VDE MINT AKADEMY – future mobility

Mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology (MINT) are exciting professional fields with excellent prospects for highly qualified engineers. Nevertheless, there are still too few women pursuing a scientific MINT career. Within the framework of the 'VDE MINT Academy' project, the VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies is committed to promoting female scientists in academia and industry who deal with the technology- and socio-politically relevant topic of mobility of the future. The main target group is young female scientists who are in their qualification phase on the one hand and for whom family aspects are becoming increasingly important on the other.

The VDE MINT Academy pursues the goal of counteracting the lack of skilled workers in MINT. At the VDE MINT Akademie young women scientists develop innovative and sustainable concepts for the mobility of the future. An online dialogue will be offered in March 2013. A nationwide MINT specialist symposium will be held in Munich from 9 to 12 October 2013. On the interdisciplinary online platform, experts will exchange views on both technical concepts for the mobility of the future and non-technical aspects such as career opportunities or ways to reconcile family and work. The topics of the VDE MINT Academy include electrical and information technology developments and interdisciplinary traffic and mobility strategies. Electromobility, the city of the future, Web2.0 + mobility as well as mobile communication and traffic are selected key topics. In addition to invited lectures, a call for papers will be published in early 2013. Interested female scientists can contribute their own projects to the Academy.

The Institute for Innovation and Technology (iit) in the VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH (VDI/VDE-IT) is involved in this project as a subcontractor. In advising and supporting the VDE project team, the iit project "mst|femNet meets Nano and Optics. Nationwide Girls' Technology Talent Forums in MINT - mäta." resulting experiences and gender expertise and can be used for the success of this new project.


September 2012 until December 2013


German Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies (VDE), funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the National Pact for Women in MINT Professions