Apr 4 – 6, 2019
Campus Bahrenfeld
Europe/Berlin timezone


Dear all MD Guest Professors, Speakers, Guests, High School Students, Exhibitors, School Labs, Storytellers and Musicians!

We enjoyed all these amazing scientific talks, the exceptional first-hand insights into the career as a scientist, the intense discussions and exchange, the experiment courses & speed-dating and the fantastic personal stories.

Thank you very much for making this conference so personal and intense!





Join MDC! Top-level scientific talks, personal (career) perspectives, exchange of experiences, and networking


The "Mildred Dresselhaus Guest Professorship Conference" (MDC) will gather the excellent "Mildred Dresselhaus Guest Professors" as well as experts in the field of equal opportunity, diversity and careers in science.

Throughout her professional life Mildred Dresselhaus (1930 - 2017), highly decorated professor of physics and electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), engaged herself in improving the opportunities for women in natural sciences. She was, and still is, a true role model for a huge variety of young scientists in natural sciences, encouraging each and every one of them to pursue their scientific path and to make it to true excellence in science. The "Mildred Dresselhaus Guest Professorship Program", which was installed by CUI (a cluster of ecxellence at Universität Hamburg) honors outstanding female natural scientists who are leading in their field of science.

MDC will follow the spirit of Mildred Dresselhaus and the “Mildred Dresselhaus Guest Professorship Program” to combine scientific excellence with a conscious and creative take on career choices and the importance of diversity in the culture of science. The conference aims to serve as a platform for (young) scientists, offering top-level scientific talks, personal perspectives on how to succeed as a scientist in research, and state-of-the-art contributions on topics of diversity, equal opportunity, and the culture of natural sciences.

In addition, MDC will offer practical trainings on top-notch methods applied in natural sciences, an inspiring evening-program that gets you on stage, presenting your own story, and a broad and exciting program for high school students encouraging them to follow and discover their interest in science and research.

Moreover, there will be the opportunity to meet fellow scientists and network with inspiring role models - all this on Campus Bahrenfeld in Hamburg, one of the world's most exciting research sites that brings together brilliant light sources with highly trained international scientists and an appropriate laboratory infrastructure to foster top-class knowledge in physics, chemistry, biology, and life sciences.


List of confirmed Awardees and Speakers

Prof. Dr. Elspeth Garman (University of Oxford)

Dr. Rosario González Férez (Universidad de Granada)

Dr. Liesbeth Janssen (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven)

Prof. Dr. Anna Krylov (University of Southern California)

Prof. Dr. Cristiane Morais Smith (Universiteit Utrecht)

Dr. Anouk Rijs (Radboud Universiteit)

Prof. Dr. Roseanne Sension (University of Michigan)

Kerstin Plehwe (Award winning European entrepreneur, TED speaker, best selling author)

Prof. Dr. Francesca Calegari (Universität Hamburg: Cluster of Excellence Advanced Imaging of Matter)

Prof. Dr. Antonio Souza Filho (Universidade Federal do Ceará)

Prof. Dr. Juliane Degner (Universität Hamburg: Social Psychology)

Prof. Dr. Daniela Rastetter (Universität Hamburg: Socioeconomics, Human Resource Management and Gender / Equal Opportunity Officer )

Dr. Christiane Jüngling (Universität Hamburg)

Prof. Dr. Andrea Blunck (Universität Hamburg: Mathematics and Gender Studies)

Sabine Fernau (Initiative NAT/mint:pink)

Moderation Dr. Nicola Byok

Storytelling for Scientists Event (5.4. 6:30 pm)

We all enjoy a good story … young talented and passionate researchers will enchant you with science stories and real-life experiences. All are welcome to listen, have fun and enjoy the science ambiance with live music, drinks and pretzels!

Special Guests:

Prof. Dr. Elisa Schaum (Universität Hamburg)

Katrin Rumberg (singing and guitar)

Moderation: Dr. Karin Bodewits (NaturalScience.Careers)


Storyteller Examples: Kirsten Grorud-Colvert, Bethany Brookshire, Giulia Enders



Info fair (5 Apr, 8:30 am - 6:00 pm)

DESY School Lab physik.begreifen

GENERA (Gender Equality Network in the European Research Area)

HRA Hamburg Research Academy

Light & Schools (Schullabor Universität Hamburg)

Molecules & Schools (Schullabor Universität Hamburg)

Initiative NAT (mint:pink)

PHGS - PIER Helmholtz Graduate School


PIER - Partnership of Universität Hamburg und DESY

Pro Exzellenzia 4.0

VDU (Verband deutscher Unternehmerinnen  - MINT Initiative)

Program for female high school students (from class 11 / 5 Apr)

*Scientific Speed-Dating (organizer Initiative NAT)

*Experiments by Light & Schools (Universität Hamburg),  Molecules & Schools (Universität Hamburg), DESY School Lab physik.begreifen, Physik-Projekt-Tage

*MintCoding Programming Course

Program registration for female high school students via Initiative NAT here! 

Detailed programme for female high school students here!

Meeting Rooms

Networking at MDC! We have quiet meetings rooms for the exchange with other scientists. Take this opportunity and just ask us!

Detailed MDC programme click here !

Program booklet click here!

MDC registration* here! 

*Sessions/talks may also be booked individually / Please register beforehand


More information

New Potraits: Mildred Dresselhaus Magazine, March 2019

Cluster of Excellence Advanced Imaging of Matter

Mildred Dresselhaus Guest Professorship

Mildred Dresselhaus Awardees


Campus Bahrenfeld
Luruper Chaussee 149, 22761 Hamburg

There is no conference fee. The Mildred Dresselhaus Guest Professorship Conference is funded by Cluster of Excellence Advanced Imaging of Matter & and Universität Hamburg Equal Opportunity Prize.

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