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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

11 February has been declared by the United Nations as "International Day of Women and Girls in Science".

Since 2016, this day has been used to focus on the important role of women and girls in science and technology.

For IFW Dresden, equal opportunities are of great importance and an essential part of our scientific work. For example, we strive to increase our current proportion of 27 percent of women in scientific management positions continuously. We support our employees in reconciling family life and professional requirements. Since 2007, IFW Dresden has been certified with the "audit berufundfamilie".

Our institute makes some efforts to support new ideas and projects that contribute to the advancement of women and girls in science. As a recent example, a group of engaged female scientists is currently developing the Science-goes-school project "Kleine Keime der Wissenschaft". The goal of this program is to give primary school children equal and playful approach to physical topics and to awaken gender-independent interest in science.

Our efforts to improve gender equality in science are yielding some success. 2019 two women have been appointed at W1/W2 level as IFW research group leaders: Prof. Dr. Anna Isaeva and Prof. Dr. Julia Hufenbach. And in 2020, four female IFW scientists received offers for university professorships. Although the upcoming departure of talented female group leaders will initially lead to a reduced number of women scientists at this level of leadership, we hope to compensate for in the near future.

In this sense, we encourage all our female scientists today on the "International Day of Women and Girls in Science" to keep their finger on the pulse in this regard.