Overview

Informatica Feminale – the 21st international Summer University for Women students and professionals in Informatics / Computer Science will be organized by University of Bremen in Germany from August 6 to August 24, 2018. We cordially invite women students of all disciplines, levels and different types of institutions of higher education as well as all women interested in computing and women ICT professionals from all over the world! Teaching languages will be English and German.

Registration is open on this website!
> link to courses and registration

For human resources managers we are particullarly pointing out that, during the whole summer school there will be plenty of opportunities to sponsor and to get in touch with graduates.

Students and unemployed are charged a one-time fee of 40 Euro for a participation of two weeks or 60 Euro for three weeks. Reduction of fees is available with 4 hours work with the organization team. Employed women pay a fee of 40 Euro a day. During the entire summer university, childcare is provided for free.

For more information, see our Informatica-Feminale-FAQ2018-en.

We are looking forward to meet keen and ambitious participants!

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Invitation

Dear participants! Dear visitors!

Informatica Feminale – the 20th international Summer University for Women students and professionals in Informatics / Computer Science will be organized by University of Bremen in Germany from August 7 to August 25, 2017.

The Program and registration for participants will be open on this website early in May. Until then we are arranging the program:

Computer scientists and women working interdisciplinarily are cordially invited to develop and submit course offerings. Topics from the broad field of informatics are welcome.

For human resources managers we are particullary pointing out that there will be plenty of opportunities to sponsor and to get in touch with graduates during the whole summer school Informatica Feminale.

We cordially invite women students of all disciplines, levels and different types of institutions of higher education as well as all women interested in computing and women IT professionals from all over the world! Teaching languages will be English and German.

Students and unemployed are charged a one-time fee of 35 Euro for a participation of two weeks or 50 Euro for three weeks. Reduction of fees is available with 4 hours work with the organization team. Employed women pay a fee of 35 Euro a day. During the entire summer university, childcare is provided for free.

For more information, see our FAQ-overview.

We are looking forward to meet keen and ambitious participants!

Veronika Oechtering
Center of Excellence Women in Science and Technology,

University of Bremen

Register

The registration as participant is possible via a common web-based registration system of the Informatica Feminale and the Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni. Registration is open now!

> link to courses and registration

The attendance of courses requires prior registration. You may attend several courses, but you will have to register for each course bindingly beforehand. In order to register, please select the courses which you’d like to attend from our website.

Places will be assigned according to time of registration. First come, first served!

Your course registration will be confirmed via e-mail from the University of Bremen after completion of your registration process. Further information regarding travel, the program procedure, and — if applied for — our decision concerning your scholarship application will be e-mailed as well. The lecturers will contact their students beforehand with materials necessary for preliminary course requirements.

Participants may select additional courses, e.g. to fill gaps in their summer university schedule. As soon as a course is fully booked it will appear as blocked in the online registration system.

Only the lectures are free of charge and can be attended without prior registration.

Liability Disclaimer
The organizers assume no liability for any damage to persons or to property, which is caused by participants or their children.

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Lecturers

Our lecturers are international, multi-lingual, highly motivated …

  • professors who are looking for motivated students to experiment with new concepts of teaching
  • researchers who prepare independent courses and like to teach in a pleasant atmosphere
  • practitioners who like to share their work experiences
  • researchers and practitioners from different fields who deal interdisciplinarily with computer science
  • students who 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

Most of our lecturers hold teaching assignments from the University of Bremen.

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Participants

We cordially invite women students of all disciplines, all terms and grades, of all types of colleges or universities as well as all women interested in computing and women professionals from all over the world!

In an environment that provokes learning at University of Bremen, you can work with commitment, get suggestions for your studies and accumulate current knowledge. You will experience three weeks of professional studies and establish networks with women having manifold backgrounds.

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Participation Fee

for the 21st international Informatica Feminale and
the 10th international Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni from 6.-24.8.2018:

Students and unemployed are charged a one-time fee of 40 Euro for the participation in 5 or less blocks of the two summer universities.
For a participation spanning more than 5 course blocks (see timer), a fee of 60 Euro applies. The fee is due immediately after confirmation of participation.

Those who would like to support the summer universities’ conference office for approximately 4 hours before or during the summer university (e.g. copying, organization at the reception, etc.) are exempted from the participation fee. Please notify us via e-mail, if you wish to help, or note it down as a comment in your registration form.

Women in employment are charged a fee of 40 Euro per day, which is due immediately after confirmation of participation. Invoices can be issued on demand, if you or your employer request so.

 

 

Only the lectures are free of charge and can be attended without prior registration.

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Certificates

Many of the courses correspond to regular semester courses (esp. concerning duration and requirements) and are accredited by the deans of studies at Bremen University. Therefore certificates and credit points can be gained.

For all courses of the Informatica Feminale the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (Informatics) issues confirmations of participation. For all courses of the Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni the Departments of Engineering issue confirmations of participation.
There are several courses with the possibility to attain performance records or to obtain credit points in line with the European Credit Transfer System. The requirements for obtaining Credit Points will be determined by the lecturers and communicated to the course’s participants in advance. Some courses are very similar to regular semester courses; those that are accredited by the University of Bremen are marked in the program. Participants will have to apply for recognition of their achievements at their home universities themselves. On request individual confirmations can be issued, especially for educational leave of women from industry. More about “Bildungsurlaub” is explained in German on our web page Bildungsurlaub.

Hint for students of Bremen University
The University of Bremen will recognize all courses of the summer universities Informatica Feminale und Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni as “General studies”. Additionally some of the courses are regular study part within the programs of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science – especially for Digital Media or Informatik Bachelor and Master. Others are regular study part within the programs of the Department of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering (Produktionstechnik) or within the programs of Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering. The courses are accepted for the summer semester 2018 or alternatively for the winter semester 2018/19. The amount of credit points are explained in each course description on this website.

For any questions please contact us via email or at our office:
University of Bremen, Informatica Feminale
Kompetenzzentrum Frauen in Naturwissenschaft und Technik
Building MZH Ebene 1
Veronika Oechtering (MZH 1120) and Henrike Illig (MZH 1130)
if@informatica-feminale.de

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Cancelation

If you wish to cancel your registration or registration for one of the courses, please contact us via e-mail, so that we can assign the places to other students. Please show your solidarity to other students and inform us in time, as many courses are highly requested.
NEW in 2018: When notifying us of cancellation we have to retain 40 Euros as cancelation fee from students or 60 Euros from employed participants and we will return the rest of the registration fee. Please include your bank details when cancelling your registration.

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Accommodation

The summer university and the University of Bremen will not provide any accommodation. Housing in student residences is not available for short-term rentals.

We will reserve some bed rooms for participants in some of the following hostels. More on this here in March 2018!

 

Accommodation options in Bremen:

More accommodation options on www.bremen.de:

  • Schwarzes Brett (notice board): Find rooms on short notice; all announcements are only up for a few days, so check regularly!
  • “Übernachtungssuche”: redirects to Bremen Tourismus’ search engine for hotels and bed&breakfasts in Bremen
  • A search for “private room” provides you with some more options

International students who need help, should mail to if@informatica-feminale.de

Postal address:
University of Bremen
Informatica Feminale
Department 3
P. O. Box 330440
D – 28334 Bremen
Germany

Fax +49 (0)421 / 218 – 98-64469

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Meals

During the entire summer universities, we will be operating a cafeteria offering a variety of warm and cold drinks, fruit and vegetables as well as sweets, all free of charge to participants and lecturers!

The cafeteria opening hours are Monday to Friday from 8.30 to 17.30 o’clock, Saturday & Sunday from 10.30 to 18.00 o’clock. The cafeteria serves both as meeting place and as break room for all participants and lecturers.

Warm meals are offered at different locations on Campus of the University of Bremen and are at your own expense. An info sheet “Meals on Campus” will be provided at the summer universities’ registration office for all participants and lecturers. Students can apply for a special pass on site at the Mensa Bremen to get reduced student prices for meals provided on campus.

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Scholarships

This year, we offer a certain number of scholarships for travel and accommodation to support students. Please approach your home university regarding financial support as well — we’ll be happy to advise you on this.

The organizers of the Informatica Feminale at the University of Bremen coordinate all scholarships. The allowances will be issued in regard to the overall travel expenses: 7,50 Euro per overnight stay and (partly) travel expenses according to consultation with us. We expect our scholarship holders to choose the cheapest bus/ train/ flight ticket option so that we can fund as many participants as possible. Public transport in Bremen will not be covered and not returned.

We will support international students to find cheap and good accommodation in the near of the university, according to individual contacts in advance.

Evidence must be provided for all expenses. Please note that original documents must be provided in Bremen as supporting evidence.
Reimbursements of expenses will be paid around 2-3 months after the end of the summer universities (other arrangements are possible only for international students, according to individual contacts in advance).

Scholarship holders are exempt from the participation fee.

Financial support by other universities
In past years, a lot of universities supported their students financially to a certain extent, assisting them in covering the costs of participation for the summer universities. Please contact your dean or the faculty’s equal opportunity officer at your university.

Scholarship Application
An application for a scholarship has to be filed in the application form. Furthermore, a scholarship application letter needs to be turned in via e-mail or facsimile within 7 days of your application. Claims submitted later cannot be considered!

How to write a scholarship application letter?
The letter should be informal. Please send us a PDF document, including your own letterhead, addressed to Informatica Feminale (see below).
Please outline briefly your progress with your studies and why you would like to participate in the summer universities at the University of Bremen.

Please e-mail your letter saved in PDF-file format to if@informatica-feminale.de or via facsimile to: +49 (0)421 / 218-98-64469

Our postal address:

University of Bremen
Informatica Feminale
Department 3
P. O. Box 330440
D – 28334 Bremen
Germany

Our decision regarding your scholarship application will be included in your confirmation of participation e-mail.

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Child Care

Throughout the summer universities we offer a free daily child care for the participants’ and lecturers’ children.

Child care is offered for children between 1 and 12 years of age (please ask in advance if you need child care for babies).

The children will stay in a children’s group room on the Campus of the University of Bremen, taken care of by a team of experienced childcare workers.
Your child/children is/are supposed to eat and spend time together with you during lunch time.

We ask you to make a binding registration in advance, if you need childcare during your stay in Bremen.
Following up, we will then arrange planning in more detail regarding your child’s/children’s experience and settling in as well as what to bring along.

The primarily necessary information will be asked for during the registration process. Do not hesitate to ask us if you have any further questions.

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Directions

Travel to Bremen University

All events take place at facilities of Bremen University.

Arrival by train
Exit the building of Bremen’s central station heading south (towards the city center). Taxis and trams leave directly from the square outside central station. Take tram number 6 towards university (“Universität”). The tram takes approx. 16 minutes from central station to the university.
The nearest tram and bus stop to the summer universities’ registration office is Universität-Zentralbereich.
A single ticket costs 2,80 Euro and can be purchased from a ticket machine directly on the tram.

For students there are reduced fares for 7-day-tickets. You will have to register for a special student card at the BSAG information desk. There are no reduced fares available for single ride tickets.

The BSAG information desk is situated in the main square outside Bremen central station, a silver tower a bit to the left, in between the bus and tram stops.

Opening hours of the BSAG information desk:
Monday — Friday 7:00 — 20:00 o’clock
Saturday 9:00 — 18:00 o’clock
Sunday 9:00 — 17:00 o’clock

For more information about tickets and reduced fares:
Download Information about Tickets and Reduced Fares 05-08-2017

For more information regarding prices and travel time please visit www.bsag.de

Transfer from Bremen central station to the University of Bremen by taxi is approx. 12 Euros.

Arrival by bus
Several busses stop at “Universität-Zentralbereich” (BSAG bus lines 21, 22, 18, 31). Another nearby bus stop is called “Universität NW1” or “Universität-Naturwissenschaften 1” (VBN bus lines 630 and 670). BSAG tickets are accepted in VBN busses. For more information visit www.bsag.de and www.vbn.de.

Arrival by car
When arriving via highway A1 change at interchange “Bremer Kreuz” onto highway A27 in the direction of “Bremen-Bremerhaven”. Get off the A27 at the exit “Universität / Horn-Lehe” and proceed in the direction of “Centrum / Universität”. On the campus and in the university technology park there are plenty of parking areas (starting from 0,70 Euro/day).

Arrival by plane
Transfer from the airport to the University of Bremen by taxi is approx. 20 Euros.

Much more aggreable is the transfer via tram number 6, which is running directly from the airport to the university, stopping at “Universität-Zentralbereich” and taking exactly 30 minutes.

You will find up-to-date travel information on how to reach the University of Bremen here:  Directions on Bremen University website.

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Conference office

Conference office of the summer university

When arriving at the University of Bremen, please make sure to visit our summer universities’ conference office first:
The summer universities’ conference office is located on the central Campus of the University of Bremen in the building Mehrzweckhochhaus (MZH) on the 1st floor, room 1100. Elevators are available. (Campus map, rooms map MZH).

Address of the Conference Office
University of Bremen
Sommerunis
Bibliothekstrasse 5, Building (Haus) MZH
Level (Ebene) 1, Room (Raum) 1100
D-28359 Bremen

Opening hours
The summer universities’ conference office will be open
Monday-Friday from 8.30 — 17.00 o’clock and
Saturdays & Sundays from 10.30 — 17.30 o’clock.
You will receive all necessary documents at the summer universities’ conference office.

The course rooms will be listed in the conference folders. You will receive your folder at the summer universities’ registration office. We do not publish room information on the website because our experience has shown that there are to many changes during the summer university weeks that need face-to-face contacts.

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