Overcoming Well-Meaning Discouragement

  • Author: Vera Koester, Jasmin Herr, Johanna Rath
  • Published: 30 August 2021
  • Associated Societies: Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh), Germany

Petra Mischnick, Professor at the University of Braunschweig, Germany, has received the inaugural Hildegard Hamm-Brücher Award for equal opportunities in chemistry from the GDCh. The award honors her longstanding commitment to equal opportunities, including the initiation of the Agnes Pockels student laboratory at the Technical University of Braunschweig. The project was one of the first of its kind and has had a broad impact—there are now over 200 student laboratories across Germany.

We met Petra Mischnick at the GDCh office in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, for this interview and talked about her motivation to advocate for equality as well as about the importane of role models or mentors and teaching chemistry from a young age.

For details on Petra Mischnick' research and on the Hildegard Hamm-Brücher Award for equal opportunities in chemistry, please also see "Inaugural Hildegard Hamm-Brücher Award for Equal Opportunities in Chemistry".


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