It is no longer possible to imagine academic life without women. In order to make their academic excellence more visible, we regularly introduce you here to young female academics from the University of Augsburg and their work. If you are interested in the female researchers who are already working as professors at the University of Augsburg, visit the page FEMALEACADEMIC@UniA.



Prestigious award for machine-human research
Prof. Dr Elisabeth André receives award in Montréal for her research in the field of multimodal interaction

Augsburg – Augsburg-based computer scientist Elisabeth André was awarded the international ICMI Sustained Accomplishment Award at this year's International Conference on Multimodal Interfaces (ICMI) in Montréal, Canada. The prestigious award is presented each year to a senior researcher who has made innovative, long-standing and influential contributions to the field of multimodal interaction, interfaces and systems.

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Preisträgerin Prof. Dr. Elisabeth André UA-Fotostelle

On the occasion of the award ceremony, Elisabeth André gave a keynote speech titled: "Socially Interactive Artificial Intelligence: Past, Present and Future". In her keynote, she gave an overview of the history of socially interactive virtual agents and robots - a rapidly developing field of research in whose development Elisabeth André played a significant role. Already in the early 90s, she had pushed virtual characters with communicative and social abilities as a new paradigm for human-technology interaction.



ICMI Award


Prof. Dr. Elisabeth André, 

Chairholder Chair for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence


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Augsburg award winner Dr. Juliane Ohlenroth with Federal Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht at the award ceremony for the Fritz Bauer Study Prize for Human Rights and Contemporary Legal History BMJV/Foto: Photothek

July 2021


Fritz Bauer Study Award for Augsburg doctoral student Juliane Ohlenroth
Juliane Ohlenroth, a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Augsburg and a doctoral student at the Chair of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Law and Contemporary Legal History, has been awarded the Fritz Bauer Prize for Young Lawyers by the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection. In her award-winning dissertation, she analyzes the sentencing practice of the Supreme Court of Justice (OGH), particularly with regard to the crime complexes "Nazi euthanasia," "judicial crimes," "denunciations," and "Reichspogromnacht." It shows that the court, which was staffed with remigrants and non-members of the party, arrived at entirely different interpretations of the law than the courts of instance and, later, the Federal Supreme Court (BGH) arrived at. The OGH, which has been the subject of much contemporary controversy, stands - like Fritz Bauer in his time - for a different, more appropriate way of dealing with Nazi injustice.

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December 2020


Leibniz Prize for the Augsburg scientist Elisabeth André

The computer scientist Prof. Dr. Elisabeth André will receive the 2021 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize. Germany’s most important research funding prize will be awarded to a woman for the first time in Augsburg. The internationally renowned scientist is honoured for her work on multimodal human - machine interaction. The Leibniz Prize is awarded annually by the German Research Foundation to up to ten researchers and is endowed with prize money of up to 2.5 million euros each for independent research projects.


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Website #KI50: Artificial Intelligence in Germany counts Elisabeth André as one of the 10 formative minds in the history of AI.

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Foto: privat | Katharina Weitz © University of Augsburg

September 30, 2020

Junior Fellowship from the Society for Computer Science for Katharina Weitz


Katharina Weitz and three other young academics have been appointed Junior Fellows 2020 by the Society for Computer Science (GI). With this award, the GI encourages outstanding computer science talents from science and practice to commit themselves to the further development of computer science. To this end, the Junior Fellows receive professional and ideological support from the GI in order to independently implement ideas for shaping computer science in society and academic life.

Katharina Weitz is a research assistant at the University of Augsburg and works at the Chair for Human Centred Multimedia. Here she researches methods to make artificial intelligence explainable and transparent for humans and its effect. In addition to her research, she uses her knowledge to design teaching materials on the subject of artificial intelligence and computer science, for interactive lectures, science slams and workshops in order to reach a broad public, especially children, young people and educational professionals.


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Prizes at the University of Augsburg

Every year, the University of Augsburg and the District of Swabia award prizes for research and academic commitment at the University of Augsburg. Here you can read which female scientists received these awards.


Stephanie Stadelbacher, Philosophisch-Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät (2020)

Dr. Theresia Dingelmaier, Philologisch-Historische Fakultät (2019)

Dr. Carolin Neuber, Katholisch-Theologische Fakultät (2018)

Dr. Carmen Freyler, Juristische Fakultät (2018)

Dr. Ursula Lievenbrück, Katholisch-Theologische Fakultät (2014)

Dr. Martin Proißl, Philosophisch-Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät (2014)

Dr. Nina Moebius, Fakultät für Angewandte Informatik (2013)

Dr. Stefanie Jehle, Philosophisch-Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät (2012)

Dr. Verena Swantje Schurt, Philosophisch-Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät (2010)

Dr. Silvia Lang, Juristische Fakultät (2010)

Dr. Lilia Filipova-Neumann, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät (2009)

Dr. Monika Jäckle, Philosophisch-Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät (2008)

Dr. Anne Schädle, Juristische Fakultät (2006)

Dr. Regina Grün, Juristische Fakultät (2006)

Dr. Tamara Saskia Nunner, Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät (2003)

Dr. Eva von Engelberg-Dockal, Philologisch-Historische Fakultät (2003)

Dr. Birgit Schaufler, Philosophisch-Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät (2002)

Dr. Elisabeth Naurath, Philosophische Fakultät I (2000)

Dr. Heike Hänlein, Philosophische Fakultät II (1999)

Dr. Silke Hüsing, Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät (1999)

Dr. Gerda Riedl, Katholisch-Theologische Fakultät (1998)

Dr. Dorothea Luther, Philosophische Fakultät I (1998)

Dr. Sandra Schwarz, Philosophische Fakultät II (1997)

Dr. Adelheid Puttler, Juristische Fakultät (1990)

Dr. Ursel Schäfer, Philosophische Fakultät I (1988)

Dr. Martina Kreder, Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät (1983)

Dr. phil. Carolin Bernadette Ruther, Philologisch-Historische Fakultät (2017)

Dr. phil. Adina Sorian, Philologisch-Historische Fakultät (2015)

Dr. Johanna Hartmann, Philologisch-Historische Fakultät (2014)

Dr. Kathrin S. Kürzinger, Philosophisch-Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät (2014)

Dr. Birgit Endrass, Fakultät für Angewandte Informatik (2012)

Dr. Ruth Dietl, Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät (2012)

Dr. Jessica Kristionat, Philologisch-Historische Fakultät (2012)

Birgit Brandhuber, Fakultät für Angewandte Informatik (2011)

Dr. habil. Bernadette Malinowski, Philologisch-Historische Fakultät (2008)

Verena Siglinde Tobias, Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät (2007)

Jutta Bierwisch, Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät (2007)

Bianca Joas, Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät (2006)

Dr. Brigitte Sölch, Philologisch-Historische Fakultät (2005)

Carolin Salvamoser, Philosophisch-Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät (2005)

Dr. Ekaterina Boutina-Koller, Philologisch-Historische Fakultät (2004)

Dipl.-Math. Stéphanie Gier, Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät (2003)

Dr. Angela Eberhard, Philosophisch-Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät (2002)

Dr. Bettina Englmann, Philologisch-Historische Fakultät (2001)

Dipl.-oec. Kirstin Metz, Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät (1998)

Dr. Gisela Cramer, Philosophische Fakultät I (1998)

Dr. Agnes Becherer, Philosophische Fakultät II (1997)

Dr. María Teresa Fuentes, Morán Philosophische Fakultät II (1996)

Dr. Christl Kiewitz, Philosophische Fakultät II (1995)


Dr. Michaela Zöhrer, Philosophisch-Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät (2019)

Dr. Sophia Theresa Dafinger, Philologisch-Historische Fakultät (2018)

Dr. Heidrun Marietta Lange-Krach, Philologisch-Historische Fakultät (2017)

Dr. Stephanie Armer, Philologisch-Historische Fakultät (2014)

Dr. Iris Hofer-Englmaier, Philologisch-Historische Fakultät (2013)

Dr. Dorit Pries, Juristische Fakultät (2007)

Dr. Annette Eberle,Philosophisch-Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät (2007)

Dr. Susanne Friedrich, Philologisch-Historische Fakultät (2005)

Dr. phil. Christina Müller, Philologisch-Historische Fakultät (2018)
Dr. Eva Bendl, Philologisch-Historische Fakultät (2015)
Dr. Martina Steber, Philologisch-Historische Fakultät (2008)
Dr. Sylvia Wölfle, Philologisch-Historische Fakultät (2006)
Dr. Regina Dauser, Philologisch-Historische Fakultät (2005)
Dr. Andrea Richter, Philosophisch-Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät (2003)
Dr. Anke Sczesny, Philosophische Fakultät II (2001)
Dr. Christine Werkstetter, Philosophische Fakultät II (2000)
Dr. Sabine Ullmann, Philosophische Fakultät II (1998)
PD Dr. Karin Thieme, Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät (1995)
Dr. Martina Haggenmüller, Philosophische Fakultät II (1993)
Dr. Ingrid Humpel, Philosophische Fakultät II (1990)
Dr. Gisela Riescher, Philosophische Fakultät I (1988)
Gabriele von Trauchburg, Philosophische Fakultät II (1988)
Dr. Katharina Sieh-Burens, Philosophische Fakultät II (1987)

Marine de Cornulier, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät (2018)
Ljiljana Winkler, Philosophisch-Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät (2017)
Solène Bregeon, Philologisch-Historische Fakultät (2013)
Thi Thanh Tam Nguyen, Philosophisch-Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät (2012)
Edina Strikovic, Philosophisch-Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät (2011)
Stanislava Nikolova, Philologisch-Historische Fakultät (2010)  
Fiona Tan Huijie, Philologisch-Historische Fakultät (2009)
Ziyou Yang, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät (2008)
Ummühan Cilem Urkun, Philosophisch-Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät (2007)
Andrea Lörincz, Philosophisch-Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät (2006)
Kwi-Ja Kim, Philologisch-Historische Fakultät (2005)
Meeta Mansukhani, Philologisch-Historische Fakultät (2004)
Szilvia Lengl, Philologisch-Historische Fakultät (2003)
Natalia Kazakova, Philosophische Fakultät II (2000)