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.
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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.

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.