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It was a great pleasure and honor to be part of the WomenInScience@TF event on March 16, 2023. The event was organized by the Women’s Representatives of FAU’s Faculty of Engineering and dealt with the exciting topic “Academia and Family” that is so relevant for all of us. The inspiring moderation by Heather Hofmeister and her view on why (especially German) academic careers seem to insist on “either-or” tradeoffs among life domains was eye-opening and initiated a lot of extremely valuable discussions. These insights were perfectly complemented by Prof. Dr. Amelie Hagelauer’s talk with the title “Superpower? How being a mother, professorship and institute director can be combined”, which speaks for itself.

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The whole event was a great success and we very much enjoyed the plenary discussion with Amelie Hagelauer, Sarah Linz, Philip Beckerle, and Silvia Budday. The bottom line was that it is possible to reconcile family and academia and we need to find our very individual solutions! At the same time, we should raise awareness of all stakeholders, privately and professionally!