Physikerin der Woche 2022

Since January 2018, the working group on equal opportunities (AKC) of the German Physical Society (DPG) highlights weekly women in physics in Germany or German women in physics abroad.

Are you a woman in physics in Germany or a German woman in physics abroad, and would you like to highlight your field of research within the "Physikerin der Woche" initiative? If so, please contact Dr. Ulrike Boehm .

Women in physics of all career stages can participate (bachelor students, master students, postdocs, group leaders, professors).

Alternatively, please feel free to suggest suitable candidates. 

You can find an article and posters about our initiative in the April 2018 and February 2021 / January 2022 issues of the Physik-Journal. Please feel free to print the posters and advertise our initiative at your research institution. 

Participants of previous years can be found here: 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.


Prof. Dr. Joanna Waniek (Rostock/Warnemünde) - Kalenderwoche 3


Joanna is a physical oceanographer by training. She is a professor (apl.) at University Rostock and works at the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde. Her working group studies the interactions between biological and physical processes in the ocean on different time and space scales. Of special interest are those physical processes which influence the production, modification, and sedimentation of particles in the water column of the world ocean. In their research, they are considering both the natural and the anthropogenic particles. Most of their research activities are carried out in the Northeast Atlantic and in the Baltic Sea, as well as in the South China Sea. Their recent Sino-German project Megacity’s fingerprint in Chinese southern marginal seas: Investigation of pollutant fingerprints and dispersal aims to study the marine environmental conditions in an area spanning from the northern shelf in proximity to the Pearl River of the South China Sea towards the deep sea. The area is an excellent natural model laboratory to study the exchange processes between the land and the ocean (Pearl River), the variability of physical forcing (monsoon, circulation), the drastically increasing anthropogenic stressors (nutrients/eutrophication, organic contaminants, microplastic, antibiotics) following the development of a coastal megacity. Their research aims to improve our understanding of the complex interactions between land, the coastal ocean, and the open ocean and their resulting alterations due to the effects of climate variability and anthropogenic stressors in a highly sensitive ecosystem.

The photo shows her on board the research vessel Poseidon checking the functionality of the CTD (Conductivity-Temperature-Depth) rosette system.

Foto-Rechte: Prof. Dr. Joanna Waniek

Prof. Dr. Karoline Wiesner (Potsdam) - Kalenderwoche 2

Karoline is a professor of complexity science at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Potsdam, Germany. She is also an external faculty at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna and an affiliated member of the Centre for Science and Philosophy at Bristol University.
In her research, she develops information theory to study the dynamics of complex systems. Applications range from physics and biology to social systems. This research is firmly rooted in the mathematics, physics, and philosophy of science.
Here, you can hear an extended interview by Physics World with Karoline in which she explains how she uses complex systems theory to analyze human systems.

Foto-Rechte: Thomas Roese

Prof. Dr. Beate Heinemann (Freiburg) - Kalenderwoche 1

Beate is an experimental particle physicist and has been working on the highest energy colliders in the world, most recently the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, where she was involved in the discovery of the mysterious Higgs boson together with about 3000 people in the ATLAS experiment. Generally, her research focuses on understanding the fundamental particles in our Universe and ultimately discovering the Laws of Nature that have led to our Universe. They can make many measurements in ATLAS and publish about 100 papers per year. Beate and her team have mostly worked on measurements that shield light on how the force carriers of the electroweak force interact with each other. In 2022, Beate will become the first female member of the DESY directorate since its foundation in 1959. DESY is a national research laboratory with about 2600 employees and part of the Helmholtz Association.

Foto-Rechte: Prof. Dr. Beate Heinemann


Hier geht es zu den Teilnehmerinnen der Physikerin der Woche 201820192020 und 2021 Projekte.