Responsible Innovation

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Technology and Society with a special focus on gender studies in STEM

Academic Responsibility

Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Carmen Leicht-Scholten

Chair of Gender and Diversity in Engineering (GDI)
RWTH Aachen

Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Torsten H. Voigt

Technology & Diversity
RWTH Aachen

Contact Person





Monday, 6:30 – 8:00 pm


Generally in person, some lectures via zoom

C.A.R.L. | H10

Claßenstraße 11
52072 Aachen


“Technology shapes society and society shapes technology” (Christine Wächter).

Technical developments are essentially changing the way we live or work, so that the importance of the interface between technology and society is becoming increasingly relevant. The increasing global transfer of technology requires a critical examination of the resulting consequences for people and the environment.

Diversity, i.e., ethnicity, gender/sex, age, disability, and other categories of human difference play a critical role in the design and application of technology. At the same time, technological advances have a profound impact on our understanding, material expression, and discursive understanding of human diversity. In this seminar, we illuminate the negotiation process, discourses, and politics related to technology and diversity. We take a close look at the many meanings of diversity and analyze their interactions with technology. This course highlights the crucial contribution diversity can make to innovation in technology and society and shows that in order to deal with human diversity in an appropriate and enlightened way, it is necessary to move beyond mere symbolic politics in order to responsibly shape technological progress.

Learning Outcomes

Students become familiar with various issues at the intersection of technology and society. On this basis, they are able to evaluate related issues as well as implications of these for their respective disciplines. Students will gain an understanding of the dimensions of diversity (e.g., ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc.) and will be able to analyze and critically reflect on the multiple interactions of human diversity, technology, and society and related discourses. They will be able to evaluate and discuss possible contributions of higher education to societal diversity.



Introduction and organisation

Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Carmen Leicht-Scholten
Lehr- und Forschungsgebiet Gender und Diversity in den Ingenieurwissenschaften (GDI), RWTH Aachen

Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Torsten H. Voigt
Lehr- und Forschungsgebiet Technik und Diversität, RWTH Aachen


Diversity in science and technology: Global considerations

Dr. habil. Alexandra Hofmänner
Researcg Area Science & Technology Studies (STS), University Basel

Online via zoom

Gender in biology

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Palm
Bereich Gender & Science, HU Berlin



Prof. Dr. Ute Habel
Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, Uniklink RWTH Aachen


Gender Studies in Physics? Narratives, Normativity and Utopia

Dr. Helene Götschel
Research Group of Gender & Science Studies in Physics, FU Berlin


Gender and AI

Dr.-Ing. Dr. hc. Corinna Bath
Department for Media, Knowledge and Communication, Universität Augsburg

Procedure/Working method​

Depending on the course of studies, module and examination, credit points can be achieved through participation. If you would like to take an exam, please make sure beforehand how you can get credit for it in your degree program. Of course, you can also take exams without receiving curricular credit for them. Visit our FAQs for more information.

In the following you will find all exams offered in this course. If you register the examination in RWTHonline, you will also find the assignment to the designations displayed in RWTHonline here:



Certificate of Participation (0 CP, not graded)


Protocol with critical analysis  (2 CP, not graded)

Project "Leonardo": Protocol with Analysis

Questionnaires (3 CP, not graded)

Project "Leonardo": Presentation

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