27th April is Girls' Day – the day for girls’ future and the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) offers an exciting programme to 42 female pupils. They can get an insight into the diverse tasks of a departmental research institute and light-heartedly experience everyday life in research.
"Girls' Day is an integral part of the promotion for young scientists at BAM", says BAM President Prof. Dr. Ulrich Panne. "We want to inspire young girls to take up a career in engineering and science because we need more women scientists to promote innovation in research".
"BAM is organising Girls' Day for the fifteenth time and interest is huge every year", adds Dipl.-Soc. Karin Pachaly, BAM’s Equal Opportunities Representative. "This year, all places were fully taken within the first 48 hours."
Six stations for sniffing the world of research
The 42 girls will get an insight into BAM’s research topics in six different locations. They will learn how drinking water is kept clean in the field of Environment and how much energy is contained in a jelly bear in the field of Chemical Analytics.
This year, there will also be something for computer-loving girls. The IT area shows how a modern data centre looks and works and how best to get protected against data loss.
The fields of welding technology and building materials technology will show their practical sides. The girls can engrave a steel plate using laser light and create colourful masterpieces in the concrete laboratory. In addition, the structure of materials will be analysed using a light microscope in the field of materialography.
Vocational training at BAM
Girls‘ Day will provide girls with an insight into BAM’s vocational training and further education programmes. Whether it is a school student internship, vocational training or Ph.D. positions, BAM offers young people a wide range of opportunities in engineering and science.
There are currently about 140 German and foreign Ph.D. students doing research at BAM on safety in technology and chemistry. BAM also offers nearly 100 places for vocational trainees, apprentices and guest students.
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“.