MS-GWaves MINT Girls' Camp

In cooperation with the MINT-EC association MS-GWaves provided for 10 girls the opportunity to learn abour research on gravity waves.

Besides learning basics about atmospheric sciences – with focus on gravity waves, and basics on python, they had a comprehensive program. They launched radiosondes (where even the NDR television made a contribution) and made an evaluation afterwards where they gained more insight into the structure of the atmospere. A DLR School lab on flight campaigns took place, again with data evaluations afterwards.  The girls have visited the local lidar and radar and rocket laboratories at IAP, furthermore a research plane and the German Space Operation Center at DLR. Presentations were shown where the girls gained an insight on the daily work from the female colleagues, Role model discussions took place, e.g. with Prof. Stolle, the Chief of IAP, group leaders Dr. Hella Garny and Dr. Nathalie Kaifler from DLR, and more female colleagues from IAP and DLR. The girls learned about the careersteps of the female scientists, how they experienced the reconcilability of family and career, and in general a career as a woman in natural sciences. All in all, students have been highly motivated for our research topic and were brought one important step further to studying natural sciences.

Equal Opportunitiy Activities

Within the Equal Opportunity funding various measures have been performed:

  • Role models: Two successful international female scientists have been invited to each workshop to give besides a scientific keynote presentation a talk about their research and describable crucial steps in their career. An exchange with the ECS has taken place on milestones in their career, especially from the female point of view, and on reconcilability of family and working life. In the frame of the 2nd YSM Bodo Ahrens (GU-F) has led a gender/career discussion, talking about his experiences with balancing family and scientific career.
  • Gender and diversity awareness training have been performed with the PIs and the ECS
  • Trainings on speaking practice, presentation and self esteem have been performed
  • Mentoring Stays: Several international mentoring stays have been funded where female ECS visited successful international female scientists, building a mentoring relation and establishing a network.
  • Family support has been provided for ECS parents.
  • MINT-EC Girls' Camp: To motivate female pupils for a study of natural sciences, a one week Girls’ Camp has been carried out with cooperation of the MINT EC Association. Ten Upper School Girls have been invited to the partner institutions IAP Kühlungsborn and DLR Oberpfaffenhofen. More about the Camp
  • Comic book on role models: The closely related DFG funded Transregio Waves To Weather organised several stories about the career steps and balance of family and work of succesful female and male scientists within two comic books: MS-GWaves scientists gave interviews as well. MS-GWaves we supported the distribution to schools and institutes.

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