International Women’s Day 2023

Series of events to celebrate International Women's Day: Career Paths of Strong TUM Women

The 8th of March – International Women’s Day – is an official holiday in 26 countries worldwide. Only slowly, Germany is following suit: Berlin established the day as a statutory holiday in 2019 and Mecklenburg-West Pomerania will do so in 2023. Even if this celebratory day does not happen to be an official holiday in Bavaria, it is a day worth celebrating – so let’s do it together!

All TUM members are cordially invited to join in on a range of events – especially and explicitly our many wonderful TUM women. Our motto this year is “Career Paths of Strong TUM Women” and it is indeed a motto that packs a punch: Meet women who carved their very own path at and through TUM, visit their workspaces, listen to them on the evening panel and feel strengthened, inspired and connected.

With a nod to Equal Pay Day on the 7th of March, there will also be the option to join an online Money Talk, run by a financial advisor specialized in wealth building for women.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you!

Please note that all events are held in German.

This event by UnternehmerTUM may be an alternative for you if you feel more comfortable with English:
March 8, 2023 // 6 pm – 9:30 pm // Let's celebrate International Women's Day with an evening full of inspiring (future) female founders!

1. Campus Walk: Unique Insights Behind the Scenes

TUM women show their workplaces and tell about their careers at TUM

Over 11.000 employees work at TUM: In auditoriums, workshops and research labs. Just as unique as their workplaces are their careers and fields of work.

This guided tour offers an exclusive opportunity to visit several female TUM staff and to get to know their workstations. You will be able have a look behind the scenes of the following spaces (more to come soon):

Date 1 on Main Campus:

  • With Dr.-Ing. Christina Radlbeck: Material Testing Office for Civil Engineering (Chair of Metal Structures)
  • With Dr.rer.nat. Anja Schlicht: Satellite Telescope (Research Institute Satellite Geodesy)
    Betti Heller will provide information about the Earth's gravity field and how it is measured (Chair of Astronomical and Physical Geodesy)
  • Sophie Frizberg and Theresa Kaps: E-Lab of the Student Council of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
  • With Sabine Prucke, Chair of Methods of Signal Processing
  • With Wibke Borngesser and Katrin Schulleri, Institute for Cognitive Systems (ICS)
  • Tour of the "white room" of architecture (more info to follow soon)

Date 2 on Campus Garching:

  • With Katarina Freisleder, University and Student Pastor: Tour of the SpiriTUM (Protestant University Community at TUM)
  • With Jutta Niebauer: Math Exhibition ix-quadrat (a hands-on exhibition that awakens the desire for mathematics and makes hands-on mathematics tangible in the truest sense of the word)
  • With Julia Schulz: Institute for Machine Tools and Industrial Management 
  • With Hanna Krasowski: Introduction to Cyber Physical Systems and current research, Chair of Robotics, AI & Embedded Systems
  • With Alexandra Buchmann: Lab tour and meeting with humanoid robot "LOLA", Chair of Applied Mechanics
  • With Lisa Schick: Chair of Biological Physics and Morphogenesis
  • With Charlotte Janosa: TUM Graduate School

2. Money Talk: Take Charge of your Financial Future

A Beginners Guide to Personal Finance

  • 08.03.23 // 14:00-15:00 // online // Access data will be sent after registration. // Language: German
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    A TUM ID is required for this. You don't have one? No problem, register by mail:

Due to a number of factors – from having a longer life span to gender pay inequality and taking career breaks to raise a family – women are much more likely than men to find themselves financially vulnerable in old age. So it doesn’t help that many of us avoid dealing with our finances.
The current inflation has made the topic more pressing yet, as it has created a big hole in many people’s household budget. What triggered this development, what is happening on the financial markets at the moment and what can we expect in the future? How can we protect our wealth and retirement provisions from inflation? What can we expect from legislature and what can we do individually?

This webinar will be conducted by financial expert Constanze Hintze. She will draw a line from dealing with day-to-day finances to questions of saving and investing and will provide orientation in basic financial matters. Constance Hitze is head of Svea Kuschel + Kolleginnen, specializing in investment and retirement plan consulting for women for 35 year.

Referentin ist Constanze Hintze, Vermögensexpertin, Certified Financial Planner, Buchautorin und Geschäftsführerin von Svea Kuschel + Kolleginnen. Ihr Unternehmen berät seit mehr als 35 Jahren in München, Frankfurt am Main und digital Frauen in der Vermögensanlage und Altersvorsorge. Constanze is involved in the international women's network ZONTA.

3. Panel "Work": Career Paths of Successful Women

Inspirational Career Lounge

  • 08.03.2023 // 17:00-19:00 // Main Campus, Vorhoelzer Forum, Arcisstraße 21 // Language: German
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They have different backgrounds and yet share many similarities: Our panelists have made a name for themselves in male-dominated fields and are therefore representative for many strong women of our time.
This panel discussion provides an opportunity to hear from TUM / MRI alumnae and employees. The speakers will share their experiences as well as insights into their career journeys. You will hear about their studies, their jobs and how they make decisions about the careers.

Welcome Talks:

  • Welcome and opening by Prof. Dr. Claudia Peus, TUM Senior Vice President for Talentmanagement & Diversity
  • A moment’s contemplation with Dr. Eva Sandmann, TUM Gender Equality Officer: What would Simone de Beauvoir tell me as Gender Equality Officer today?



There will be the option to network and mix and mingle (inlcluding foods & drinks) with other TUM women after the panel discussion. Children are welcome at the event; childcare will be provided by the staff of KeCK-Family Services (Klinikum rechts der Isar, TUM).

International Women’s Day explained

Toward the end of the 19th century, calls for a worldwide “women’s fight day” to demand equal working conditions grew louder among women’s rights groups and female labor unions. The first “Women’s Day” was observed on 28 February 1909 across the USA. In the following years, many nations followed; Germany in 1911 after much effort from politician and activist Clara Zetkin. Not much later, 8 March was established as the global date for International Women’s Day.

Nowadays, International Women's Day aims to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world. However, the day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity and hence functions as a day of protest, too. Several million women in over 50 countries participate in International Women’s Day every year.

International Women's Day is an official holiday in 26 countries worldwide. Only slowly, Germany is following suit: Berlin established the day as a statutory holiday in 2019 and Mecklenburg-West Pomerania will do so in 2023.