Gender Studies in MINT

Dr. Mercedes Küffner

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  • Gender Studies in MINT
    University of Freiburg
    Department of Computer Science
    Georges-Köhler-Allee 079
    D- 79110 Freiburg

    +49 761 - 203 54079

    Email: mercedes.kueffner[at]tf.uni-freiburg.de
    Curriculum Vitae

    Career and milestones

    • SS 2020 | Technical Faculty, University of Freiburg. Proseminar Gender & Technology. The Seminar investigates the relevance of gender to technology. Based on crucial publications of the field it will be discussed how sex & gender is inscribed in technological devices and technological disciplines.

    • 01/2020 | KG I, HS 1015, University of Freiburg. Invited guest speaker within the interdisciplinary lecture series "Themenfelder der Anthropologie". Lecture entitled "gendered robotics" More infos (in German)... here

    • WS 2019/2020 | Technical Faculty, University of Freiburg. Seminar Gender & Technology. The Seminar investigates the relevance of gender to technology. Based on crucial publications of the field it will be discussed how sex & gender is inscribed in technological devices and technological disciplines.

    • 23/09/2019 | Transdisciplinary public discussion: Film Talks "Blade Runner 2049", kulturaggregat e.V., Freiburg. Organizer: Nexus Experiments. More infos here AI-Cinema

    • June, 17-18-19th 2019 | Radboud University Nijmegen. Attendance of Transdisciplinary conference: Bias in AI and Neuroscience. BIAS 2019.

    • 06/2019 | Tram Talks @ AI-Streetart-Tram, Freiburg. Transdisciplinary conversation & discussion between citzens and scientists about societal aspects of AI, Gender and Streetart. Topic entitled "Gender in the context of AI research and application" Organizer: Nexus Experiments, moderated by Philipp Schr√∂gel. More infos here Train Talks on Artificial Intelligence and Streetart , Stadtwandforschung: K√ľnstliche Intelligenz und Streetart , Mit Streetart lernen, wie KI funktioniert.

    • 10/2018 - 12/2018 | Joint Mentorship (in German schools) within the Project 'Make Your School' Mentoring within 3d-Hackdays organized by Wissenschaft im Dialog - sponsored by Klaus Tschirra Stiftung

    • 08/2018 | Joint Presentation (in German) with Dr. Hannah Fitsch (Technische Universit√§t Berlin, Verbundprojekt DiGiTal) at the Coference Day of the Summer University informatica feminale Baden-W√ľrttemberg 2018 entitled Zur Rolle von Algorithmen und der Metapher des Maschinellen Lernens in der KI-Forschung.

    • 05/2018 Attendance of the 4th Conference on Gender & IT / GEWINN-Konferenz 2018, Hochschule Heilbronn . The conference is part of a process of reflection and knowledge transfer within the context of understanding and developing possibilities of action to promote gender equality in IT & gender perspectives in digital change.

    • 10/2017 - 07/2018 Participation in the 1st Coaching-Programm CORA Coaching Women for Research and Academia The CORA Coaching-Program offers a mix of individual coachings and group coachings adapted to further develop and perform individual needs within your research, academic career and professional concerns.

    • 08/2017 - 08/2020 PostDoc Gender Studies in MINT at the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering at the University of Freiburg.

    • 04/2017 - 06/2017 Freelancer in adult vocational training, Bildungswerk des Verkehrsgewerbes Baden GmbH, teaching mathematical, physical and technical fundamentals with the aim of training and qualifying adults for a master's certificate.

    • 10/2014 - 08/2016 SAP application manager, University of Freiburg, 1st level support, running hands-on training courses and designing a multi-channel support by producing video-tutorials and step-by-step training guides within the framework of introduction of SAP in the academical merchandise management system.

    • 09/2013 - 01/2014 Online-Marketing, Web design and german-to-english translations in the field of individual tourism, Swiss-Emotions Handels GmbH.

    • 08/2013 Attendance of 1st Swiss Computational Neuroscience Summer School, FMI, Basel , topics to be addressed are mathematical concepts from dynamical systems, information theory and signal processing, and how these mathematical concepts can be applied to neuroscience. Theoretical modules of interactive lectures and practical hands- on tutorials with MATLAB- based exercises on experimental data. Key Topics - Neural Coding, Information Theory, Dynamical Systems, Signal Processing, Estimation Theory.

    • 04/2011 Presentation at PhD- and Postdoc-Seminar organized by the Bernstein Center Freiburg, title: Ultrastructural analysis of spine apparatus (SA) rescue in CA3 pyramidal neurons following single cell electroporation in Synaptopodin (Synpo) KO-mice.

    • 03/2011 Poster presentation at 9th G√∂ttingen Meeting of the German Neuroscience Society 2011, 33rd G√∂ttingen Neurobiology Conference , Poster T7-14B: Overexpression of Synaptopodin rescues the formation of spine apparatuses in hippocampal neurons.

    • 08/2008 - 04/2013 Doctoral thesis, Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Freiburg entitled: Ultrastructural analysis of spine apparatus in CA3 pyramidal neurons following single cell electroporation in Synaptopodin Knockout - mice.

    • 08/2007 - 02/2008 Internship, Intervent SAS, Freiburg, preparing geographical / cartographic material, assessing environmental impact studies, ornithological studies, calculations on energy / wind park- performance characteristics with Matlab.

    • 04/2002 - 06/2006 Diploma Studies, mayor subjects and main courses: Neurogenetics and Computational Neuroscience, University of Freiburg , title of diploma thesis (Neurogenetics, Lab of Prof. Fischbach): Establishment of a method to genetically modify single neurons expressing the genes irreC-rst or kirre in Drosophila melanogaster.

    • 03/2000 - 04/2000 Research Associate, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) / Hawaii Agricultural Research Center (HARC), wet lab techniques: Plant Genome Analysis and Genetic Transformations in Sugarcane plants to improve sugarcane varieties through breeding and selection, to develop sound agronomic practices, and to control insects and diseases.

    • 10/1998 - 04/2002 Diploma Studies with undergraduate degree, basic study period with interest in plant physiology and microbiology, University of Bayreuth.

    Research Interests and Memberships
    • since 03.2011 Member of the Neurowissenschaftliche Gesellschaft e. V. (NWG)

    • Sex | Gender aspects and implicit biases within coding and algorithms
    • (Computational) Neuroscience & learning aspects of humans and 'non-humans'
    • Ethical, social and philosphical aspects within coding and algorithms
    • Neuronal plasticity and neuronal pruning
    • Inter- and transdisciplinary research approches like art & algorithms