training and coaching internationally, and also hosts the Changing Academic Life podcast series.

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Kathrin Gerling

Human-Computer Interaction and Accessibility Group, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Funding your own research, and providing funding for others: Reflections on the journey from PhD student to professor

Research funding is central to all of our careers and – in the best-case scenario – enables us to follow our passions, but for many of us, funding systems are also associated with high workloads, uncertainty, and pressure. In my talk, I will reflect on my experiences with different funding systems across countries and career stages, and how they influenced my perspective on academia along with my wellbeing.

Short bio

Kathrin Gerling is Professor of Human-Computer Interaction and Accessibility at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany. Central to the research of her group is the question how interactive technology can be designed in a way that supports human self-determination, and how we can achieve experiential accessibility – accessibility that strives for equitable experiences, and seeks to provide engaging user experiences for all of us. Her work and that of her team has been recognized through multiple awards, including Best Paper Awards at the leading venue in HCI, the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, and an ERC Starting Grant. She is a member of the steering committee of CHI PLAY, serves on the editorial board of PACM HCI, and is part of the SIGCHI executive committee as AC for Hybrid.

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Jie Li

EPAM Systems

From Academia to Industry to Cakes: My Reflection on Time and Passion Management

Are you standing at a crossroad, wondering if you should pursue a PhD or look for a job, continue your career in academia after a postdoc, or join a company? In her talk, Jie will discuss her journey from academia to industry, including what drove her to make these decisions, the gains and pains of job interviews, salary negotiations, and what research in the industry looks like. She will also explain how to balance commercial research while maintaining a passion for publishing in academic venues. Additionally, Jie will share how she manages time and, more precisely, passion in her day-to-day life.

Short bio

Dr. Jie Li is a human-computer interaction (HCI) researcher who currently serves as the Head of Research at EPAM Netherlands (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jie-li-nl/). She obtained her master’s and PhD degree in Industrial Design Engineering from Delft University of Technology. Her research work focused on designing experiences and developing evaluation methods for emerging technology such as Extended Reality and Human-AI Interactions. Despite her full-time career at EPAM, Jie remains active in the HCI community as a guest professor at universities. She also writes a column for ACM Interactions, titled “Bits to Bites,” where she reflects on HCI research methodologies in both academic and industry contexts. Beyond her research career, Jie is a creative cake artist with 16 years of experience who owns a boutique café called “Cake Researcher” in Delft (https://www.instagram.com/cake_researcher/).

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Franziska Hämmerle

Google, Zürich

Short bio

Franziska Hämmerle is an economic psychologist specialising in the area of usability, user experience and human-computer interaction. She studied psychology at the University of Vienna and is currently pursuing a MAS in Coaching and organizational development at the ZHAW in Zurich. After different positions in the industry, she now works for Google for more than 10 years. She has experience building and leading UXR teams and is passionate about growing people and products and how user-centred thinking shapes organizational structures.

Workshop Participation

Sign-up is mandatory as there are limited spots. While registration is accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis, members of SFB-TRR 161 will be given priority. This workshop is commonly fully booked, so please only register if you plan to attend. As we have many registrations already, the final spots are given based on first come first serve. Final registration closes on June 25th, 2024 (with confirmation mails until June 28th).

Registration form: https://forms.gle/u9HqRknsqY6vn2qYA

Event Location

The workshop will take place in the fortiss in Munich (Design Offices Highlight Towers, Mies-van-der-Rohe-Straße 6, 80807 München). This is only a short walk from the metro station:

Munich is very easy to reach by public transportation (train, bus, airplane), bike, or car.

The evening reception (starting 7 pm) is happening at LMU Munich at the lab of Albrecht Schmidt. The full details will be shared with you in your registration confirmation.

Program Committee

Katrin Angerbauer _ Women in Computing 2024

Katrin Angerbauer
Doctoral Student, University of Stuttgart

Fiona Draxler - Women in Computing 2024

Fiona Draxler
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Mannheim

Marina Evers - Women in Computing 2024

Marina Evers
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Stuttgart

Anke Reinschlüssel - Women in Computing 2024

Anke Reinschlüssel
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Konstanz

Uta Wagner - Women in Computing 2024

Uta Wagner
Doctoral Student, Aarhus University

Nina Dörr - Women in Computing Workshop 2024

Nina Pascale Doerr
Doctoral Student, University of Stuttgart

Passant Elagroudy - Women in Computing 2024

Passant Elagroudy
Postdoctoral Researcher, DFKI, RPTU Kaiserslautern

Tiare Feuchtner - Women in Computing Workshop

Tiare Feuchtner
Assistant Professor, University of Konstanz

Sita Vriend - Women in Computing 2024

Sita Vriend
Doctoral Student, University of Stuttgart

SFB-TRR 161 Administration Team

Andreas Henneka - Women in Copmuting Workshop 2024

Andreas Henneka
Research Outreach Coordinator, University of Konstanz

Claudia Widmann - Women in Computing Workshop 2024

Claudia Widmann
Secretary / Public Relations, University of Konstanz

Questions or Concerns?

Please contact Claudia Widmann (claudia.widmann@uni-konstanz.de)


This event is supported by the SFB-TRR 161 Quantitative Methods for Visual Computing, Fortiss, and the Humane AI net, and hosted at Fortiss and LMU Munich (reception).