Activities within W2W
The following Equal Opportunity measures have been implemented within W2W:
Childcare has been organized during the Kick-off meeting of W2W (Nov. 10-12th, 2015) for three children of PIs. The small group (children and staff) explored the playgrounds and parks in the surrounding of the meeting venue and even attended a lantern procession on St Martin's day. Childcare has been organized during the 2nd Annual Meeting of W2W (Nov. 8-11th, 2016). The care has been excellent and included spending time outside and visiting playgrounds nearby the venue. Childcare has also been organized during the 4th Annual Meeting of W2W (Nov. 12-14th, 2018). The little group walked in the park facing the venue and took part in the guided tour of Landau, together with the meeting's participants. Childcare has been organized during the 19th Cyclone Workshop (Sep. 29-Oct. 4th, 2019). The care was excellent and featured feeding the ducks, watching excavators working at the venue, walking in the nearby village, and making colorful drawings on flipcharts.
2. Student assistants
Student assistants have been hired to support W2W researchers with young children.
3. Outreach activities
- Girls' Day 2016 has been organized by W2W people at the three main sites (LMU-Munich, KIT-Karlsruhe and JGU-Mainz) for school girls between 10 and 15 years old. The event featured hands-on activities, visits of the institutes and scientific presentations about weather phenomena. More information can be found here.
- Girls' Day 2017 has been organized by W2W people at the different partner institutions. School girls between 11 and 15 years old learned about meteorology, weather forecast and instruments with hands-on activities and short presentations. They also had a chance to talk to researchers about studying mathematics and physics, studying abroad and the everyday life at the institute. More information can be found here.
- Corinna Hoose gave in interview in MINT on April 12th 2017. Read the interview in German here.
- The promotion of equal opportunity within W2W was presented at the European Geophysical Union in Vienna (Austria) on April 28th 2017. More information can be found here.
- Mädchen machen Technik has been organized at the LMU-Munich from September 5th-6th 2017 for school girls between 12 and 14 years old. More information can be found here.
- Girls' Day 2018 has been organized by W2W researchers at the partner institutions (LMU-Munich, KIT-Karlsruhe, JGU-Mainz and HITS-Heidelberg) for school girls between 12 and 17 years old. They learned about meteorology, weather forecasting and climate with hands-on activities and short presentations. They also talked to researchers about studying mathematics and physics and about the everyday life at a research institute. More information can be found here.
- Mädchen machen Technik has been organized at the LMU-Munich on September 3rd-4th 2018 for school girls between 12 and 14 years old. More information can be found here.
- Girls' Day 2019 has been organized by W2W researchers at the partner institutions (LMU-Munich, JGU-Mainz) for school girls. More information can be found here.
- Mädchen machen Technik has been organized at the LMU-Munich from September 4th-5th 2019 for school girls between 12 and 14 years old. More information can be found here.
- Girls' Day 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID19. More information can be found here.
- Mädchen machen Meteorologie has been cancelled due to COVID19. More information can be found here.
School girls are invited for internships to the W2W partner institutes to experience research in meteorology close up. For instance in Munich, a one-week internship was offered to two school girls of age 16 and 17 from 24-28 February 2020. They were supervised by different scientists at the institute, some working in the field of experimental meteorology, the others working in theoretical meteorology. They gained insight into the everyday life at the research institute by, e.g, programming, analyzing data, writing reports, and presenting results.
5. Role models
- Hella Garny (DLR) has been invited to the 3rd ECS meeting (on April 4th 2017) to talk about the delicate balance between her scientific career and her personal life. As a successful scientist with small children, she is a role model for ECS in W2W.
- W2W strives to invite reknown international female scientists as keynote speakers at the W2W Annual Meetings (more information here).
- In 2020 a comic book featuring eight illustrated portraits of inspiring female and male scientists in W2W and in other research programs has been produced and distributed. To learn more about it, click here.
- A showing of the film "Picture a Scientist" was organized for the whole W2W community between 20-23 December 2020.
Individual coaching for W2W early career female scientists at the three main locations has been arranged, either towards the end of their PhD or before applying for prestigious grants.
With the support of the partner universities, a workshop on unconscious bias has been organized at the kick-off meeting of W2W (Phase 2) on November 6th 2019. The workshop raised awareness about unconscious bias in academia and the participants gained insights into recognizing these biases and ways to avoid them. Groups discussions have proven a very efficient and frienldy way to share experience and best practice.
8. Home office
Limited office supplies to help improving the work-life balance and to enhance flexibility of the working environment of a W2W scientist in maternity leave have been funded.