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Networking for Female Scientists

In previous decades, several strategies to empower more women to pursue an academic career have been employed. Seeing more women in leading positions gives young female scientists the role models they need, because "you can’t be what you can't see" (Marian Wright Edelman).

Still, the distribution of positions in academia is nowhere near equal for all genders as well as different ethnic groups that are represented in our society. A lot more needs to be done towards equality in academia.

To overcome remaining inequalities in academia, we need to be aware of the tools that help boost our own career. Networking is one of those tools. Indeed, it is often referred to as the most effective career building tool. Studies show that 70% to 90% of satisfying positions inside and outside of academia are found through proper self-promotion and networking. 

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  • mindmapping

  • theoretical input 

  • group- and individual work 

  • peer-to-peer feedback 

  • discussion in plenum

Female scientists at various interfaces in their careers

(Doctoral candidates, postdocs, group leaders, junior professors)

Target Group

In principle, all my workshop formats use interactive, experience-based learning. I employ the following methods:


  • discuss the relevance of self-marketing and networking in relation to their own professional and personal development

  • sharpen their personal profile and work out their individual core skills and qualities, suppor-ted by self-reflection and feedback 

  • visualize their current network

  • learn how to increase their visibility by profiling and positioning themselves

  • receive differentiated and hands-on suggestions for strategic networking in concrete situations

  • gain more confidence for their future networking activities

  • optional: learn strategies for digital networking in social media  

In this workshop, female scientists will 

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