FemChem 5th Annual Meeting

5th Annual Meeting

 November 24, 2020

AS WITH SO MANY THINGS this year, FemChem had to adapt its annual meeting and bring it into the virtual world. The 5th FemChem Annual Meeting took place via Zoom, on November 24, 2020. 

After a short welcome and introduction of FemChem’s chair, Bettina Mihalyi, Dean of the Faculty, Prof. Marko Mihovilovic gave the audience an overview of the current status and numbers of women within the Faculty of Technical Chemistry at TU Wien. He also presented an outlook to the progress he would like to see within the Faculty for the advancement of women.

The audience could also raise a (virtual) glass to acknowledge that there are now three women among the curia of professors, two of which were assigned in 2020:  Associate Prof. Golta Khatibi, and Univ.Prof. Martina Marchetti-Deschmann! They joined Univ.Prof. Ruth Birner-Grünberger, who was already appointed in 2019.

In the following, the four teams within FemChem (Networking, Communication & Information, Competence Enhancement, Identity & Diversity) gave a summary of their activities and the projects each has fulfilled and what is planned for next year.

This Session was followed by parallel Breakout-sessions, during which the participants of the Annual Meeting could join a room for each team. There, they had a chance to get to know how FemChem works within the teams, as well as chatting with the team members.

The former Dean of the Faculty of Technical Chemistry, Herbert Danninger, also attended the Annual Meeting and participated in the discussions within the Breakout-rooms. We would like to greatly thank him for his open ear and great inputs.

For the second part of the event, the authors of the three sub-studies on the Situation of young scientists at the Faculty of Technical Chemistry presented a short summary of their work, concluded by a moderated discussion, chaired by Anne Kasper-Giebl. For more details, please refer to the article on the study on page 12 of this newsletter.

We would like to thank all the participants of the 5th FemChem Annual Meeting for their time and input. Even though being virtually, we enjoyed getting back together with you for interesting presentations and discussions. Hopefully, 2021 will allow us to meet again without computer screens in between us.