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Guest talk

Dr. Lena Weber

(Paderborn University, Germany)

Excellence Criteria and Gender Inequalities in the Entrepreneurial University

Talk in German language

For historical reasons, science is linked to masculinity and this led to the exclusion of women for a long time. The classical idea of innovative science was shaped by male scientists and their 'unbounded', science-only lifestyle. For some years now, the German science system – as in other European countries – has been undergoing an enormous process of change towards the new model of the "entrepreneurial university". Scientific excellence is being redefined and the link to gender constructions broken. On the one hand, the understanding of 'excellence' is increasingly based on measurable, objective and apparently 'gender-neutral' criteria such as publication rates, third-party funding, citation indices. On the other hand, in Germany there has been a linking of the discourse of excellence and the new steering policies with equality concepts, according to which the selection of the "best minds" can only be achieved with equal opportunities and family friendliness. The lecture will first of all examine how the connection between gender inequalities and processes of upheaval in science can be grasped theoretically and will then use empirical results from Germany, Great Britain and Sweden to examine the opportunities and risks of linking gender equality and steering policy of science.

Lena Weber studied social sciences, gender studies and sociology at the JLU Giessen, University of Bielefeld and Paris VII Denis-Diderot. In 2016 she will receive her doctorate in sociology at the Faculty of Cultural Studies at the University of Paderborn on "Die unternehmerische Universität. Chancen und Risiken von Gleichstellungspolitik in Deutschland, Großbritannien und Schweden". The book has been published by Beltz-Juventa Verlag. Since 2009 she has been a research assistant in sociology at the Faculty of Cultural Studies at the University of Paderborn. During her doctorate she was responsible for field research in England and Sweden (2012). Her current research focuses on the sociology of work and organisation, gender studies, qualitative social research, university and science research, and the digitalisation of the world of work.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 4.00–5.30 p.m. | Vogelpothsweg 78 (CDI building), room 114
Center for Higher Education (zhb)
Professorship of Higher Education

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.


TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".


The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.


The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.


Interactive map

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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