#scientistwhoselfie ...

... is now a lively global platform for scientists to draw attention to their academic life in a direct and lively way. The English acronym allows the gender equality we want: it is about people who have dedicated themselves to science. They share this passion with us, talk about their curiosity, but also about disappointments, everyday priorities and questions that accompany them in their everyday research.


We picture this action in excerpts with women doing research here, to encourage all female academics to become more visible and to gain even more attention with their professionalism.

A scientific selfie is a short greeting and an invitation ...

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Foto: Katharina Weitz © University of Augsburg

I am sitting over this pile of old books on artificial intelligence and have to smile as I read the following passage in one of the books:
“I should make it clear that very little has actually been modelled with these networks to date   And, in addition, there are already a number of difficult and unsolved problems [...]. The overriding concern, in my opinion, is one of comprehensible. In order to build and use complex computer systems, we must be able to understand, at some level, how they are doing what they are observed to be doing " (P. 64, Partridge, 1990)
These networks that Derek Partridge talks about in his book are known today as "deep neural networks". And they are now being used effectively in our everyday lives. For example, they are used to recognise faces or to learn our preferences for music and films. And in my doctorate I am doing research precisely on Partridge's point of criticism, which he saw as early as 1990: to make these neural networks comprehensible. The German Informatics Society has now recognised me for this work and added me to the ranks of GI Junior Fellows. In my first interview for a daily newspaper, I was not only allowed to answer exciting questions (“Is AI fairer than humans?”, “What innovations are needed in the technology sector?”), but also to tell them something about my major concern: bringing our research closer to people. The results of our studies show that AI is no longer a foreign concept for laypeople as it was a few years ago. But they also show that people often completely overestimate AI and have wrong ideas about it. My current goal is to help people assess the opportunities and risks of AI more realistically and make decisions more easily.


Katharina Weitz M.Sc.

Research Assistant at the Chair of Multimodal Human-Technology Interaction



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Foto: Beate Haugwitz © University of Augsburg

Doctorate, teaching, project work, coordination and organisational work ... as the mother of a lively three-year-old daughter, I am used to multitasking. Even if the challenges (especially in the year of corona) are sometimes very difficult, I enjoy it very much! My PhD project is really picking up speed now. We are researching indicators for therapeutic change processes in music therapy with people suffering from severe mental disorders. It's intense - but also exciting. I can draw on my practical experience as a music therapist. Much of it also comes in handy in my teaching!

Beate Haugwitz, graduate music therapist, M.A.

Research assistant in the master's program in music therapy


Foto: privat, Christina Pauls © University of Augsburg

Between home office and parental responsibilities, the year 2020 is ending for me with a sense of achievement as a young academic: the publication of my first monograph.

The book “Re- storying a past that lies between us: an exploration of the legacies of German - Russian family histories in the Soviet Union”, which emerged from my Master’s thesis in the field of Peace Studies, will be published as part of the 'Masters of Peace' series by Innsbruck University Press. This is my view after I click on the 'Submit' button of my final version: months of revision, editing and layout processes have paid off. While I feel that I have finished with the topic of transgenerational trauma, I have an inkling that my journey has only just begun. Peace is not mastery, but practice.


Christina Pauls, M.A. Peace Studies
Chair of Political Science, Peace and Conflict Studies