Women in Science – 1st Erlangen Symposium

A symposium for and by women  – Registration now open!

Young female scientists of the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy of the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany) invite you to the first “Women in Science” Symposium of the FAU. One of the outstanding characteristics of this symposium, which takes place from the 9th to the 11th december 2018, is that the Organizing Committee consists exclusively of women and only female speakers, selected from an international scientific platform, are invited. In addition to talks from invited speakers, short presentations, flash talks, poster presentations and round table discussions are on the agenda. Interested students and junior scientists can already sign up for participation in the symposium.


Women in Science 1st Erlangen Symposium


An excellent international panel with invited speakers from all over the world (USA, France, Spain, United Kingdom, Marocco, New Zealand, and Germany) is found at the symposium. Up to date, the following female researchers have confirmed their attendance:

  • Prof. Svetlana Tsogoeva (Germany, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)
  • Prof. Janina Maultzsch (Germany, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)
  • Prof. Sabine Maier (Germany, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)
  • Prof. Stefanie Dehnen (Germany, Philipps-Universität Marburg)
  • Prof. Rajaâ Cherkaoui El Moursli (Morocco, Mohammed V University in Rabat)
  • Prof. Penelope Brothers (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
  • Prof. Malika Jeffries-EL (Boston University, USA)
  • Prof. Nancy Goroff (Stony Brook University, USA)
  • Prof. Mar García Hernández (Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales, Madrid, Spain)
  • Dr. Araceli González Campaña (Universidad de Granada, Spain)
  • Prof. Ángela Sastre (Universidad Miguel Hernández, Elche, Spain)
  • Prof. Annick Loiseau (Laboratoire d’Etude des Microstructures, ONERA-CNRS, France)


The invited lecturers gather an amazing number of the most recognized awards at an international level such as: L’Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science, Wöhler Young Scientists Award from the German Chemical Society (GDCh), Research Award from the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie (FCI), ACS Women Chemist Committee Rising Star Award, ACS Award for Creative Research and Applications, National Science Foundation Career Award (USA), 3 x ERC-Starting Grants awarded by the European Research Council, José Barluenga Medal of the Royal Spanish Society of Chemistry, Fulbright Scholar Award,etc.

They also hold positions of high responsibility and leadership in R&D + i projects: Research director at ONERA (French aerospace research centre), Research leader at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research and particle accelerator), President of the Nanoscience and Molecular Material Division of Spanish Royal Chemical society, Project Manager for material-related R&D topics in Corporate Technology (Siemens), Coordinator of Grapheneflagship (the EU’s largest research initiative) and Graphenet projects and Associate Editor at the most prestigious and influencing scientific journals.

With this, we give greater visibility to the important achievements of scientist women. We want to show that despite the difficulties they may have encountered, it is possible to develop an astonishing scientific career and even conciliate a family life. We intend that this symposium is a meeting point that offers the highest scientific quality, debate on the possible problems and alternatives in the chemical sector, as well as give support and advice for young researchers.


The main scientific topics that are going to be addressed are:

  • Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry
  • Material sciences and Organic Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Medicinal Chemistry


In addition to talks form researchers at universities and research centers, women from international peer-review journals and companies are invited, to offer an overview over different career pathways. Furthermore, a representing member of the office for Gender & Diversity of the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg will give a talk about different career pathways and funding possibilities for young female scientists.

The symposium is free of charge, and the discussions and lectures will be given in English.

Further information as well as the registration form can be found at: https://www.w4w.nat.fau.eu/womeninscience_1st-erlangen-symposium

Contact: dcp-womeninscience@fau.de

Dr. M.Eugenia Pérez-Ojeda

Marie Curie Postdoctoral Researcher at Prof. Hirsch Laboratory
Member of the Organising Committee
Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy & Institute of Advanced Materials and Processes (ZMP)

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Nikolaus-Fiebiger-Straße 10
D-91058 Erlangen, Germany

email: eugenia.perez-ojeda@fau.de


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