Firnberg Richter Feier
© FWF/Michèle Pauty

In 2018 the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) successfully continued its funding programmes specifically aimed at promoting young female scientists. Marking the occasion of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2019, Secretary General Martin Netzer from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) and FWF President Klement Tockner awarded the funding certificates to the outstanding women scientists.

The FWF’s high-quality career development programmes offer a total of 51 female scientists an opportunity to take a decisive step toward advancing their careers in science:
A total of 22 young female scientists were selected for the “Hertha Firnberg” programme, and 29 established female researchers were chosen for the “Elise Richter” programme. All in all, EUR 13.4 million in new grants was earmarked for the two programmes.

The FWF's career development programmes are an ideal vehicle for the FWF to attain its goals of increasing the proportion of highly qualified women at universities and research institutions and facilitating their networking activities.

A networking meeting for former and current funding recipients followed the certificate award ceremony. A number of renowned female scientists from a wide array of disciplines were on hand to serve as “mentors” for the evening, turning the event into an opportunity for funding recipients to meet, establish networks and share their experiences.

Career Development Programmes Firnberg, Richter, Richter-PEEK

The Hertha Firnberg Programme was launched in 1998, followed by the Elise Richter Programme in 2005. The two programmes are aimed at supporting female scientists either at the beginning of their careers (“Hertha Firnberg”) or working toward their “Habilitation” or as preparation for a university appointment (“Elise Richter”). Richter-PEEK was created in 2014 with the goal of specifically focusing on women working in arts-based research.

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