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Conference "Learning from Africa: Equal opportunities for women in academia"

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In Africa, equality has found differing paths than in Germany, since women in academia seem to be well-represented even without female quotas. The conference seeks to discuss the applicability of strategies to facilitate the access and continuance of women in academia – in Germany as well as in Africa. It also seeks to create and support international networks.

Our expert speakers offer an encompassing view on the opportunities of female scientists in various stages of their careers. The focus is put on the discussion of their experiences and insights. The invited speakers are researchers from South Africa, Ghana and Nigeria, together with German experts in career planning and equal opportunities. The conference concludes with a public panel discussion in the town centre of Potsdam on which the findings are presented to a wider public.

In order to offer a relaxing atmosphere for continuing exchange among the conference participants, there will be a Cameroonian buffet (day 1), a conference dinner (day 2) and a boat trip (day 3).

  • conference date: 28-29 October 2019
  • venue: University o Potsdam, Campus Neues Palais, building 9, room 1.12
  • public panel discussion: 30 October 2019
  • venue: Potsdam town centre, Wissenschaftsetage, room 4.24a/b
  • Download: preliminary conference program (pdf)

The conference is a joint event of the Department of English and American Studies, Chair Development and Variation of the English Language (Prof. Hans-Georg Wolf) and the Coordination Office for Equal Opportunities of Potsdam University.

Preliminary conference program

Monday, 28 October 2019:
08.30-09.30 Registration Building 9, Room 1.12
09.30-10.00 Conference opening:
Anna Finzel - Department of English and American Studies (UP)

Words of welcome:
Oliver Günther - President (UP)
Hans-Georg Wolf - Dean of the Faculty of Arts (UP)
Building 9, Room 1.12
10.00-11.30 Keynote:
Susan Coetzee-Van Rooy (North-West University/South Africa)
Building 9, Room 1.12
11.30-12.00 Coffee break Building 8, Foyer
14.30-16.00 Pheladi Fakude (North-West University/South Africa) Building 9, Room 1.12
16.00-16.30 Coffee break Building 8, Foyer
16.30-18.00 Heike Küchmeister - Potsdam Graduate School (UP)
Christina Wolff - Central Gender Equality Officer (UP)
Building 9, Room 1.12
18.00+ Cameroonian buffet Building 8, Foyer
Tuesday, 29 October 2019:
09.30-11.00 Keynote:
Jemima Akosua Anderson (University of Ghana, Legon)
Building 9, Room 1.12
11.00-11.30 Coffee break Building 8, Foyer
11.30-13.00 Kave Bulambo - Founder of My Career Path, Berlin Building 9, Room 1.12
13.00-14.00 Lunch break Building 8, Foyer
14.00-15.30 Cecilia Ibitoye (Lagos State University/Nigeria) Building 9, Room 1.12
15.30-16.00 Coffee break Building 8, Foyer
16.00-17.30 Grace Nana Aba Dawson-Ahmoah (University of Ghana, Legon) Building 9, Room 1.12
18.00+ Conference dinner (Potsdam town centre) N.N.
Wednesday, 30 October 2019:
11.00-12.30 Boat trip Lange Brücke, Potsdam
17.00-19.00 Public panel discussion with the conference speakers Potsdam Town centre
WIS 4.24a and 4.24b

Organisation: Anna Finzel, M.A.


Campus Am Neuen Palais
Am Neuen Palais 10
Building 19, Room 4.32
14469 Potsdam


By appointment