The following information can be found on our team site.

The main ambition of the Competence Enhancement Team is to enable female researchers at the Faculty of Technical Chemistry by enhancing and sharing specific extracurricular knowledge. Each year we organize 3-4 free of charge seminars in English and German with highly qualified trainers, that are custom-built for female researchers associated to TU Wien.

A survey among women of different research groups showed, that there’s high interest in additional hard and soft skill courses. Hence, with our program we focus on an equal balance of hard skills (trainings in programs like Origin, Python, etc.) AND soft skills required in leadership and industry (rhetorical skills, project management, etc.) and the transition from university to industry (job application training for chemists).

Finally, it is our goal to connect female scientists at the TU with our courses and to motivate them to share their knowledge and benefit from each other. Therefore, together with the Identity & Diversity Team we organize a Running Training once a week from spring to autumn and successfully took part as a team in the Frauenlauf 2021 on October 5th and reached the 5th place! 


Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Courses 2023

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Board Larissa Ruppitsch (speaker)

PhD student @ the Institute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry

Larissa studied Technical Chemistry specializing in synthetic and polymer chemistry. She is currently pursuing her PhD-thesis in developing novel recyclable materials for 3D-printing applications. 

contact: Antonella Fantoni

PhD student @ the Institute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry

Antonella studied Technical Chemistry and is currently working as a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Robert Liska, Prof. Aleksander Ovsianikov and Dr. Stefan Baudis. Her focus lies on the development of dynamic biomaterials for retinal regeneration.

contact: Anna Schmidbauer

PhD student @ the Institute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry

Focusing on polymers and biomaterials in her master’s program, Anna is currently a PhD student working on improved biointegration of patient-specific artificial bone implants. Her work is part of the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Advanced Polymers for Biomaterials and 3D Printing.


Members Katharina Ehrmann, MSc

Postdoctoral researcher @ the Institute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry

Katharina is working in the research group of Polymer Chemistry and Technology (Prof Liska), and her research focuses on photopolymers, additive manufacturing and self-strengthening materials.

contact: Tina Gurmann

PhD student @ the Institute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry

Tina is currently working on her PhD thesis in the Research Group Polymer Chemistry and Technology under supervision of Prof. Robert Liska and Dr. Stefan Baudis. As her interest in biomaterials was already aroused during her master studies, she continued her research in this field with the investigation of 3D-printable polymeric materials for bone regeneration.

contact: Simone Knaus

Professor @ the Institute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry

More information on her current research is coming soon!

contact: Danijela Kojic

PhD student @ the Institute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry

Danijela received her master’s degree in Technical Chemistry and specialized in synthetic and polymer chemistry in the research group of Prof. Liska. Currently she is working on her PhD-thesis in the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Advanced Polymers for Biomaterials and 3D Printing on the development of biomaterials and bone adhesives.

contact: Bianca Mikulasek

PhD student @ the Institute of Chemical, Environmental and Bioscience Engineering

Bianca holds a master’s degree in biotechnology. In her PhD she focuses on transfer learning methods for process analytical technology.

contact: Katharina Schlögl

PhD student @ the Institute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry

Katharina is currently doing her PhD in organic synthetic chemistry in the bioorganic synthethic chemistry group. Her main research field is medicinal chemistry, synthezising tool compounds like photoswitches for the investigation of monoamine neurotransmitter transporters and G-quadruplex DNA.

contact: Bettina Semler

PhD student @ the Institute of Chemical, Environmental and Bioscience Engineering

Bettina is doing her PhD in the research area of bioprocess technology. In her research she is focusing on the sustainable production of valuable products like palm oil derivates.

contact: Miriam Zintl

PhD student @ the Institute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry

Miriam studied Chemistry and Technology of Materials and now pursues her PhD in the field of biomaterials for medical applications. She works together with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute to develop PVA-based materials for hemostasis. 


Previous Events

This section should give you an overview on successful events from the last years. The number of seminars and courses mentioned here, is by any means complete. For more detailed reports and summaries of our workshop portfolio please check out our annual newsletters of previous years!

Seminar on “Use your voice” – with Heilwig Pfanzelter

It is a matter of fact, that female speakers are prone to be perceived “less” serious than male ones due to their way of speaking. Therefore, the CE team organized a seminar with the experienced trainer and former moderator Heilwig Pfanzelter, designed especially for the FemChem community. Within the motto “Persönlichkeit ist hörbar”, the seminar focused on voice, body language, breathing, speed, and speaking breaks. At the end of this seminar, all participants had the opportunity to film themselves while speaking and receive a first hand feedback from our trainer. 

Workshop “Origin Pro”

The CE team organized an entry and advanced level ORIGIN PRO course for female AND male scientists. The experienced trainer Markus Höhner gave a short introduction into the basics of this software, followed by specific examples designed for our FemChem community. All participants were encouraged to bring their work-data to this workshop to get tailored feedback, and a lot of participants happily took that opportunity.

Fit for Data Evaluation – a workshop on Statistics

Another course that needs to be mentioned was the one on improving statistical data analysis during the evaluation process of scientific work (big data for publications, papers, thesis, etc.). This course was offered to Master-, PhD-students , and PostDocs of all gender. During the course topics like different types of statistical tests, various methods of plotting, helpful input and practical exercises on real scientific data as well as the evaluation with standard software were discussed.