Overview

The University of Bremen will organize the 27th Informatica Feminale – the international Summer University for women students and professionals in computer science. From 14 to 29 August 2024 as program on place in Bremen, Germany. Additionally, we will start a small meantime course program which will be online during the whole year 2024. Our focus will stay on physically personal meetings and communication which is the core of our concept.

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. For more information about how to participate, see our Informatica-Feminale-FAQ2024-en.pdf.

You will be able to register for the courses and social program of the summer universities via this webpage starting in May 2024:
https://www.informatica-feminale.de/re/en/registration.php

There will be no participation fees for online courses of the meantime program.
For courses of the summer school 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.

We are looking forward to meet keen and ambitious participants!

Summer Courses and Registration

The University of Bremen will organize the 27th Informatica Feminale – the international Summer University for women students and professionals in computer science. From 14 to 29 August 2024 as program on place in Bremen, Germany. Our focus will stay on physically personal meetings and communication which is the core of our concept.

You can register for the courses and social program of the summer universities via this website:
https://www.informatica-feminale.de/re/en/registration.php
starting from May 2024, with complete course descriptions and registration page.

For your information you could get an impression of our program in 2023.

Additionally, we offer a small (!) meantime course program which will be online courses during the whole year 2024.

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Social Events

Further on, you are invited to join several field trips and meetings at the summer university on place in the region of Bremen and north-western Germany in August 2024. Detailed information will be available on this website in May 2024.

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Register

The registration as participant of the summer school is possible via a common web-based registration system of the Informatica Feminale and the Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni. 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.

You can register for the courses and social program of the summer universities via this webpage (until May 2024 it will show the courses from last year for your information):

In 2024, we will additionally arrange a small meantime program, which will offer some online courses during the whole year.

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 the program procedure 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. As soon as a course is fully booked it will appear as blocked in the online registration system.

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

Participants of the summer school are charged a participation fee.

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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Review of the Online Summer Courses 2020

Glaeser

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.)
  • Scrum Project: Agile Storyboard – Applied Scrum Master Certification (Fr 28.08.- Sa 05.09.)
  • Hilfe, ein Konflikt – weglaufen bringt nichts! (Mi 02.09.- Do 03.09.)
  • Einführung in die Programmierung mit Python (Mi 02.09.- Do 10.09.)
  • Bildanalyse mit Neuronalen Netzwerken / Image analysis with neural networks (Mo 07.09.- 10.09.)
  • Embodied Communication (Mo 14.09.- Di 15.09.)
  • Einstieg in Python (Mo 14.09.- Do 17.09.)
  • Programming for Data Analysis and Statistics with R (Mon 14.09.- Thu 17.09.)
  • Gendersensible Sprache. Wie es geht und warum sie wichtig ist (Fr 18.9.)
  • OpenSCAD (Sa 19.09.- So 20.09.)
  • Data Feminism – Erkundungen zwischen Cyber-, Xeno- und Technofeminismen (Mo 21.09.- Do 24.09.)
  • Grundlagen des Computer-Aided Design mit FreeCAD und Python / Hack your CAD models! Foundations of Computer Aided Design (CAD) with FreeCAD and Python (Mo 21.09.- Fr 25.09.)
  • Engineering for social transformation: climate change, technology and gender (Tue 22.09.- Wed 23.09.)
  • Let’s Play! Zoom-Theater, Telefon-Games und andere digitale Kulturformate (Mo 28.09.-Fr 02.10.)
  • Think Global, Act Local: the impact of the ‚New Urban Agenda‘ on our everyday life. (Tue 29.09.-Thu 01.10.)

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Aims

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.

On our website you can get more information about the background and concept of the summer university.

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Concept

A place for experimentation and 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.

Call for Contributions 2024 – an Invitation to all Women Experts in Computing!

The University of Bremen in Germany starts the 27th Informatica Feminale – the International Summer University for Women in Computing. It will be on place in Bremen from August 14 to 29, 2024. Computer scientists from academia or industry and women working inter-disciplinarily in the field are cordially invited to develop and submit course offers for the summer university 2024.

Course offers can be submitted until February 15, 2024.
> Download Call for Contributions (pdf)

Topics from the broad field of Computer Science, ICT, and Informatics (theoretical, practical, technical or applied computing) are welcome.

The Informatica Feminale is an open, explorative teaching and learning environment. Topics such as entering higher education, developing a student career, transition into labor market and lifelong academic learning are addressed. Courses on elementary skills are in demand from undergraduate students. Combinations of theory and practical units – including excerpts to deepen regular courses – are of great interest. Special topics from all areas are also particularly welcome. Courses to strengthen the social skills of female students are also included.

Inter/national lecturers and students meet at the Informatica Feminale in Bremen to exchange and to use the summer universities as a place for experimentation, with the intention to develop and imply new impulses in computer science and informatics. The summer university is aiming at the professional networking of students and the advanced training for computer scientists on an academic level.

Lecturers could take the summer university as a test field for new teaching formats, to integrate topics such as sustainability into their computer science courses and to get experience with highly engaged and interested participants. Furthermore, a special training program for lecturers will be arranged. The Informatica Feminale is part of the regular course program at the University of Bremen. Teaching assignments can be given to lecturers.

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. Proposals from the field of computer science and its interdisciplinary subjects are welcome.

An important topic will be digital sustainability with focus on ecological and social impacts of digital technologies. Desired courses could address for example protection of natural resources and optimization within ICT systems and infrastructures, green coding, energy efficiency, recycling and circular economy, regulations and standardization, human rights and labor law in production processes, participatory design, development and consumption of ICT products or services that better serve the common good. We also welcome offers that teach basics about the sustainability goals of the agendas 2030 in UN and EU as well as about the cross-sectional dimension of gender equality.

We especially invite teaching offers, which deal with applications of technical know-how in areas of life and work (for example within care, education, health, food, household, mobility, social networking, publicity, sports, militarization, etc.) from feminist perspectives. Submissions on topics such as gender, equality, technology and ethics are highly welcome.

A program committee will decide on the contributions. We particularly encourage international lecturers to apply. Course languages are German and English.

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. There will be various chances to meet graduates of computer science and engineering at both the parallel summer universities Informatica Feminale and Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni. Concurrently, we are offering multiple possibilities for sponsorship.

Please forward this Call for Contributions to interested colleagues, co-workers and students.

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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Inter/national transfers

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

The Federal Ministery of Education in Austria started the support of a national summer university, similar to Informatica Feminale, in 2002. The first ditact_women´s IT summer studies Salzburg started in September 2003 and continues on a yearly basis until today: www.ditact.ac.at.

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.

Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni
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.

More detailed information about the concept and history of Informatica Feminale can be found in German on this website.

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 15, 2024

TEACHING only on Campus

Following the situation in January 2024, we are planning the Summer University on place in Bremen. We do not look for offers for online courses . We welcome multi-day offers or (only on one Saturday) one-day workshops. All teaching will be on campus in the rooms of the University of Bremen.

Before filling in the form, please read our information concerning
planning,
teaching methods and course types,
participants,
teaching times,
requirements and
teaching assignment
carefully.

TEACHING LANGUAGES

In 2024 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.

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!

Lecturers could take the summer university as a test field for new teaching formats, to integrate new topics or methods into their computer science courses and to get experience with highly engaged and interested participants. Furthermore, a special training program for lecturers will be arranged. The Informatica Feminale is part of the regular course program at the University of Bremen. Teaching assignments can be given to lecturers.

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. Proposals from the field of computer science and its interdisciplinary subjects are welcome. Some examples:

We especially invite teaching offers, which deal with applications of technical know-how in areas of life and work (for example within care, education, health, food, household, mobility, social networking, publicity, sports, militarization, etc.) from feminist perspectives. Submissions on topics such as gender, equality, technology and ethics are highly welcome.

Additionally, a related topic is digital sustainability with focus on ecological and social impacts of digital technologies. Desired courses could address for example protection of natural resources and optimization within ICT systems and infrastructures, green coding, energy efficiency, recycling and circular economy, regulations and standardization, human rights and labor law in production processes, participatory design, development and consumption of ICT products or services that better serve the common good. We also welcome offers that teach basics about the sustainability goals of the agendas 2030 in UN and EU as well as about the cross-sectional dimension of gender equality.

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.

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 systemsof Bremen University. Participants will receive a guest account.

Bremen University uses 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 teaching; our training is obligatory for new lecturers.

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. 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.

Employed participants are paying a higher participation fee than students.

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 schools can give you an idea.

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

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Teaching Times

The summer university will be planned on place in Bremen from 14 to 29 August 2024.
For physical teaching at the summer school in Bremen, we as organizers  have developped a 3-week schedule with fixed teaching blocks. The schedule cannot be changed by lecturers.

Download Teaching Blocks

The schedule is prepared to enable approval of credit for student participants and teaching assignments to teachers.

The course slots within the three weeks of the summer school are arranged by the organizers in Bremen, based on the wishes of the lecturers. During the planning there will be a consultation with the lecturers.

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.
For the summer university 2024, some one-day workshops are possible on the 1st Saturday (August 17, 2024).
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.
(We publish no public call for our meantime online program.)

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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
(* 1 class hour = 45 minutes)
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

Calculation of teaching hours

We have collected some best practice examples to support the calculation of teaching hours and credit points within our framework of fixed teaching blocks for physical classes. Please follow the examples.

Download course schedules

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 courses with at least 14 teaching hours with 45 minutes each and plus supervision of preparation and follow-up work. This equals one semester period 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.

If the employer of a lecturer will take (full or parts of ) travel costs or honorary, we can publish the company as sponsor on our website. Some companies release lecturers from their duties during course times, so that we need not pay any honoraries.

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

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