The Cottbus-born researcher received the letter of decision about the funding in the COVID-19-induced home office with her kids in the background: »As a result of my experience with the challenges of combining family and career, I am able to create an attractive research group for young women. My husband and I completed our doctorate at the same time and founded our family during this time. We are both employed and combine this with our children aged six and nine to our complete satisfaction«,.« Stefanie Schwaar emphasizes.
The Fraunhofer ITWM offers the optimal conditions for families: a day-care center at the institute, a child-friendly office for care shortages and flexible working hours. With a share of 50 percent of female employeest the department of Financial Mathematics stands out already. Eventhe being female. before Corona, Mrs Schwaar stated: »Newworking from home was accessible communication channels and digital tools that enable employees to take part in meetings from home, make life easier for me and many of my colleagues«.
Regional, National and International Support
These digital communication channels such as video meetings, etc., will certainly also be used frequently in the project, as the network is broadly based: The administration of the University of Kaiserslautern supports EP-KI in administrative questions and as a data supplier. KL.digital, a SME that promotes the digitalization of the city and city administration of Kaiserslautern, enables the developed solutions to be tested locally in a practical environment. The company Governikus KG, with its experience in the field of digitalization of public administration, helps to identify issues. The company proALPHA Businesssolution GmbH is on board as a local company producing software for data management in companies.
The group is scientifically supported by Prof. Dr. Korn (TU Kaiserslautern), Prof. Dr. Ghose (TU Kaiserslautern) and advised by Dr. Killick (Lancaster University) and Prof. Dr. Kirch (Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg). The promotion of female scientists from the group also includes a mentoring programme at the TU Kaiserslautern as well as further education measures by the ITWM, the Young Scientists' Ring of the TUK and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.
The funding code of the project is 01IS20061.