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What kinds of people fuel the new backlash? Why do we need limits on paid work?

A continuation of the Blog on the new Backlash: why we need to defend work-life research and policies, from my presentation at the Conference “6th International Community, Work and Family Conference in Malmö, Sweden from 19-22 May 2015”. This presentation and blog were inspired by my response to Thomas Vasek’s book “Work-Life Bullshit” which we […]

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A woman needs a bicycle like a fish needs water

here’s a German expression that says “a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.” The phrase sprang to my mind more than once on Tuesday night when I attended a talk by a colleague on “The history of women and bicycles.” Pause for a moment. Did you ever think about the history […]

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Get offline! For at least a little while

spent a month in Ireland, and during that month, I met a few Americans. Some of them asked me whether it was really, really possible to be disconnected from the office, from electronic communication, for the duration of a month. One American I met relayed a story about discovering on a recent trip that there […]

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Women in STEM Fields: Hessen’s Mentoring Network 2012 Celebration in Fulda, 22. June 2013

The state of Hessen has a mentoring program for women in science, engineering, and technology fields at the university and doctoral level. The graduating class of 2012 of this mentoring program met on June 22, 2013, a beautiful Saturday, in the impressive rooms of the Palace in Fulda for their final awards ceremony and send-off. […]

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Gender-neutral careers in STEM-fields: Are they possible?

On June 20, 2013 I gave a talk in Berlin for an audience of young women just finishing their studies in the STEM fields (STEM means Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The question on the table was, can women have gender-neutral careers in STEM fields?  And the answer I gave is, as long as women […]

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Does social media belong in the classroom?

Interesting question, of rising relevance: should teachers incorporate social media (twitter, facebook, blogs, etc) in their classroom expectations? In preparation for the workshop in Weimar, one of the participants asked this question. I did a bit of checking, and the jury seems divided. On the one hand, the next generation of students are swimming in […]

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Aachen Team comes to Frankfurt! Dissertation Workshop

On January 18, 2012, the team from RWTH Aachen joined the team from the Goethe-University Frankfurt for a dissertation workshop at the Old Senate Chambers of the Jügel-House and the AfE-Tower. Heather Hofmeister, Celina Proch, Lena Hünefeld, Nils Matzner, Michaela Jüttemann, Julia Hahmann, Nadine Witt attended. Three team members from Aachen presented their work and […]

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Congratulations, Dr. Grötzbach!

On behalf of the entire team, I’d like to share how happy we are for Jochen Grötzbach and his successful defense of his dissertation on October 31, 2011. The title of his work is “Technology Transfer and Cultural Exchange as Instruments for reducing Socio-Ecological Conflicts in the Modernization Process” („Techniktransfer und kultureller Austausch als Mittel […]

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Where is Europe headed in terms of spatial mobility, social relations and family life?

urope is likely to see rising, not declining, mobility in the foreseeable future. How Europe chooses to adapt itself, structurally, socially, and ideologically, will have a big impact on whether this mobility is detrimental or helpful to the social and environmental fiber of the continent. There are a number of reasons to believe that mobility […]

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Technology and Mobility

Long distance commuting, frequent overnight work trips, and Long Distance Relationships are dependent upon the technologies that make it possible to bridge distance easily and quickly. Here, developments in the future are dependent upon communication and energy technologies. If travel becomes easier, safer, faster, and more environmentally responsible, then we can expect the rates of […]

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