Specialist for bioglasses, glass ceramics and cement with bioactive properties
The interesting part of this job is working on a variety of projects in a multidisciplinary environment and applying a variety of techniques with the goal of solving a material-related problem. My early inspiration was my aunt, a professor who taught me how to use the scientific methodology during my senior thesis in high school. Later, my advisors for my bachelor's degree in biomaterials, both women, motivated me by supporting my research and offering their time and commitment along with their expertise in the field.
To attract more women to research, I believe that broader representation in science is needed, for example, in scientific brochures, school visits, and social media. This representation varies by culture and country. However, role models and/or representation of women in nontraditional careers would help motivate young women to pursue different careers."
Team Leader Biomaterials
It's never boring, there's always something new to discover and the opportunity to develop every day. How to inspire more women to go into research? Good question. I think just do it. Studying science is very time-consuming, but if you have fun doing it and have a goal in mind, the time goes by very quickly."
Group Manager Lithium-Ion Technology
My interest in chemistry began in high school – my chemistry teacher sang the periodic table in class – and it has continued to this day. I was fortunate to have many teachers/professors who found ways to spark my interest and push me to excel.
We can spark students' interest in batteries and electrochemistry by giving them opportunities to work on innovative research projects early in their studies. Then it's important to continue to inspire and support those people."
Expert for particulate systems and inorganic coatings
What I find particularly exciting about it is the interdisciplinarity. We work with a wide variety of materials for a wide variety of applications. For example, we have particle-based anti-dust coatings for photovoltaic systems, but at the same time these can also be used as anti-reflective coatings for windows. Another plus in research is the collaboration with female researchers around the world.
As a chemist, my doctorate was part of my education. During that time, I realized how much I enjoy developing new materials and working in international teams.
I think it is important for women to exchange ideas and support each other more. Mentoring programs can make an important contribution here. The compatibility of family and career is also an important pillar to support women in this decision. Personally, the support from my superiors and also the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's Talentaprogram helped me a lot."