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Erasmus Staff Week in Bremen 2019

Breaking the Ceiling - Women in International Higher Education and STEM Fields

Prof. Dr. Eva Quante-Brandt (Senator of Science, Health and Consumer Protection, State of Bremen) gives a keynote on gender equality in academia.

We were pleased to warmly welcome academic and non-academic staff from partner universities from 19 different countries. The main purpose of this event was to discuss experiences and challenges related to gender equality in academia with a special emphasis on women in STEM fields with our colleagues from partner universities.

Panel discussion on “Breaking the Ceiling: Women in Higher Education” hosted by Dr. Lorraine Frisina Doetter.


The panelists were (from left to right): Prof. Dr. Eva-Maria Feichtner (Vice President International and Diversity, University of Bremen), Prof. Dr. Karin Gottschall (Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Bremen), Sylvia Hils (Central Women‘s Representative, University of Bremen, Spokeswoman for the State Conference of Women‘s Representatives) and Prof. Dr. Karin Vosseberg (Vice Rector for Studies and Teaching, University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven), Dr. Lorraine Frisina Doetter (Project Director and International Networking Officer, Collaborative Research Centre 1342, University of Bremen).

Official welcome of participants of the 5th Erasmus staff week! Dr. Annette Lang (Director International Office, University of Bremen) welcomes all participants and thanks the team for the good organization of the staff week.


(from left to right: Andrea Schäfer (Central Commission of Women’s Issues), Dr. Antonia Gohr (Jacobs University, International office), Aleksandra Rupietta (University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven, International office), Ilka Knippel (Bremen University of Applied Sciences, International office), Antje-Kathrine Nantcho (Bremen University of Applied Sciences, International office), Manfred Nölte (State and University Library Bremen), Kirsten Bergert (State and University Library Bremen), Brabara Hasenmüller (University of Bremen, International office)

Presentations of project “OPEN MINT”, “Do I like MINT?” and „Teknologiaften“ at the 5th Erasmus staff week at the University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven.


The panelists were (from left to right): Nadine Metzler (Marketing and Public Relations Department, Contact Point School-University, University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven), Kirsten Buchecker (Bachelor Degree Course Food Technology / Food Economics, University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven), Prof. Dr. Gerhard Feldmeier (Vice Rector for International Affairs, Further Education and Cooperation with Regional
Economy, University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven), Mari Løvås (Kommunikasjonsrådgiver, University of Stavanger), Kristian Thorsen (Førsteamanuensis, University of Stavanger)

The International offices of University of Bremen (Barbara Hasenmüller), Hochschule Bremen City University of Applied Sciences (Ilka Knippel and Antje-Kathrine Nantcho), University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven  (Aleksandra Rupietta and Claudia Sahlmen) and Jacobs University (Antonia Gohr and Yuliya Salauyova) as well as the State and University Library Bremen (Kirsten Bergert and Manfred Nölte) and the Central Commission of Women’s Issues (Andrea Schäfer) jointly organized the fifth Erasmus Staff Week „Breaking the Ceiling: Women in International Higher Education and STEM Fields”, 6 – 10 May 2019.

The fifth Erasmus Staff Week offered two streams, one main stream on experiences and challenges related to gender equality in academia and one library stream on future developments in academic libraries. Download the fifth Erasmus Staff Week Programme.

Below you'll find an overview and details of the sessions of the main stream of the Erasmus Staff Week in Bremen (with downloads if available).

Programme main stream

Monday, May 6th

10:00 – 10:30

Arrival at Haus der Wissenschaft

10:30 – 12:30

Official Welcome (Dr. Annette Lang)

12:30 – 14:30


14:30 – 15:00

Key note and Welcome Address (Prof. Dr. Eva Quante-Brandt)

15:00 – 16:00

Panel discussion “Breaking the Ceiling: Women in Higher Education” (Prof. Dr. Eva-Maria Feichtner, Sylvia Hils, Prof. Dr. Karin Gottschall, Prof. Dr. Karin Vosseberg)

Moderation: Dr. Lorraine Frisina Doetter

16:00 – 16:30



Scavenger Hunt


Dinner at Restaurant Beck’s im Schnoor (invitation by the hosts)


Tuesday, May 7th

9:00 - 9:30

Official Welcome (Prof. Dr. Eva-Maria Feichtner)

Presentation of the University of Bremen (Dr. Annette Lang)

9:30 - 10:30

It's my Choice! Women in Science and Technology Studies. (Prof. Dr. Doris Elster)

Attitudes of female students towards technology higher education programmes in Hungary (Prof. Dr. Valéria Szekeres)

10:30 - 11:00Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:30

The International Summer Universities for Women in Technology at Bremen University: Informatica Feminale & Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni (Veronika Oechtering)

12:30 - 14:00Lunch at Café Unique
14:00 - 15:00Further discussions and wrap-up
15:00 - 16:00

Individual meetings

Optinals: Campus tour


Wednesday, May 8th


Meeting at ZOB (Central Bus Station)


Departure to Bremerhaven by bus

10:00 – 10:30

Official Welcome
Presentation of the University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven (Prof. Dr. Gerhard M. Feldmeier)

10:30 – 11:00

“OPEN MINT”: How to inspire female pupils for STEM studies, strengthen female students and make female researchers visible (Kirsten Buchecker)

11:00 – 11:15

“Do I like MINT?” Vocational orientation activities for female pupils (Nadine Metzler)

11:15 – 11:45

„Teknologiaften“: How to motiva-te and inspire girls to a career in STEM fields? (Mari Løvås and Kristian Thorsen)

11:45 – 12:15


12:15 – 13:15


13:15 – 14:00

Individual meetings Optional: Campus tour

14:00 – 17:00

Visit to the German Emigration Center or the Klimahaus (Climate Science Center)


Departure for Bremen


Thursday, May 9th

9:00 – 9:30

Official Welcome (Prof. Dr. Karin Luckey)

Official Welcome (Dr. Barbara Rinken)

Presentation of the Hochschule Bremen (Dr. Heike Tauerschmidt)

9:30 – 10:00

Breaking the professional barrier and collaborative working within STEM area (Dr. Jennifer Hardi)

10:00 – 10:30

“Mentoring MINT”: Promoting Women in STEM (Susanne Peter)

10:30 – 11:00

“Rosy Future”: Career guidance for female students (Dr. Monika Blaschke)

11:00 – 12:00


12:00 – 13:30


13:30 – 14:30

Campus tour

14:30 – 15:00

Presentation of the International Women‘s Degree Programme in Computer Science B.Sc. (Prof. Dr. Gerlinde Schreiber)

15:00 – 16:30

Optional: Individual meetings or visit of the Ship Simulator

18:00 – 21:00

Europe Day 2019 Celebration


Friday, May 10th


Departure to Jacobs University Bremen from Central Station

9:15 – 10:00

Official Welcome (Dr. Antonia Gohr)
Women in MINT at Jacobs University (Prof. Dr. Adele Diederich)

10:00 – 10:30

“Mint and Women”: Projects at FH Johanneum, Salzburg (Dr. Johanna Theurl)

10:30 – 11:15


11:15 – 12:00

Final Workshop: wrap-up & feedback

12:00 – 13:00


13:00 – 15:00

Campus tour