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Women in Metrology and Energy Research (WIMER)

The 4th day of the conference is planned for the session of "Women in Metrology and Energy Research (WIMER)" from 15:00 to 17:00 CET.

The session aims to bring women scientists, doctoral candidates, and students worldwide working in the area of Metrology and Energy Research together on a common stage. The event is categorized into two sections: firsty, focusing on presentations and secondly, on networking.

For the first section, Prof. Dr. Cornelia Denz, Dr. Liisa Rihko-Struckmann, Dr. Xing Chao, Dr. Siri Harboe-Minwegen and Ms. Charu Sharma were selected to give their talks in the online mode. The presentations will cover the careers and work of renowned scientists and engineers about their professional struggles, achievements, and  how they broke gender bias to achieve success. 

You can also make connection with our experts and meet successful women in your field or industry through the organized networking event in the 2nd section of the WIMER session. Our online networking event provides a great chance for young female scientists and students to exchange their experience with others and gain access to information and resource that they may need in career advancement. Specifically, this event allows all women to expand their network in the Indian research and industry sector. The WIMER committee is highly committed to promote the women network and hold new events in the future.

If you are interested in attending this event, please register here.

Networking event - Discord Group

WIMER participants gain access to a network of professionals in metrology and energy research in academia and industry that provide a means of exchanging ideas, finding collaborators, and advancing their careers. WIMER organizers created a Discord group to facilitate online networking and support participants, and we welcome all participants to join the group, here.


Prof. Dr. Cornelia Denz

Prof. Denz was born in Frankfurt, Germany. She received her Ph.D. in physics from the Technische Universität Darmstadt and worked on optical neural network and optical data storage.
In 1993, Prof. Denz became head of the Photorefractive Group at TU Darmstadt. She moved to the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität of Münster in 2001, where she leads the chair of experimental physics and gender in physics as the director of the Institute of Applied Physics. Her main research topics are nonlinear photonics and fostering girls in STEM. She founded the Centre for Nonlinear Science (CeNoS) at WWU Münster and the hands-on lab MExlab for school kids and students. 
Prof. Cornelia Denz is currently chair of the Institute of Applied Physics at Münster University and as of May 1, 2022, she will become the first woman president of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundestanstalt (PTB).


Dr. Techn. Liisa K. Rihko-Struckmann

Dr. Rihko-Struckmann was born in Maaria (Turku), Finland and recieved her PhD degree in department of chemical engineering Helsinki University of Technology (today Aalto University), Finland in 1997. Since 2001, she is head of sustainable production systems team and laboratory manager in the process systems engineering group at Max Planck Institute of Dynamics for Complex Technical Systems, Germany. Her current research interests include catalysis, reaction engineering and modelling of chemical and energy conversion systems, CO2 utilisation and recycle, chemical storage of renewable energy, biomass conversion to fuels and electricity, chemical and fuel production with photosynthetic organisms (algal biomass), sustainability assessment (LCA), chemical recycle of polymers, process systems engineering.

Dr. Rihko-Struckmann will be sharing her experiences on how she was able to balance her science career and family life.



Dr. Xing Chao

Dr. Chao received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the Department of Precision Instruments and Mechanology at Tsinghua University, and her Ph.D. degree from Stanford University in 2013. She has also received the Engineer Degree of France (Diplôme d’Ingénieur) through a two-year double-degree exchange program at École Centrale de Paris. While her Master’s research was focused on solid-state lasers, her Ph.D. thesis work was concentrated on laser absorption spectroscopy and its application in combustion gas diagnostics. After achieving her doctoral degree (2013-2015), she worked as the chief scientist at Oxigraf, Inc. in Mountain View, California, which is a pioneer and specialized company for spectroscopic instrumentation particularly for medical, industrial and aerospace applications. Dr. Chao has been working as an assistant/associate professor at the Center for Combustion Energy and the Department of Energy and Power Engineering at Tsinghua University since Dec. 2015. Her current research interests include various optical and spectroscopic techniques, instrumentation for combustion diagnostics, and laser-based sensor systems.

Dr. Chao will exchange and interact on "When scientist choose motherhood"



Dr. Siri Harboe-Minwegen

Dr. Harboe-Minwegen received her Ph.D. degree from RWTH Aachen University, Germany, in 2018. During her Ph.D.’s research, she focused on the investigation of the rheological and microstructural properties of semi-solid aluminium-copper during isothermal shear. Following, she worked as a post-doctoral research assistant at the Institute of Energy and Climate Research, IEK-1 Material Synthesis and Processing, Forschungszentrum Jülich, on development of materials for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) and investigations of material processing and performance. Since 2021, she works as a project manager in OWI Science for Fuels gGmbH, An-Institute der RWTH Aachen.



Ms. Charu Sharma

Ms. Sharma has more than 10 years multi-cultural experience in the energy & petrochemical industry with a qualification in Civil Engineering. She has worked as an assistant general manager in Sembcrop Energy India Limited since 2018 to undertake key roles in different projects such as Site feasibility study, operations maintenance, process optimization & implementation, digitization, team training & development. Before that time, Charu understood industry challenges and gained progressive experience by working in different companies including Amplus Solar (2017-2018) as a team-lead of Solar Project Delivery, ACME Cleantech Solutions Pvt. Limited (2016-2017) as an assistant manager, Siemens as an executive engineer (2014-2016), Simon India Limited (2012-2014) and KEC International Limited (2011-2012).