Fakultät Informatik

Equal Opportunities

Welcome to this Web page of the Informatik-Forum Frauen (IFF, the forum of women in Informatics at TUM). IFF is an informal group of members of TUM Department of Informatics who are working towards equal participation of women and of other under-represented groups at the department.

The group conducts a monthly meeting, the IFF Jour fixe, where we talk about strategies and initiatives. Normally we meet every last Wednesday of the month from 12 to 1 pm in Room 01.05.058. The meeting is open to everybody who is interested in gender and diversity issues at TUM Department of Informatics. No registration is required; bring your own lunch. For the exact schedule, agendas and minutes, see https://www.in.tum.de/fuer-studierende/chancengleichheit/iff-jour-fixe.html

Our position on under-representation of women and other groups in computer science is cultural. We believe that under-representation is constructed through social mechanisms. Keywords are gender expectations and gender bias, stereotypes, token syndrom, glass ceiling and glass cliff. There is a lot of science to back this up! Some of it is summarized in the book "Whistling Vivaldi" by Claude M. Steele, who has written up a life of research in Sociology in a pertinent, easily accessible and entertaining book. The book can be borrowed from us at IFF. To give a taste of our position, you might also be interested in watching a one-hour gender training session at Google titled "Unconscious Bias @ Work", see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLjFTHTgEVU.

IFF has instigated a number of activities, particularly:

Current topics are:

  • Kick-off meeting IFF Travel Grant 2016, see https://www.in.tum.de/index.php?id=6668
  • Gender and diversity in faculty recruitment, collection of materials under construction.
  • Gender and diversity in training of student tutors, current work, no link yet.

IFF is a forum of collaboration with students, administration and faculty at TUM Department of Informatics, with TUM.Diversity and other faculties on Campus Garching, particularly with Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics.

IFF was founded by Anne Brüggemann-Klein, currently TUM Department of Informatics Gender Equality Officer. You may contact her or any of the TUM Department of Informatics Gender Equality Officers (see https://www.in.tum.de/index.php?id=6687) with any suggestions or concerns about gender and equality issues at frauenbeauftragte@in.tum.de.


2017 Spring Event

We invite all women and men in the department to join us at our Spring Event!

It will be held at the TUM Graduate School (room 5530.EG.003) and will feature a guest speaker Dr. Angelika Kneidl, who will share her unique experiences, including the achievement of her PhD in Informatics at TUM.

To attend please register at;


Google Sponsoring

The Informatics Women's Forum thanks Google for the generous sponsorship!