Who is a great scientist? Wetoo and other ideas to improve our lives in academia and outside

If you ask a child to draw a scientist, they will usually draw a white man. Is it true that scientists are only white men? Somehow yes, still. Data show that after PhD level, the number of men continuing in academia is becoming larger and larger than the number of women.

Why is it so? What are the main reasons behind this status-quo? The Wetoo documentary asks female scientists at different career stages what they think about this and how they live the situation from the inside. But women are not the only ones excluded. What about all groups not belonging to heterosexual white men?

We will discuss all this with you and our speakers in our get together on the 05 May 2023, from 16:30 to 19:00 in Room S01, Seminargebaüde (106), Universitätsstraße 37, 50931 Köln


16:30 – 16:35: Introduction (Dr. Claudia Acquistapace) 

16:35 – 17:00: Projection of the video “Wetoo: what they don’t tell you” and brief collection of impressions. (moderating Dr. Anna Werma)

17:00 – 17:30: “It’s a long way to the top (if you wanna do Science). Gender and Career in STEMM fields” – Presentation from Dr. Francesca Crivellaro

17:30 – 17:45: Q/A (moderating Dr. Anna Werma)

17:45 – 18:00: Distant no more – Presentation from Dr. Dirk Schulz.

18:00 – 19:00: Open discussion, questions, opinions, round table (moderating Dr. Anna Werma). 

Come and join our lively discussion to share your opinion and ideas! We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Event attendees:

Dr. Francesca Crivellaro, invited speaker, Adjunct Professor at the Department of Education Studies, Department of Education Studies “Giovanni Maria Bertin, University of Bologna.

Dr. Dirk Schulz, invited speaker, Managing Director of GeStiK – Gender Studies in Cologne, GeStiK – Gender Studies in Cologne, University of Cologne,

Dr. Anna Katrin-Schmidt Verma, moderator, Doctor in inorganic chemistry, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Cologne

Dr. Claudia Acquistapace, round panelist, Junior research group Leader, Institute for geophysics and meteorology, University of Cologne

Dr. Hajar Maleki, Group leader at Institute of inorganic chemistry and associated group leader at CMMC, DFG, University of Cologne.


05/05/2023, from 16:30 to 19:00


Room S01, Seminargebaüde (106), Universitätsstraße 37, 50931 Köln

Organizing institutions:

University of Cologne (https://portal.uni-koeln.de/en/uoc-home)

Forum Accademico Italiano (https://fai.science/)

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