The 25th Informatica Feminale – the international Summer University for women students and professionals in Computer Science will be organized by University of Bremen in Germany – from 25th July to 5th August online and from 1st to 14th September 2022 on place in Bremen.
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.
Courses will be published here in May.
Registration will be possible on this website.
There will be no participation fees for online courses in 2022.
For courses on place in Bremen there will be a participation fee.
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.
The University of Bremen offers the 25th Informatica Feminale – the international Summer University for women in computer science – from 25th July to 5th August as online courses and from 1st to 14th September 2022 on place in Bremen.
The courses will be published here in May.
Registration will be possible on this website.
Dear Participants, Lecturers, and Friends of the Summer Universities 2020,
we look back on exciting months full of new intensive experiences: The 23rd Informatica Feminale went online! From July to Oktober 2020 some 50 courses got lots of applaus from student participants nearby and far away.
The International Summer University for Women in Computer Science at Bremen University switched to flexible online teaching in 2020 and the echos of participants were enormous. More than 230 students took part in courses, and were happy about online exchange, talks and discussions.
Our thanks… As organizing team we thank our fantastic lecturers – the new as well as the familiar – for the exciting, personal and compact teaching.
Many thanks also to all the participants for active participation, discussions, comments and criticism, networking and collegiality. A big ‘Thanks’ goes to those, who for different reasons, would never have been able to travel to Bremen; but they sent us their joy about this online opportunities. We will now think about future ways to combine online and physical teaching in Bremen.
We are MUCH aware that online teaching is not at all comparable to the common, wonderful contacts between lecturers and students we all wish for every summer university. Not to be able to see you in person, to join you during lunch break, to go to excursions or to party together was a great pity and we were missing all of this and more.
Last but not least we warmly thank our student assistants team. It was good to have you as the only students in place at the University during the summer.
Our Review Our focus 2020 brought some unexpected topicality:
“Boundaries of the Body” (Women’s) Bodies are sites of technological developments. Boundaries and limits become increasingly blurred: either through the optimization of health parameters, or the digital and technical enhancement of the body, up to unregulated collection of body-related data, and the bodies suffering the consequences of technology-based warfare. The Summer University 2020 wanted to give space and time for critical reflections and welcomed experimental debates on the relations of technological knowledge and developments in societies. We saw that several online courses integrated these topics.
Our motivation is to present the topics about gender diversity and feminist perspectives on teaching and society as cross-cutting issues, to integrate these into teaching and prevent these from “staying aside” of courses in separate courses.
Our Outlook… We are curious to read your evaluations and to receive you suggestions. These will be taken into the planning of the next summer university year 2021.
The next upcoming online period will be a good moment to improve teaching methods. But we hope that at least a short version of summer university offers at Bremen will be possible.
We invite you all to partcipate and look forward to welcoming you next summer!
Greetings from Bremen, Henrike Illig and Veronika Oechtering
See below the entire course program. Teaching and study times were different in every course – ongoing until October. We also prepared a social program with talks and discussions. There were no participation fees in 2020.
Short information about the published courses:
Python für Anfängerinnen (Mo 20.7.- Do 23.7.)
Wie wir Maschinen beibringen sexistisch zu sein – Ursachen, Probleme und Folgen von Bias in Maschinellem Lernen/KI (Mo 20.07.- Fr 24.07.)
Diskriminierung und Antidiskriminierung im Arbeitsleben – Probleme und mögliche Handlungsstrategien, (Di 21.- Do 23.7.)
How (not) to Master your Thesis – Akademische Arbeiten meistern (Mo 27.07.- Fr 31.07.)
Apps selbst entwickeln (Mo 03.08.- Fr 07.08.)
Diskriminierung durch Algorithmen? – Technikethische Reflexionen zu aktuellen Herausforderungen, (Di 04.-06.08.)
Qualitätsmanagement in Entwicklung, Produktion und Beschaffung (Mi 05.08.- Fr 19.08.)
Mikrocontrollerplatine programmieren: Calliope mini /Programming microcontroller board Calliope mini (Mo 10.08.- Di 11.08.)
Einführung in das Projektmanagement (Mo 10.08.- Sa 15.08.)
Grafisch programmieren mit Calliope mini (Teil 2) (Do 13.08.- Fr 14.08.) Sprachverarbeitung – Verfahren und Anwendungen (Fr 14.08.- Mo 17.08.)
Einführung in maschinelles Lernen /Introduction to Machine Learning (Fr 14.08.- Sa 22.08.)
Hands on Deep Learning (Fr 14.08.- So 30.08.)
Kreativitätstechniken und Ideenmanagement (Mo 17.08.- Di 18.08.)
Netzwerk- und Hardwarelabor, Teil 1 (Mo 17.08.- Mi 19.08.)
Einführung in die Strömungssimulation mit OpenFOAM / Introduction into Computational Fluid Dynamics using OpenFOAM (Mo 17.08.- Do 20.08.)
Software-Entwicklung in der Medizin. Einblicke in den Alltag einer Informatikerin (Mo 17.08.- Fr 21.08.)
Datenschutz und Datensicherheit (Mo 17.08.- Mo 24.08.)
Gender & Diversity als Schlüsselkompetenzen in Studium und Beruf (Mi 19.08.-Do 20.08.)
Netzwerklabor Teil 2 mit Wireshark (Mi 19.08.- Fr 21.08.)
Sexismus – ohne mich! Ein Reflexions- und Argumentations-Workshop (Fr 21.8.)
Prozessentwicklung im Qualitätsmanagement (Fr 21.08.- Mi 26.08.)
Erfolgreich Verhandeln (Mo 24.08- Di 25.08.2020)
Regenerative Design – mit intelligenten Konzepten die Welt verändern / Regnerative Design – co-create the world with intelligent solutions (Mo 24.08.- Mi 26.08.)
Einführung in Java (Mo 24.08.- Fr 28.08.)
Einführung in die Welt der Datenbanken und der Datenbankmanagementsysteme (Mo 24.08.- Sa 29.08.)
Dem Werkstoffversagen auf der Spur (Praxisorientierte Schadensanalyse) (Mi 26.08.- Fr 28.08.)
Und was jetzt? – Gestalte dein Leben selbstbestimmt (inclusive deiner Arbeit) / And now what? – Design your life and work (Do 27.08.- Sa 29.08.)
Alle gleich? Diversität und Ungleichheiten im Studium (Fr 28.08.)
Further on, you are invited to join several lectures and discussions at the summer university during September in Bremen.
Save the Date:
On Thursday, 8th September 2022 we will celebrate the 25th Informatica Feminale at Haus der Wissenschaft in Bremen.
Further Inforamtion will be published here in May.
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.
The aim of Informatica Feminale is the sustainable professional integration of female experts in Informatics / Computer Science and ICT, which involves:
acknowledging equal participation of all genders in technology development
increasing the number of women students and graduates in computing studies;
attaining women lecturers;
connecting women students with professionals and supporting them during the transition into the labor market;
developing new impulses — especially for women — in Informatics / Computer Science in higher education.
The nature of our conceptual starting point is clearly professional. Our mission is to motivate women in Informatics / Computer Science to create a place of exchange for themselves and other women interested in this discipline. This includes exchange of technical knowledge as well as everyday academic and occupational issues. Informatica Feminale also allows room for personal exchange.
A place for experimentationand professional exchange
By initiating ‘Informatica Feminale – Summer University for Women in Informatics’ in the year 1997 we have created a room for developing and exploring new methods for gender equality in the scientific sector. The nature of our conceptual starting point is clearly professional.
Our aim is to activate women in Informatics (Computer Science) to create a place of exchange for themselves and other women interested in this discipline. This exchange is based on professional and technical topics, but also includes a personal level by means of intensive communication.
Informatica Feminale is a place for experimentation and intends to imply new impulses in Informatics (Computer Science).
Three conceptual aspects of academic education – defining curricular fundamentals, training of students and encouraging lecturers – are closely connected in this approach. They connect studying, institutional structures and practices at a university. Technical subjects are strongly influenced by male interests. With the concept of the Summer Universities we want to support women at different academic and scientific operating levels to exert influence.
We regard academic and research content in Informatics as well as structures and practices at institutions of higher education as key factors in exclusion of women in Informatics. Therefore gender equality policies should not stop at considering the teaching of professional content, but must also regard changes in academic culture in terms of changing the ambience and structure in everyday education and research at universities.
This will be a long road, but professional networking is indispensable. Informatica Feminale should create opportunities for women to strengthen their influence on different academic and scientific operating levels.
From the beginning the inter/national success of Informatica Feminale has been unmistakable. In 2001, the national concept of Informatica Feminale at Bremen University was complemented by a regional summer school in the German Land Baden-Württemberg. Since then, the regional summer school is organized at University of Applied Sciences Furtwangen and University of Freiburg on a yearly basis: www.netzwerk-fit.de/informatica. Since 2008: www.scientifica.de
From 2004 to 2008 the the Computer Science Department at University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand organized the Computing Woman Congress (www.cwc.org.nz), following the concept of and in cooperation with Informatica Feminale at Bremen University.
The University of Bremen introduced the first national summer university for women in engineering in 2005: https://www.ingenieurinnen-sommeruni.de. The Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni has been continued since 2010 yearly and is now internationally visible with course offers in English and German.
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.
Please send us your teaching offer via our course submission forms. Submission deadline: February 28th, 2022
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.
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.
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
P.O. Box 330440
Phone +49 (0)421 218-64469
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.
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 systemBig 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
The summer university Informatica Feminale has been developped at Bremen University and is organized since 1998 yearly in August or September. The course program is open for women students from all fields of studies and from all types of universities as well as for interested women in computing with any backgrounds.