Two and a half weeks of pure cultural diversity. 26 women from New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Finland, the Netherlands, Ireland, UK, Austria, Croatia, Spain, Mexico and Canada. 15 countries. A unique experience.
From the 10th till the 25th of July 2018, the fifth International Summer Academy in Engineering for Women” (ISAE4W) took place at the School of Engineering of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria.
The programme aiming at female students worldwide between 18 and 25 is very practice-oriented – from building robots, discussing or giving presentations and experimenting in the laboratories, students were working hands-on. Classes like Intercultural Group Finding or Creative Science encouraged the students to think outside the box and learn with and from each other while improving language and intercultural skills.
Participants chose between two specializations that best suited their interests and reflected their studies. The Natural Science specialization gave exclusive insights to molecular biology offering workshops and laboratory classes on gas chromatography or DNA forensics but also covered developments in medical technology. The Engineering and Technology specialization consisted of lectures and laboratory experiments in high voltage engineering and magnetic materials.
During the newly established Science Café students had the chance to get to know and share experiences with fellow women in Engineering from Austria and abroad. Visits to the world-known manufacturer of fire fighting vehicles Rosenbauer as well as the science museum ARS Electronica were only some of the academy’s highlights.
In addition, a social programme was offered to the participants, most of whom came to Austria for the very first time. A Wels city tour, climbing lessons and trips to Linz, Traunkirchen as well as a traditional Austrian “Mostbauer” in Gunskirchen made them discover Upper Austria and its culture.