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Franziska Koch in Bosch Foundation's Fast Track Program

15. Jan. 2018

Dr. phil. Franziska Koch, Assistant Professor to the HCTS’ Professorship for Global Art History, won a place in the program “Fast Track: Excellence and Leadership Skills for Outstanding Women in Science”. It is offered by the Robert Bosch Foundation and aims to smooth the participants’ path to a leadership position in research.

The Fast Track Program invites twenty female postdoctoral researchers to several seminars that promote professional skills and abilities. “Attending the first of four seminars at Schloss Marbach at the Lake of Constance was eye-opening and one of the greatest experience I have ever had regarding professional seminars”, said Dr. Franziska Koch. “I already feel very much encouraged by the professional presentation training as well as the many constructive conversations with the impressive fellow ‘fast trackers’ from all disciplines and look forward to grow along and benefit from the series of inspiring trainings to come”.

Also, the program enhances cross-disciplinary networking and the professional exchange with leading scientists, politicians, business and media representatives. Franziska Koch explains: “I particularly enjoyed the highly informative keynote by Prof. Dr. Claudia Felser, who is Director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden. She discussed the appalling statistics of female careers in higher education and compared the German situation in the natural sciences with the US.”

After passing the competitive selection-process for the programme, Franziska Koch now is part of the 11th and final group of the program. Seminars of the last round started in fall 2017 and will continue untill fall 2019.

The Robert Bosch Foundation inaugurated the temporary program in 2007. Since then it successfully enhanced gender equality in academia by supporting female scientists affiliated with German universities. Furthermore, the program grants financial support for further professional activities to advance participants’ careers. 


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  • The Robert Bosch Foundation supports gender equality in academia by supporting female scientists affiliated with German universities.

  • The first seminar in 2018 took place at Schloss Marbach.