Call for Contributions 2022– an Invitation to all Women Experts in Computing!

The University of Bremen, Germany, invites women experts in computer science / informatics to contribute to the 25th Informatica Feminale, the International Summer University for Women in Informatics / Computer Science.
The Call for Contributions 2022 is open: course offers can be submitted until February 28, 2022.

Every year, Informatica Feminale offers compact teaching in Informatics / Computer Science for women students of all types of universities and colleges as well as for women professionals interested in further training.
Computer scientists and women working interdisciplinarily are cordially invited to develop and submit course offerings. Topics from the broad field of Computer Science, ICT, and Informatics are welcome: theoretical, practical, technical or applied computing. We invite scientists, to take the summer university as a test field for new teaching formats and to get experience with highly engaged and interested participants. We also invite lecturers with course offers on career topics.

The Informatica Feminale is part of the regular course offerings of Bremen University so that teaching assignments can be given to women lecturers. We are especially looking for international lecturers. Course offerings in German and in English are welcome!

At the moment we are inviting offers for online courses to be taught from July 25th to August 5th, 2022 and for courses in Bremen from September 1st to 14th, 2022. The course periods can be a few days or split up over the two weeks.

The women´s network Informatica Feminale and its sister Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni are a place to exchange about technical and social developments, which we meet in our every-day life and which are designed by ourselves as technical experts.

The Summer University wants to give space and time for critical reflections and highly welcomes experimental debates on the relations of technological knowledge and developments in societies. We especially invite teaching offers, which deal with applications of technical know-how in spaces for work and life (for example within care, education, health, food, household, mobility, social networking, publicity, sports, militarization, etc.) from feminist perspectives.
Submissions for courses, panels, workshops, and talks on topics such as gender, equality, technology and ethics are highly welcome.

In 2022, we focus on a precise exchange: We invite companies with gender sensible organizational concepts and successful personal management strategies to promote women engineers to a broad spectrum of leading positions are invited to present their best practices to the participants of the Informatica Feminale. Together with students, lecturers and women experts, we seek to discuss and bring together different perspectives. Concurrently, we are offering multiple possibilities for sponsoring.

For the Summer University for Women in Informatics we cordially invite women students of all types of universities and colleges as well as women professionals interested in further training from all over the world! You will experience three month of professional studies and establish a network with women having manifold backgrounds in a friendly and stimulating environment at the University of Bremen.

Hint:
In parallel to the Informatica Feminale, we will organize the Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni, the Summer University for Women in Engineering. Your are invited to submit your course also there.
>Call for Contributions for the Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni.

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Ideal lecturers

  • Women professors who are looking for motivated students to experiment with new concepts of teaching
  • Women researchers who prepare independent courses and would like to teach in a pleasant atmosphere
  • Women practitioners who would like to share their work experiences or to gain teaching experience for a university career
  • Women researchers and practitioners from different fields who deal interdisciplinarily with computer science
  • Students who would like to offer subject-specific discussions of experience
  • Experts offering orientation for students being in the course of their studies or preparing for the transition to working life.

Interested lecturers who apply for the first time for the Informatica Feminale in Bremen should give a short overview of their professional background. Furthermore, we ask for some personal information in the course submission form, which might be used for advertising the summer university in the program on the website.

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Course Submission

Please send us your teaching offer via our course submission forms. Submission deadline: February 28th, 2022

ONLINE TEACHING

Following the situation in January 2022, we are going to plan the Summer Universities with online courses as well as on place in Bremen. In online courses, lecturers will teach from their preferred place. Teaching on place will be at the University of Bremen.

TEACHING LANGUAGES

In 2022 we wish to gain the interest of international participants with courses in English and in German. More languages combined with these are welcome, too. You can offer your teaching only in German or only in English or combine these with other languages.

If you want to teach your course mostly in German, please use our
> submission form in German language.

If you want to teach your course mostly in English, please use our
> submission form in English language.

Other languages can be integrated in both of these forms.

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Planning

What you need to know about planning your course offer

On the following pages we would like to outline the general conditions for teaching at the Informatica Feminale and to give you advice on submitting a course. You can also find this information in the submission form for course offers.

The most important facts, to develop a course offer, are summarized in a planning guide. We recommend all lecturers to read it before applying.

For questions and further information please contact:

University of Bremen
Informatica Feminale
P.O. Box 330440
D-28334 Bremen
Germany
Phone +49 (0)421 218-64469
Email: if@informatica-feminale.de

or
Veronika Oechtering
Phone +49 (0)421 218-64463

Henrike Illig
Phone +49 (0)421 218-64467

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Course Topics

We are looking for courses that cover the whole range of informatics/computer science: theoretical, practical, technical and applied informatics, as well as courses that cover interdisciplinary topics.

The women´s network Informatica Feminale is a place to exchange about technical and social developments, which we meet in our every-day life and which are designed by ourselves as technical experts.

The Summer University wants to give space and time for critical reflections and highly welcomes experimental debates on the relations of technological knowledge and developments in societies. We especially invite teaching offers, which deal with applications of technical know-how in spaces for work and life (for example within care, education, health, food, household, mobility, social networking, publicity, sports, militarization, etc.) from feminist perspectives.
Submissions for courses, panels, workshops, and talks on topics such as gender, equality, technology and ethics are highly welcome.

Teaching languages are German and English.

We invite scientists, to take the summer university as test field for changed teaching formats and to get experience with highly engaged and interested participants. This open situation surprises our new lecturers every year and gives motivation to the teaching at their home universities.

Undergraduate students highly request courses that train basic skills such as experimental work and context skills. Combining theoretical and practical work – especially to deapen knowledge from regular courses – is very interesting for the summer university. Any engineering topics on advanced level and soft skills training are welcome as well!

Joint courses offered by two lecturers have proved their worth during the past summer universities; this can be a chance to promote interdisciplinarity.

Please note: We cannot accept courses that deal with single commercial products. It is recommended to focus on general concepts instead.

Further explanations are available in the submission form or via email (if@informatica-feminale.de).

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Teaching Methods and Course Types

The following teaching methods and course types are possible:

  • Course
    Teacher-centered teaching alternates with practical exercises or presentation by the participants during the course.
  • Project
    The participants work on a topic that is related to a larger project.
  • Lab
    Skills are trained with practical tasks.
  • Workshop
    All topics are worked out and developed with the consultation of the participants.

Several course types may be combined.

When you prepare a course, you should make clear which participants you want to reach and what prior knowledge you are expecting.

Teaching is expected in a gender- and diversity-sensible way. We will offer online trainings on these topics for specific groups of lecturers.

We will group all courses into categories of time and topic. The length of your course can vary (according to our block scheme). We will arrange the schedule by taking other courses into account as well.

Official coordinator and venue (also for online teaching) will be the University of Bremen. All teaching regulations in Bremen University are also relevant for the summer courses. Technical infrastructures of the participating departments at Bremen University will be available for use. Especially the learning management system STUD.IP and the video conference systems are given.

External lecturers will receive a lecturer account, which authorizes to use most of tools within the learning management and the video conference systems. Participants will receive a guest account.

Based on our experience during summer 2020 and 2021, we strongly recommend the video conference system Big Blue Button. At Bremen University it is integrated in the learning management system STUD.IP, so that every class group has also direct access to pad, wiki, videos, etc. Lecturers can also use the tools  DoIT and EduWork Builder, to prepare time-scheduled tasks. As soon as a course will be accepted for the summer universities we will offer individual or group trainings for lecturers.

For privacy reasons we will not accept any use of tools which are not hosted within the European Union. There will be no exception. We will also offer trainings on privacy aspects within online teaching.

Necessary software installations, which need to be hosted at Bremen University, have to be communicated early in advance. No adminstration rights for computer labs are given to lecturers.

We recommend early exchange with the organizers of the summer university if the installation process of a specific software is part of the course content or if applications with critical administration rights will be used.

If courses are going to be run in place at Bremen University WiFi and other necessary teaching materials (e.g. projector, moderating materials, etc.) are available free of charge in every classroom. Further details will be arranged individually.

In the submission form you can choose the course type. We will check your specifications and, if necessary, recommend modifications.

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Participants

You will be expected by motivated participants, who are:

  • Women students from universities, colleges and other institutions, studying Computer Science / Informatics either as major or minor subject
  • Women students from the fields of engineering, sciences, social sciences and the humanities
  • Women experts from practice who want to study further on a high level of qualification as well as
  • (sometimes) Pupils with an interest in studying Computer Science.

This variety of life experiences and perspectives in particular is what evolves vivid discussions during the courses and is a special quality of the summer university.

We are expecting 200 to 250 participants in Bremen. The teaching will take place in small groups of 10 to 12 women. In online classes we have 10-12 participants. Teachers are able to limit the course size. The teaching in small groups guarantees an intensive working atmosphere. Courses with practical elements should plan with no more than 10 participants.

Based on experience, women participate in the Informatica Feminale voluntarily because they are highly motivated by their interest in the given topics or by the experimental possibilities during the courses. Most participants are women students and women experts. Many participants are attending the summer university regularly.

Students are coming from international universities and colleges. This requires a lot of communication before and during the first hours of the course to determine a common basis. Participants, who attend the Informatica Feminale for advanced vocational training, often have to take time off from work. Participating in online classes also means for many women to switch between care work, work places and study times.

Employed participants are paying a higher participation fee than students. Online courses are without any fees for all categories of participants.

When preparing a course offer, you should clearly identify the group of participants you want to reach and what previous knowledge they should have. It should be clear whether, for example, only students in a specific phase of their studies are addressed or if a broad variety of participants is desired. Examples from past summer studies can give you an idea.

The submission form for courses contains phrasings of the past years.

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Teaching Times

According to the diverse forms of teaching and to enable approval of credit for student participants and teaching assignments to teachers, different durations of lectures are possible. The duration and time of individual lectures are arranged by the organizers in Bremen, based on the proposal of the teachers. During the planning there will be a consultation with the teachers.

The summer university 2022 will be planned as online program from 25th July to 5th August and on place in Bremen from 1st to 14th September 2022. For both the parts we use a fixed scheme for teaching blocks and timing.

For online teaching, course blocks with the whole class group should last 3-4 hours maximum. During the remaining hours in a day there may only be organized councelling or small group or exercise work.

For physical teaching in Bremen, we use a schedule with fixed teaching blocks:

Download Teaching Blocks


A course needs to be planned at least with 14 class hours with 45 minutes each (= 1 SWS), more hours are possible. Also, working hours of participants have to be calculated to offer possible credit points. We have collected some best practice examples for teaching processes and sequences.

A calculation is integrated in the submission form. You can also include your preferred dates there.

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Requirements

To give students a specific idea about content, activities and requirements of a course, we need a clear description from you. The Informatica Feminale wants to enable approval of credit for student participants and teaching assignments for lecturers.

Credit Points (CP)

To enable approval of credit for bachelor and master students, courses must be rewarded with Credit Points according to the European Credit Point Transfer System (ECTS), representing the standard grading system in Bachelor and Master programs in the European Union. Each Credit Point corresponds to 30 clock hours of work (60 minutes each). This includes participation in the teaching blocks, all course work and homework including preparation and follow-up work.

Minimum is 1 Credit Point per course, 2 or more CP are possible for elaborate courses.

To receive Credit Points, participants have to fulfill the following requirements:

Credit Points Class hours* in Bremen Plus preparation and follow-up in all
for 1 CP
(or 30 clock hours)
14 class hours;
or 10,5 clock hours
19,5 clock hours
for 2 CP
(or 60 clock hours)
14 class hours;
or 10,5 clock hours
49,5 clock hours
for 2 CP
(or 60 clock hours)
28 class hours;
or 21 clock hours
39 clock hours
for 3 CP
(or 90 clock hours)
28 class hours;
or 21 clock hours
69 clock hours

* 1 class hour = 45 minutes

Calculation of teaching hours in 2022

We have collected some best practice examples to support the calculation of teaching hours and credit points. Frameworks are the two weeks for online and the fixed teaching blocks for physical classes. Please follow the examples for teaching processes and sequences.

Preparation and follow-up work includes

search of literature, software installation, programming work, participation in talks, presentations, team work, home work, writing of any texts, etc. All working times are seen as equivalent.

Please notice, that participants of Informatica Feminale will not have any time for this work during their stay in Bremen, because of social events in the evenings or other courses during the week. Teachers and participants will only be able to work for a specific course during class hours.

Appraisal and grading

Additionally to Credit Points, the fulfillment of requirements will have to be valued with “passed” or “failed”. Work can be graded, but that is not obligatory!

The grading has to follow the “Allgemeiner Teil der Bachelorprüfungsordnung” of Bremen University; more information will be given to teachers after the decision of the program committee.

At the end of each course, students will get a certificate of participation.

Recognition

Additionally, students often want to get credit for their participation for an approval at their home institution. Therefore, they need a precise announcement of the performance requirements before the beginning of the course.

Students themselves are responsible for the approval of credits achieved during the summer courses. Therefore they have to contact the home university for further details. Accordingly, all requirements including preparation and follow-up need to be clear before the beginning of the course.
Within the Informatics degree courses at the University of Bremen, the approval of credits is determined internally and announced on the website of the Informatica Feminale.

Examples from past courses can give you an idea of what your description should contain. In the submission form you will be asked for several possibilities.

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Teaching Assignment

Lecturers can get teaching assignments for half week and week courses (= 14 or 28 teaching hours with 45 minutes each) and including supervision of preparation and follow-up work. This equals one resp. two semester periods per week. At least 1 credit point must be offered, too.

The requirement of getting a teaching assignment is a complete description of the course. All necessary data is asked in the submission forms for courses. Missing information will be added later, if necessary.

In every case the remuneration will be equal to those for guest lecturers at the University of Bremen (depending on the lecturers’ background this is between 27 and 47 euros per teaching hour).

For more details please contact the organizers in Bremen.

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Travel, Accommodation, Child Care and Sponsorship

An accommodation for lecturers, and also for their children if required, is organized by the University of Bremen. In consultation with the teachers, hotel rooms or guest rooms are booked and (if not agreed upon differently) paid by the University of Bremen.

The University will also pay for travel expenses. Please take note that costs can only be refunded if they meet the statutory refund regulations of the state of Bremen.

During the whole period of the summer school there will be free child care available. Children must be registered in advance. During online teaching, we try to support with similar arrangements.

For sponsors, there are multiple ways to support the Informatica Feminale.

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Further Dates 2022

28 February Submission deadline for course offers
> Submission form
March Meeting of the program committee
From March Planning of the program and consultation with the lecturers
April and May Planning continuing
from May/June
until September
Announcement of the courses, registration of participants, organisation of publicity
both the
25. international Informatica Feminale
at the University of Bremen
14. international Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni
at the University of Bremen

Notice of related events

22nd–26th February 2022 regional meccanica feminale in Baden-Württemberg
 online
2nd–6th August 2022 regional informatica feminale in Baden-Württemberg
at University of Freiburg
22nd August–
3rd September 2022
ditact_women´s IT summer studies,
Salzburg, Austria

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Wishes and Proposals

Dear participants, lecturers and interested parties of the summer universities,

The team of the international summer universities in Bremen is kindly asking for your support and feedback: We are looking for new exciting topics, lecturers, technical contents and discourses for the future summer universities and for the enlargement of our network. Which lecturers, speakers of activists did you always want to experience in a course at the summer universities? Which topics are you interested in that should find space at the summer universities in form of teaching, discussion, workshop (…)? Together, we want to continue staging exceptional, diverse and interesting summer universities that reflect technical discourses and innovations and that discusses recent topics. We are looking forward to your impulses!

Sponsorship – your part of change!

From July to September 2022 the 25th Informatica Feminale, the international Summer University for Women in Computing, will be held by University of Bremen.
The summer university 2022 will be planned as online program from 25th July to 5th August and on place in Bremen from 1st to 14th September 2022. On September, 8th we will celebrate the 25th anniversary with a conference day.

Sponsoring Informatica Feminale at the University of Bremen provides opportunities

  • for personally establishing contacts with women students and professionals in Informatics / Computer Science,
  • for broadening your scholarship programs with dedicated women students,
  • for demonstrating equal opportunities and diversity within your company,
  • for presenting your programs for women managers,
  • for introducing your technical products and services,
  • for winning new women employees.

Every year 200-250 women students and professionals in Informatics / Computer Science and Engineering from national and international universities and colleges take part in the summer university at University of Bremen. With more than 20 years of experience the Informatica Feminale presents a successful forum for exchanging the latest ICT knowledge and networking internationally.

In 2022, we focus on a precise exchange: Companies with gender sensible organizational concepts and successful personal management strategies to promote women engineers to a broad spectrum of leading positions are invited to present their best practices to the participants of Informatica Feminale. Together with students, lecturers and women experts, we seek to discuss and bring together different perspectives.
Concurrently, we are offering multiple possibilities for sponsoring. Or join the summer universities with a technical course or recruiting presentations. Further proposals are welcome at any time.

We cordially invite you to support the Informatica Feminale 2022.

For more details, please contact
Henrike Illig
phone: +49-(0)421-218-64467
email: if@informatica-feminale.de

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