Women in Science: Progress and Challenges

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Despite progress, women and non-binary people are still underrepresented in science. In 2021, they accounted for only 33.7% of the research and development workforce in the EU. While the participation of women in science and government is higher in Germany, their share in corporate research and development is lower.
Various programs and events aim to increase their representation and we present some of them in this newsletter.

The BAYER Foundation offers fellowships and stipends in the following areas:

o Otto Bayer Fellowships in Drug Discovery
o Carl Duisberg Fellowships for Medical Sciences
o Jeff Schell Fellowships for Agricultural Science
o For Student Teachers & Teachers: The Kurt Hansen Fellowship for STEM-Education
o For Apprentices and Young Professionals:
o For Healthcare Professionals
o For young women in academia with children
o For early career academic researchers

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Research grant “Fraunhofer Attract”

The grant“Fraunhofer Attract”offers outstanding external scientists the opportunity to develop their ideas towards an actual application within an optimally equipped Fraunhofer institute operating close to the market. The scientist will be offered a budget of 2.5 Million Euro over 5 years to lead a group of 3-5 co-workers.

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Konrad Zuse School of Excellence in Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELIZA)

The Konrad Zuse School of Excellence in Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELIZA) is a graduate school in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). ELIZA’s research and training activities focus on four main areas: the basics of machine learning (ML) — including ML-driven fields like computer vision, Natural Language Processing (NLP), or robot learning —, machine learning systems, applications in autonomous systems, as well as trans-disciplinary applications for machine learning in other scientific fields, from life sciences to physics.

o Scholarships for PhD Candidates
o Master’s in AI scholarships for students from underrepresented groups
o ELIZA PhD Program (fully funded PhD)

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This online database is Europe's largest recruitment portal for women scientists. It provides up-to-date scientific profiles of more than 3,000 women experts from all professional fields and disciplines.

/femconsult is offered by the Center of Excellence Women and Science (CEWS).


Crafting your academic career: a strategic guide in four steps

Developing a successful career in academia requires more than just luck. The German Scholars Organization’s (GSO) comprehensive guide offers four key strategies to shape your academic journey. Start by identifying your values, skills and strengths. Then, master the rules of the game and build a meaningful network. This GSO article will empower you with essential pieces of advice that are underlined with videos. Build a strong and flexible career strategy with these insights!


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