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The meccanica feminale is a project of the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Wurttemberg.

#mfbw22 – Review and Impressions

Follow-up report | Furtwangen, Villingen-Schwenningen; March 2022 | Netzwerk Frauen.Innovation.Technik Baden-Wurttemberg

From 22nd to 26th February 2022, the meccanica feminale went into its 13th round - once again as a purely online event. At the spring school with the main topic "Mobility of tomorrow", female students and professionals not only met for joint further education, they also used the digital offer for networking for studies and careers.

The educational week meccanica feminale is aimed every year at all women interested in engineering. This year, the meccanica feminale was opened by Carolin Hilzendegen, the project manager of the organising "Netzwerk Frauen.Innovation.Technik (FIT) Baden-Wurttemberg".

Andrea Linke, Chancellor of Furtwangen University, Dr Grazia Lamanna, Equal Opportunities Officer at Stuttgart University, and Dr Frieder Dittmar from the project sponsor, the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts (MWK) Baden-Wurttemberg (picture left), made it clear in their welcoming addresses what a great challenge tomorrow's mobility will be and what an important role women will play in this.


„Your spaltmass is killing my software: vom Automobilhersteller zum Mobilitätsanbieter“, was the title of this year's keynote by Anja Hendel. She is Managing Director at diconium, an independent digital business and technology company for digital transformation. In her exciting presentation, she dealt with the digital transformation process in the automotive industry and shed light on the interplay or conflicts in the management of hardware and software.

For five days, the lecturers of meccanica feminale imparted specialist knowledge on current topics as well as skills for personal career paths. At the same time, they were also important role models and sources of inspiration in the protected space of our event by women for women.

This year, the courses in which the participants could learn programming in a wide variety of ways were again particularly popular. Of course, there were also courses on the main topic: our participants could explore the possible futures of tomorrow's mobility or deal with the changes in aviation. Soft skills courses completed the offer.

On Career Day, participants could choose between exciting lectures and workshops on career development. Five female doctoral students from the STEM subjects presented their doctoral theses to each other in parallel and took the opportunity to exchange ideas.


The heart of meccanica feminale is also online networking. Our participants took the opportunity to meet again in a relaxed atmosphere during the evening hours at the Escape Game or the virtual tour of the Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen. The networking evening offered another opportunity for intensive exchange, be it during small talk or on exciting topics such as the RABUS project or the Cybermentor initiative.

Even though we were not able to provide our participants with delicious snacks and drinks, there was at least the VernetzBAR to meet for a bit of small talk during the breaks.

This year too, to the delight of the participants and lecturers, there was a small event box in advance. This also contained a small package of LEGO bricks, which were to be assembled into a "Lego mobile of the future". Apparently the Netzwerk F.I.T. hit a nerve, because there were many great entries and positive feedback on our challenge. In the final round on Saturday, the four most creative tinkerers were presented with a small thank-you.


Congratulations to Annette Frederiksen, Elke Aeikens, Stefanie Lehmann and Maria Oelinger!


Digitally, meccanica feminale 2022 was also a great experience for all the women involved. We are looking forward to the next time! - Then hopefully in person :)

You can find more impressions of the events on -> Twitter, -> Instagram, -> LinkedIn and -> Facebook under the hashtags #mfbw22 or #scientificaBW.

All pictures: Copyright Netzwerk Frauen.Innovation.Technik BW


The Netzwerk F.I.T would like to thank all participants, lecturers, technical helpers, sponsors, cooperation partners and supporters!

Above all, however, we would like to thank the Rectorate of Furtwangen University - especially Ms Andrea Linke - and the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of Baden-Württemberg for their trust in our work on behalf of our project lead, Prof. Dr Ulrike Busolt.