Every year in October, projects and topics related to MINT and girls and young women are the focus of zdi.NRW. It's been a busy month on national networks and social media.
In the zdi Heroine October we introduce girls and women from the MINT sector who shared their personal experiences and impressions about MINT with us. These zdi heroines represent the diversity of MINT women and show girls and young women interested in MINT potential areas of activity. We are always looking for zdi heroines – feel free to talk to us!
Would you like to support young female talent in the MINT sector with your company, network or as an individual? Then talk to us, we will be happy to advise you! Here you will find our contact persons.
On the zdi community platform you will also find useful templates that you are welcome to use and current information about Heroine October!
Here you will find articles about our zdi heroines throughout the year:
In the Under the Magnifying Glass article for the zdi Heroines October, we shed light on why the perspectives of women in MINT are so important and what role they play in the zdi community.
On October 26th, the zdi girls camp took place for the second time at the highlight of this year's Heroine October. At the girls' camp, the community can show what it has to offer in terms of STEM girls' work. The offers are also put to the test: What are young people - especially girls - really interested in and how can enthusiasm for technology be aroused? In over 13 workshops, students from the Gütersloh district were able to try out MINT educational opportunities together, examine them closely and give feedback.
In an interview we were able to talk to Gesche Neusel and Juliane Orth from the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences about what makes technology interesting for girls. Personal experiences in the MINT area also came into play and the importance of dealing openly with mistakes.
Phyllis Ndugire was already enthusiastic about engineering at the age of six, is now doing her doctorate at the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences and heads the zdi center cleverMINT, which is affiliated with the university. In the zdi heroine portrait, we shed light on her career and the importance of strong women's networks.
In the interview we spoke to Carmen Köhler about her path from the hairdressing salon to MINT research and about the challenges we will have to face in the future on Earth and Mars.
zdi heroines October 2023
In the Heroine October 2023, the MINT role models have one thing in common: an exciting CV - and of course a passion for extracurricular MINT education! Also on the zdi annual theme Sustainable energy management the zdi heroines have their say: On the zdi portal, on the zdi community platform and on ours Social media channels!
zdi girls camp 2023
The highlight of the zdi heroines October was once again the zdi girls camp. This time it took place at the Schloss-Holte-Stukenbrock comprehensive school in the Gütersloh district. In over 13 workshops, students were able to try out, examine and give feedback on STEM educational offerings. Parents also played a role at the zdi girls' camp because they are important partners and role models when it comes to young people's career and study choices. Parents should therefore also be sensitized to cliché-free career and study orientation in a workshop supervised by the zdi state office (LGS) - just like a group of students who also took part in a workshop held by the zdi-LGS in collaboration with the municipal coordination office Workshop to discuss gender stereotypes in the professional world. After the evaluation, you will find out which methods we can particularly recommend for cliché-free career and study orientation.
Portraits of STEM women
“Technology journalism for everyone” is the motto of the research project “Electrical engineering instead of BibisBeautyPalace“. The project was carried out at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences under the direction of Prof. Dr. Susanne Keil performed. We have already reported on the project and the resulting guidelines here on the zdi portal. You can read the whole portrait here.
Phyllis Ndugire was already enthusiastic about engineering at the age of six. She is now doing her doctorate at the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences and heads the university's affiliated department zdi center cleverMINT. In zdi heroine portrait Let's shed light on her career and the importance of strong women's networks. You can read the whole portrait here.
In the zdi Heroine October interview we spoke to Carmen Köhler. Her CV is anything but boring: She is a trained hairdresser whose passion for mathematics led her to a doctorate in physics. Today she conducts research at the Basque Center for Climate Change on the interrelationships between humans, society and natural systems, conducts research for future Mars missions as an analog astronaut and founded a company for weather and earth observation data services, P3R GmbH. You can find out why this actually applies in this case Post .
In this Heroine October, we would like to focus on women from the MINT community who make a very special contribution to MINT education in NRW. We would like to start with Karin Ressel, head of the Minden-Lübbecke Technology Center. We visited them in their technical center in August. “Your” technical center? You can find out why this actually applies in this case Post .
zdi heroines October 2022
The heroines October 2022 is under the zdi annual motto trap | Reduce | Recycle – Make new from old! In interviews, portraits and polaroids on the zdi portal and on ours Social media channels we let MINT women have their say who are committed to sustainability and environmental protection or who talk about their careers in the MINT field.
zdi girls camp
How can we get girls interested in STEM (mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology)? What wishes, requirements and ideas does the target group itself have? And why are some sciences more popular with girls than others? The first zdi girls' camp in Frechen on October 28 revolved around these and other questions.
In 11 workshops, around 140 schoolgirls discussed with activists from zdi networks and worked out solutions together. As operators of extracurricular learning locations throughout North Rhine-Westphalia, it is particularly important to them that their courses appeal to girls and young women. The proposed solutions could be implemented directly in practice - for example in test series on the subject of photosynthesis or in the racing simulator.
On the zdi community platform mint-community.de A group was set up in which the participants can continue to work on their ideas and approaches after the event. The complete documentation of the event and evaluation of the results will be published here on zdi-Portal.de in a timely manner.
Portraits of STEM women
If you ask Pia Münstermann how she got to where she is now, her answer sounds quite simple at first: perseverance and diligence! But the will to succeed is not always enough. It also needs outside support. In the zdi heroine portrait, we show Pia Münstermann's path from a student with a great interest in chemistry to becoming a chemical laboratory assistant at the renowned Max Planck Institute for Coal Research.
Since 2003, Monika Lichtinghagen-Wirths has been the managing director of the Bergisches Waste Management Association. Since 2010 she has also been responsible for the project as a project manager :metabolon project, which as an extracurricular place of learning is closely linked to the local zdi networks. In the podcast "It's all happening now - the future of the circular economyIn an interview with podcast host Anja Kuhn, Monika Lichtinghagen-Wirths provides information on current topics in the circular economy, explains terms such as "circular value creation" and goes into the work of the Leppe landfill.
Sentences like "Computer science isn't for girls!" are not just nonsense. In view of the STEM skills shortage, this attitude is even problematic. It has long been clear that women in technical professions can also stand up for themselves. One of these women is Sophie Charlotte Keunecke. She programmed her first robot at the age of twelve and is now a doctoral student at the Institute for Transmission Technology, Machine Dynamics and Robotics at RWTH Aachen University. The 26-year-old has specialized in robotics and conducts research in the field of automation technology.
Nina Woicke is a process engineering engineer, freelance consultant and product developer. She is passionate about very special plastics and their practical applications. Which plastics are involved? why Plastic per se is not "evil" and like Nina Woicke came to study engineering - she discussed this with Sandra Fleckenstein in the #ResearchersFriday Podcast spoken.
zdi heroines October 2021
In 2021 we will declare October again zdi heroines month, this time with a focus on female entrepreneurs and founders from the skilled trades, digital sector and clothing industry.
For a month, the STEM community will highlight the gender-sensitive Course offers the zdi networks and zdi school labs. In the Social media we let a large number of MINT women have their say and show every day how exciting and multifaceted MINT professions and study subjects are for girls. At the same time we would like to enable the NRW and nationwide exchange and organize one symposium, where representatives from business, science and politics can exchange ideas with schoolchildren and MINT actors.
MINT women in the company
Barbara Hagedorn is an entrepreneur and, together with her husband Thomas, runs the Hagedorn group of companies, one of the largest demolition companies in the world and all-round service provider in the areas of demolition, disposal, civil engineering and land revitalization. She describes herself as a mother, managing director, front woman, controlled whirlwind, communicative, honest, warm and committed. zdi.NRW met Barbara Hagedorn for an interview and talked to her about women in the construction industry, entrepreneurial independence and female recruiting.
Zerrin Börcek is the founder of the fe: male innovation hub. As a STEM enthusiast and zdi heroine, she has set herself the goal of getting girls and young women interested in STEM subjects. She is 41 years old and graduated from the RWTH Aachen Technical Communication with communication sciences and computer science. On the occasion of the zdi heroines October, we spoke to her about how more young women can be prepared for self-employment in the digital economy and which traditional thought structures they have to struggle with. Her credo: learn to face prejudices with acceptance and just get started!
How is a sweater actually made? What is a patch made of? And what does a bicycle have to do with textiles? Anna Burst (textile engineer) and Victoria Gebhart (design engineer), both active at FEMNET, talk about their way to the job. The interview is provided by the editors of lizzynet.de available on the occasion of the zdi heroines October.
A metallic click, then the gate to the courtyard of the Master roofer company Meusch in Bergheim. What at first glance looks like a normal semi-detached house in the city of 60.000 is home to a traditional business that has been family-owned for four generations and is now run by a woman: Marion Meissner...On the occasion of the zdi-Helden-October we have Marion Meissner in Bergheim and talked to her about the hurdles for women in the trades, her calling and the way to entrepreneurial independence.
Fachtag 3malM Girls like STEM!
"Girls like STEM": There are too few girls and women in MINT professions. Not news, but a growing concern given the STEM skills gap has risen to around 262.000 people. In order to draw attention to the urgent topic, zdi.NRW created the zdi heroines October. This year, too, the community in NRW dealt intensively with the question of why girls and women are less likely to choose a STEM career and what can be done about it. A highlight of this year: the first zdi specialist day "Girls like MINT", which gave a strong boost to the nationwide exchange.
Find out more about the symposium? To the blog post.
Under the magnifying glass
Women are underrepresented in entrepreneurship. The reasons for this are diverse. Too few role models, difficult access to financing options, unfavorable political framework conditions. But self-employment offers women numerous advantages - also and especially in the STEM field.
zdi heroines October 2020
The October 2020 was once again proclaimed zdi heroines month. This year we are focusing on scientists from NRW who are making the world a little bit better with their research. Once again we are putting the outstanding work of the zdi networks and student laboratories in the spotlight, letting a large number of STEM women have their say in zdi.NRW's social media and showing every day how exciting and multifaceted the STEM field is for girls .
Female scientists in portrait
Invisible, black and extremely attractive - black holes are one of the greatest mysteries of the universe and defy our imagination. dr Silke Britzen from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn has been researching the mysterious objects in the universe for almost twenty years. And was instrumental in the scientific sensation of recent years: the first image of a black hole.
What motivates women to do research? How do you experience working as a scientist? And what advice do you give to young girls who are interested in STEM? zdi.NRW answers these questions during the zdi heroines October by presenting researchers from NRW who can serve as role models for others.
What motivates women to do research? How do you experience working as a scientist? And what advice would you give to young girls who are interested in MINT? zdi.NRW answers these questions during the zdi heroines October by presenting researchers from NRW who can serve as role models for others.
Like many women of her generation, Petra Kleinbongard, who was born in the 1970s, studied biology. She then found her professional destiny in medicine: Today she is deputy head of the Institute for Pathophysiology at the University Hospital in Essen and researches how the heart can be better protected against damage caused by an infarction. And she encourages other young women to venture into the "elbow society" of medicine.
Our zdi networks and zdi school labs have been doing excellent work for girls and MINT for years. We are therefore taking the zdi heroines October as an opportunity to refer to special concepts and approaches. Let's start with these four spotlight stories.
MINT4Girls in the school laboratory
Recommendations for girls & STEM
girls in business
STEM Scholarships for Girls
Under the magnifying glass
57 out of 924 – that’s how many (or few) women have been honored with a Nobel Prize in the past 120 years. A shockingly low rate. A change seems to be on the way this year: a total of three women were honored with the highest scientific award. A reason to take a closer look at the role of women in science.
zdi heroines October 2019
In order to draw attention to the long-standing commitment of the zdi networks in the field of MINT and girls, we at zdi.NRW have proclaimed October zdi heroines month. For one month, the zdi networks will be the focus of attention with an expanded range of courses on topics related to MINT and girls and young women.
A lot will also happen on social media to reach young people with the campaign and encourage their enthusiasm for science and technology. Every day on Instagram we present a zdi heroine who shares personal experiences and impressions from the STEM field.
Our goal is to support girls and young women to be active in the MINT field with confidence and with a lot of joy.
Female Role Models – The Polaroids
You can find them all here Polaroid overview
Under the magnifying glass
In October 2020, the zdi heroines will tell us what it means to be a woman in the STEM field. It is a modern phenomenon that women can make their own decisions about an apprenticeship, a course of study and a career. Last year, zdi.NRW examined the cultural history of women in science to find out why women are still underrepresented in the MINT field.