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Prof. Dr. Carmen Leicht-Scholten

Professor , Fakultät für Bauingenieurwesen, RWTH Aachen University

Associated Professorship

Gender and Diversity in Civil Engineering


Carmen Leicht-Scholten is professor for "Gender and Diversiy in Engineering" at the Faculty of Civil Engineering at RWTH Aachen University. Since 2012, Prof. Leicht-Scholten is Dean of Study Affairs of the Faculty of Civil Engineering of RWTH Aachen University.

Since July 2010, Prof. Leicht-Scholten was visiting professor for "Gender and Diversity Management in Engineering" at the institute of software engineering and theoretical computer science of the faculty IV at TU Berlin. 

From November 2007 to June 2010, Prof. Leicht-Scholten was head of the unit "Integration Team - Human Resources, Gender and Diversity Management" (IGaD) of RWTH Aachen. She established the IGaD after participating in the development of the Institutional Strategy of RWTH in the framework of the German Excellence Initiative in 2007. In this context she was mainly responsible for the conception of the gender and diversity strategy of RWTH Aachen.

From 2003 to 2007 Carmen Leicht-Scholten was Postdoc at the Sociological Institute of RWTH Aachen. There she conceptualised several mentoring programmes and developed the mentoring concept of RWTH Aachen as an instrument of gender-equal human resources development.

After studying Political Science, Sociology and Romance Studies in Heidelberg, Aachen and Sevilla she received her doctor's degree at the department of political science (Prof. Christine Landfried) at Hamburg University. Her dissertation dealt with the impact of the constitutional jurisdiction on politics and society with regard to equal opportunities.

Focus of Work

Gender and Science, Gender and Diversity in sicentific and technology research, Gender relations and social change, politics of Gender relations, women and Gender studies in sciences and engineering, Gender and Diversity in organisations, application-based research projects at the interface of engineering, economics and social sciences

Research and Practice projects (selection)

2013 - 2015
Neue Wissenschaftskarrieren/Karriere und Führung. Frauen in Forschungsorganisationen und Technischen Universitäten
ChanceMINT.NRW – Karriereentwicklung für Studentinnen in Hochschulen und Unternehmen

Publications (selection)

Websitelink to my Publications


law, politics, technology, science, social change, politics, gender studies, women's studies, STEM, Gender, Diversity, engineering