At the GEWINN conference we want to discuss and present the current international state of research about gender and IT. On the 14th and 15th of May 2018 we welcome about 150 researchers of science and technology studies, gender studies and computer science to present their work and exchange experiences.

As part of the project "Gender. Knowledge. Computer Science. Network on Research Transfer of interdisciplinary knowledge on Gender and Computer Science (GEWINN)“ the conference is part of a process of reflection and knowledge transfer. Researchers from all over the world are invited to present their work to further the understand and develop possibilities of action to promote gender equality in IT.

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Keynote-Speaker for the conference: Karen Holtzblatt; Founder & CEO, InContextResearch Scientist, University of Maryland

Karen Holtzblatt is known in the UX world for introducing InContext’s unique customer-centered design approach, Contextual Design. She knows what it takes to be successful in the world of technology as a consultant, and has proven her skills in persuading technology and business geeks to see how their products and services impact the way people work. Karen has pioneered transformative ideas and design approaches throughout her career, most recently seen in her Cool Project exploring users’ experiences of cool products and the rapidly changing role of technology in people’s lives. Her new book coming out in 2016 will update her original classic Contextual Design book to include the new techniques needed to help make your products cool.

Portrait Karen Holtzblatt

Most recently Karen has turned her attention to the challenges women face in technology companies. The Women in Tech Project focuses on understanding why women leave their tech jobs mid-career.  The framework developed with a combination of qualitative and quantitative research helps explain what works for women in the daily life of being a technology professional. Additional research is now being conducted to expand job types, shorten the survey, and validate it as an assessment tool to take the temperature of teams and companies. See an overview:

This research was begun in 2014 as part of giving a course on women in technology at Stanford. It continues as part of  Karen’s position as Research Scientist at University of Maryland and as a grass roots movement soliciting volunteers from the community to become part of understanding what is impacting their lives.

For the conference, Karen will present an overview of the framework and the results of the research.

Further information about the conference program will follow.

Call for papers

Conference on Gender & IT May, 14/15, 2018 in Heilbronn, Germany

The conference centers on interdisciplinary knowledge regarding gender and IT. It is part of the research project "Gender. Knowledge. Informatics. Network for Research Transfer of Interdisciplinary Knowledge regarding Gender and IT (GEWINN)".

Promoting gender perspectives in the digital revolution is still an ongoing major challenge. What are promising and innovative interventions and where are the areas of interest? How can researchers and practitioners cooperate to prevent troublesome gendering in IT? How can the mutual exchange of gender knowledge and IT expertise be made effective? This conference looks for inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to consider gender in shaping and creating digital change. Researchers in HCI and design research, science and technology studies, gender studies, computer science, and related fields from universities, research facilities as well as research departments of companies. The main goal is to fill the gap between theory and practice and to share and transfer research in the following gender related topics:

  • Organizational Culture in IT
  • Gender and VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity)
  • Agile Methods and Gender Equality
  • Ubiquitous Computing
  • De-Gendering IT
  • DevOps und Gender
  • Gender-sensitive IT-Design
  • Experience Design
  • Gender & HCI
  • Gender and Diversity in Computer Science
  • Gender Approaches in IT projects

The conference languages will be English and German. All submissions will be blind-reviewed. Authors should present their work at the conference (remote/video possible).

The proceedings volume with papers will be part of the International Conference Proceedings Series (ICPS published by ACM). The ISBN is 978-1-4503-5346-5, papers will be available in the ACM Digital Library.

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Submission Deadline: October 31st 2017 (Central European Time)
Notifications: December 15th 2017 (Central European Time)
Submit Revision: February 15th 2018 (Central European Time)

You can submit a long or a short paper:

Long Paper: Prepare your submission following the ACM format, make sure it is anonymized for the review process. A paper should consist of 4-10 pages including figures and a maximum 150 word abstract. References do not count toward the page limits. Only original work will be accepted, i.e. your submission cannot be published or under review elsewhere.

Short Paper/Poster: Short Papers are for preliminary findings, designs, or other projects and innovations related to the topics. They are two-page papers following the ACM format. At the conference, short papers will be presented with a poster that covers the essential aspects and encourages productive discussions with participants.

Please submit your papers here:

The submission system is supported by ConfTool and requires the creation of an account for submissions.

Program Committee


  • Michael Ahmadi, Universität Siegen– operations chair
  • Antonella De Angeli, University of Lincoln
  • Ken Anderson, Intel Corporation
  • Jeffrey Bardzell, Indiana University
  • Shaowen Bardzell, Indiana University
  • Corinna Bath, Technische Universität Braunschweig
  • Susanne Bødker, Aarhus University
  • Jennifer Booker, Rutgers University
  • Sandra Buchmüller, Technische Universität Braunschweig
  • Margaret M. Burnett, Oregon State University
  • Claude Draude, Universität Kassel
  • Kristian Gäckle, Hochschule Heilbronn – operations chair
  • Maren Haag, Hochschule Heilbronn
  • Oliver L. Haimson, University of California, Irvine
  • Maritta Heisel, Universität Duisburg-Essen
  • Karen Holtzblatt, InContext Design
  • Monique Janneck, Fachhochschule Lübeck
  • Yasmin Kafai, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
  • Ute Kempf, Kompetenzzentrum Technik-Diversity-Chancengleichheit e.V. – publicity chair
  • Petra Lucht, Technische Universität Berlin
  • Susanne Maaß, Universität Bremen
  • Nicola Marsden, Hochschule Heilbronn – conference chair
  • Andrea Marshall, Drexel University
  • Claudia Müller, Universität Siegen
  • Kerstin Raudonat, Hochschule Heilbronn
  • Christine Regitz, SAP SE
  • Tanja Reimer, Universität Flensburg
  • Jennifer Rode, University College London – program chair
  • Gabriele Schade, Fachhochschule Erfurt
  • Britta Schinzel, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
  • Angela Schorr, Universität Siegen
  • Juliane Siegeris, Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin
  • Anne Weibert, Universität Siegen – program chair
  • Heike Wiesner, Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin
  • Volker Wulf, Universität Siegen – conference chair




Bildungscampus Nord
Building H / No. 8
(Formerly Am Europaplatz 11)
74076 Heilbronn
Please enter Weipertstraße 47 as the navigation address.

The conference takes place in the Auditorium at the Campus.

PDF link to the detailed map


Access by public transport

Here you can find the timetables of the HNV (Heilbronn Hohenloher Haller Nahverkehr) and here the Bus connections from Campus Heilbronn - Sontheim to Campus Heilbronn – Am Europaplatz. As well as the timetables of the lines 30 and 40.

Source: Campus Heilbronn - Am Europaplatz