Grete Hermann Network


Image: © Otto Lohrisch-Achilles / Universität Bremen

The Grete Hermann Network (GHN) is a newly founded international network of female researchers in condensed matter physics and neighbouring research areas, involving both junior researchers (for instance senior postdocs, assistant professors, research group leaders) as well as experienced professors. The network is associated to the Cluster of Excellence 'Complexity and Topology in Quantum Matter—ct.qmat' which is funded within the Excellence Strategy of the German federal government. We are a strong research collaboration between Julius Maximilians University Würzburg and Technische Universität Dresden in Germany that started in early 2019.


A central aim of this Cluster, in view of promoting excellent research, is to support the recruitment and careers of female researchers within our field. One of the measures to do so is the establishment of the GHN.


The goals of the GHN are as follows:


  • provide networking and mentoring,
  • increase visibility of female senior scientists as role models,
  • create a comprehensive pool of female researchers in the Cluster's research areas in view of future hirings for professorships and further permanent positions.


To achieve these goals, we invite GHN members to the Cluster's workshops and conferences for both scientific talks and events for the general audience, as well as for dedicated social meetings of the network's members for informal exchange. Moreover, the Cluster provides possibilities for scientific exchange (seminars, guest stays) and research collaborations with the Cluster for all GHN members.


For questions please contact: Prof. Johanna Erdmenger

GHN kick-off meeting

On 14th July, the first event of the Grete Hermann Network takes place. The first international network of female scientists in the field of condensed matter physics was initiated by the Cluster of Excellence "ct.qmat – Complexity and Topology in Quantum Matter".

The virtual network meeting on 14th July addresses early career female researchers (e.g. doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, junior professors, research group leaders) and experienced female professors in the field of condensed matter physics and related research areas.


More information about the program and the event here .

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