Who we are and what we do

The KIT Women Professors Forum was established in 2021 by women faculty to highlight the presence of women at the University and to ally for a broad spectrum of joint interests. We welcome women professors of all ranks as members. As a network of women professors at KIT we pursue the following aims:

  • VISIBILITY: We enhance visibility of women professors
  • SUPPORT: We offer a peer support network, especially also for junior women professors and listen to their needs, issues, and concerns
  • PARTICIPATION: We boost participation of women professors through i) information sharing, ii) participation in organizational decision making, iii) enhance process understanding, iv) contributions to relevant committees
  • NETWORK: We connect with national and international WPF networks and similar initiatives
  • GOVERNANCE: We act as a sounding board and voice to women professors at KIT towards governance bodies and assume a diversity advisory function
  • CONTRIBUTION: We provide a significant contribution to enhance research excellence and innovation at KIT through gender diversity and transparency
  • CELEBRATION: We celebrate diversity as its recognition proves to raise satisfaction for all. We create occasions to share and have fun!

Find more information in our flyer.


General Assembly 2024

On January 16, 2024 we have our general assembly 2024. Members, and prospective members please feel free to join!

Harald Perten Prize

Katharina Scherf gets further international recognition with the Harald Perten Prize from the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology in 2022. Furthermore, in 2023 she got elected as Bread senator by the Association of German Industrial Bakeries.

One of the 20 most inspiring!

We congratulate Jivka Ovtcharova who was declared one of the 20 Most Inspiring Women Leaders 2023 in the magazine "THE WOMEN LEADERS"!

ERC Starting Grant

We congratulate Katharina Scherf for winning a ERC Starting Grant awarded by the EU. In her project "GLUTENOMICS - Tracking gluten immunoreactive peptides from the grain to the gut and beyond" she studies how protein structures of wheat impact digestibility.

General Assembly 2023

On February 6, 2023 we have our general assembly 2023. Members, and prospective members please feel free to join! Information and more ...

Landesforschungspreis BW 2022

We congratulate Anke-Susanne Müller for winning the Landesforschungspreis Baden-Württemberg 2022, the most highly endowed award of a federal state. This is in recognition of her basic research for redesigning and revolutionising particle accelerators.