The Summer University 2022 starts!

The 25th Informatica Feminale is open! From the 25th of July 2022 until the middle of September, the International Summer University for Women in Computing at Bremen University, Germany, takes place at Bremen University, Germany.
More than 60 courses from the broad field of Computer Science, ICT, and Informatics will be offered to women students in computing studies as well as to practitioners in the field. Students from other subjects get basic ICT and interdisciplinary course topics. Course offerings are in German and in English!

We start with an online course program in July and August. Teaching and study times are different in every course. For online courses, there are no participation fees in 2022. Registration is possible at:

Courses on place in Bremen will be from 1st to 14th of September. The program will be published soon.
Save the date: On the 8th of September we will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Informatica Feminale with a conference day.

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 offer teaching, 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.

All, who want to receive information about future Summer Universities, are invited to subscribe to our mailing list. Please send an email to if@informatica-feminale.de.

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. There will be plenty of other opportunities to sponsor.

International Summer Courses for Women in Computing

For the Summer University Informatica Feminale 2022 we cordially invite women students from all types of universities and colleges as well as women professionals interested in further training from all over the world! You will experience three months of professional studies and establish a network with women having manifold backgrounds in a friendly and stimulating environment at the University of Bremen.

Every year the Informatica Feminale offers compact teachings in computing and ICT.

Entering higher education, developing a student career, transition into labour market and lifelong academic learning are equally in the field of vision. Inter/national lecturers and students meet at the Informatica Feminale in Bremen, Germany to exchange.

Since 1998 the Summer University Informatica Feminale is part of the regular course program of Bremen University and organized by the Fachbereich Mathematik und Informatik (Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science) and the Kompetenzzentrum Frauen in Naturwissenschaft und Technik der Universität Bremen (Center of Excellence Women in Science and Technology at Bremen University).

Funding comes predominately from the Professorinnenprogramm (joint initiatives of the German federal state and the Länder), the University of Bremen and from the Faculty.

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A place for experimentation in teaching

In 1998 the University of Bremen started the first summer university for women in computing: Informatica Feminale is a place for experimentation and professional exchange, with the intention to develop and imply new impulses in Computer Science and Informatics.

The concept of Informatica Feminale was developed at Bremen University and has been transfered several times to national and international places. Informatica Feminale is organized at Bremen on a yearly basis. Every summer 200-250 students participate in some 50 courses.

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Impressions of the Online Summer School 2021

Dear Participants, Lecturers, and Friends of the Summer Universities 2021,

again as last year, the 24th Informatica Feminale had to stay online and our plans for courses in Bremen were stopped.

But as always the lecturers were flexible, the students’ echos great, and from July to October, some 50 courses went ahead. Some course were booked out in hours after publication; others realized settings with few students and very intensive learning. Lecturers sent hardware for experiments to their students; participants organized their own lunch meetings and got happy about virtual networking.

Many thanks to the wonderful lecturers, who participated with full engagement. We are especially pleased, that you followed with interest our special online training program for lecturers about the topics privacy, facilitation, and protection from discrimination in online teaching.

Many thanks also to all the 180 participants for active participation, discussions, comments and criticism, networking and collegiality!
We as organizers have again learnt much about a reasonable design of the Summer University. Some courses with huge practical parts are difficult to realize online. At the same time we will support the wish of those participants, who for different reasons, would never have been able to travel to Bremen. In future, we will arrange weeks with online teaching as well as physical courses in Bremen. Hopefully, both the plans will be realized next year already!

But we miss you all – lecturers and participants – on place in Bremen. No cafeteria, no field trips, no guests. Next year, the 25th Informatica Feminale will be organized – a good reason to celebrate a “real” party.

We invite you all to partcipate and look forward to welcoming you next summer in Bremen!

Greetings
Henrike Illig, Isabel Matthias, Veronika Oechtering