Girls´Day 2018 at MPI-M

On 26 April 2018, the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) took part in the Germany-wide Girls' Future Day Girls´Day, providing 15 young girls with insights into climate research.

The Girls´Day has been taking place since 2001 and is a career day for schoolgirls from the fifth grade upwards. On this day, the girls get to know different professions and study programs in IT, crafts, natural sciences and technology.

Dr. Ann Kristin Naumann and Dr. Wiebke Schubotz, scientists and Equal Opportunity Officers at MPI-M, had prepared an extensive program to show the girls as many areas of the institute as possible and to give them the opportunity to meet female role models. After the welcome, the "laboratory of climate researchers", the supercomputer of the German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ), was explained and visited. MPI-M´s climate models run on the high-performance computer. Afterwards, the girls were able to discuss with female scientists in small groups and ask them questions. With the IT service of the MPI-M, they then tested their manual skills. They dismantled a PC and located the deliberately installed errors. An exciting visit to the wind tunnel laboratory of Universität Hamburg and the instruments on the roof of the building concluded a long, eventful day.

Dr. Wiebke Schubotz, Equal Opportunity Officer at MPI-M: "Girls´Day is important because it offers young girls the opportunity to get an insight into the everyday life of female scientists. The girls can ask questions about science here at MPI-M, but also learn how to become a scientist. For us as organizers it is nice to pass on some of our experiences and information on our career. Ideally, at the end of the day a few girls are enthusiastic about the natural sciences, something that is usually not achieved by school lessons."

Contact:

Dr. Ann Kristin Naumann
Equal Opportunity Officer
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
Phone: +49 40 41173 239
Email: ann-kristin.naumann@we dont want spammpimet.mpg.de

Dr. Wiebke Schubotz
Equal Opportunity Officer
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
Phone: +49 40 41173 125
Email: wiebke.schubotz@we dont want spammpimet.mpg.de