Carmen Leicht-Scholten

Tensions?! Gender and Diversity Perspectives in Science and Technology Studies, and Politics of Equality

Gender and Science & Technology Studies for many decades have been making efforts to integrate gender and diversity perspectives in research and development of technology on structural, organizational and content level. Yet the ambivalent relation between Gender and Science & Technology Studies and politics of equality has been characterized by tensions. To meet global challenges the connection of both provides an important potential for innovation generation and societal equality. Thus, if we take a closer look at the EU concept of „Responsible research and innovation“, we see the normative anchor points, investigations in research and innovation should be based on. Research and innovation must be committed to the needs and ambitions of society, reflect its values and be responsible. Building on this, the talk will discuss strategies and concepts, chances and challenges for an inter- and transdisciplinary dialog between Gender & Science and Technology Studies and STEM disciplines.

Research Areas

Social Responsible Research and Innovation, Gender in Higher Education and Engineering Culture


Carmen Leicht-Scholten is holding a professorship for Gender and Diversity in Engineering at the faculty of Civil Engineering at RWTH Aachen University. From May 2012 – May 2016 she has been Vice Dean for Studies Affairs at the Faculty of Civil Engineering. She is German representative of the cost action GenderSTE and representing Aachen University in CDIO, an innovative educational framework for producing the next generation of engineers. She is coeditor of “Gender- Zeitschrift für Geschlecht, Kultur und Gesellschaft” and author of various publications on gender in science and engineering.


Leicht-Scholten, Carmen and Schroeder, Ulrik. Ed. 2014. „Informatikkultur neu denken – Konzepte für Studium und Lehre: Integration von Gender und Diversity in MINT-Studiengängen“. Wiesbaden: Springer Vieweg.
Leicht-Scholten, Carmen, Breuer, Elke, Tulodetzki, Nathalie and Wolffram, Andrea. Ed. 2011. „Going Diverse: Innovative Answers to Future Challenges. Gender and Diversity Perspectives in Science, Technology and Business“. Opladen: Budrich UniPress.
Leicht-Scholten, Carmen. Ed. 2007. „Gender and Science. Perspektiven in der Wissenschaft“. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag.


Prof. Dr. phil. Carmen Leicht-Scholten
RWTH Aachen 
Lehr- und Forschungsgebiet Gender und Diversity in den Ingenieurwissenschaften
Kackertstraße 9
D – 52072 Aachen
Tel.: +49 (0) 241-80-90549


Gender and Diversity in den Ingenieurwissenschaften (GDI) – RWTH Aachen
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