February 11th is the United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) offers young women scientists a wide range of career opportunities. They can work in more than 60 different disciplines at BAM – from analytical chemistry, information technology to biological material damage, surface engineering and materials engineering. In addition, BAM supports junior professorships and advocates an intensified networking in research and teaching.
Work and interdisciplinary cooperation in everyday life at BAM is illustrated by portraits of women scientists from a wide range of areas:
“To the point“
Özlem Özcan is initiating a pioneering project: measurement of pitting on metals caused by bacteria.
Martina Matzke researches into fast microbiological test methods. Her Ph.D. thesis is a collaborative project with TU Berlin.
Christiane Stephan-Scherb, a mineralogist, looks into corrosion zones in steels – specifically, when exactly a thin film develops into real damage.
“The perfect wave“
Franziska Fischer investigates co-crystals at BAM‘s Adlershof branch – using all conceivable types of radiation.
Anne Kahlisch is a project manager. She herself studied philosophy but is now totally devoted to "best practice". She reports on the implementation of projects, for example in IT.
BAM promotes safety in technology and chemistry.
As a BMWi departmental research institute, BAM performs research, testing and offers advisory support to protect people, the environment and material goods. Its activity in the fields of materials science, materials engineering and chemistry is focussed on the technical safety of products and processes. BAM’s research is directed towards substances, materials, building elements, components and facilities as well as natural and technical systems important for the national economy and relevant to society. It also tests and assesses their safe handling and operation. BAM develops and validates analysis procedures and assessment methods, models and necessary standards and provides science-based services for the German industry in a European and international framework.
Safety creates markets
BAM sets and represents high standards for safety in technology and chemistry for Germany and its global markets to further develop the successful German quality culture "Made in Germany“.