Gender equality

The diversity representatives of the department are concerned with gender equality, provide support to students with children, see to the interests of chronically ill or handicapped persons as well as to the interests of other underrepresented or disadvantaged groups. They serve as contact for members or students of the department and they support the department in the fulfillment of its tasks, in particular regarding gender equality aspects, for instance, during hiring processes.  Contact:

MINT mentoring programme

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science offers a mentoring group to female students, who work on their master thesis in mathematics or computer science. A mentoring group consists of a female PhD student or postdoctoral researcher as a mentor and three students as mentees. During group meetings and individual meetings the mentees learn from the mentor through exchange of experiences. The mentees also receive support in writing their thesis, in career and life planning and personal skill development.


Ada Lovelace PhD Programme

The programme is named after Augusta Ada Bryon King (1815-1852), Countess of Lovelace, a British mathematician working in the then emerging field of computer science.

The Ada Lovelace PhD programme was launched by the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science in 2016 with the goal of attracting and awarding excellent women on the PhD level.

Ada Lovelace Fellows

at the mathematical institutes


  • MSc Chiara D'Onofrio (Arbeitsgruppe Prof. Caterina Zeppieri), Topic Stochastic Homogenization
  • MSc Martina Fruttidoro (Arbeitsgruppe Prof. Eugen Hellmann)

  • Ada Lovelace Fellows 2016-2019

    at the mathematical institutes


    • MSc Maria Beckemeyer (Arbeitsgruppe Prof. Christopher Deninger), Topic De Rham-Witt theory and regular differentials on singular schemes
    • MSc Juliane Braunsmann (Arbeitsgruppe Prof. Benedikt Wirth), Topic Deep Learning for Model Order Reduction


    • MSc Ina Humpert (Working Group Prof. Martin Burger), Topic Entropy methods for non-linear equations with flow boundary conditions


    • MSc Jingjia Liu ( Working Group Prof. Matthias Löwe), Topic The circular law for symmetric matrices with correlated entries
    • MSc Divya Sharma (Working Group Prof. Michael Weiss), Topic Miller-Morita-Mumford classes and Teichmüller theory

MATHRIX Assistant Professor Programme

The Faculty for Mathematics and Computer Science has set up the MATHRIX Assistant Professor Programme to support gender equality in the mathematical sciences. For that purpose two assistant professor positions equipped with an attractive start-up package were established. The positions run for 3+3 years each with regular calls for applications.

In 2017, we filled two of these assistant professor positions with excellent female scientists – Franziska Jahnke (model theory of fields) and Mira Schedensack (numerical analysis of partial differential equations, until 2019).

MATHRIX Professors

at the mathematical institutes


  • JProf. Dr. Franziska Jahnke, Institute for Mathematical Logic and Foundations of Mathematics, area model theory of fields.
    Her work combines mathematical logic with applications in algebra. A large part of her work deals with Shelah's conjecture about NIP fields. Studying definable sets in valued fields forms a basis for this.
  • JProf. Dr. Mira Schedensack, Applied Mathematics: Institute for Analysis and Numerics, area numerical analysis of partial differential equations.
    Her focus is on the development of new numerical schemes and the a priori and a posteriori error analysis with emphasis on non-conforming and adaptive finite element methods.