Girls Go Tech in Research Camp

Once a year, in order to attract girls to technical professions, Kathrein organises a “Female Researcher Camp” along with the University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim. At the latest event, the students developed a WiFi antenna. Young female engineers from the company accompanied, supported and inspired the girls and were not just their contacts, but also their professional role models. On the way to solving their tasks, the students also dealt with the question of whether a career in engineering would be a possibility for them.

The “Female Researcher Camps” are a project of the educational initiative “Technology - Future in Bavaria 4.0”, which is supported by the Bavarian Metal and Employers' Association (bayme vbm). “In order to keep our companies innovative and competitive, they need highly qualified junior employees in technical areas,” says Bertram Brossardt, CEO of bayme vbm. “We want to get women interested in technical professions and use this very valuable potential.”

A survey amongst the participants showed that the “Female Researcher Camps” have an effect: about 75 per cent of them want to study a technical or scientific subject after visiting the camp. Anton Kathrein, CEO of the Kathrein Group, is very pleased about that. “We really enjoy running the “Female Researcher Camp” project. We do have female engineers at Kathrein, but to be honest, we would quite happily have a few more,” said Anton Kathrein at the closing ceremony.