Women in Data Science 2020

Women in Data Science Mannheim Conference - Logo


When? June 25, 2020
Where? Zoom



The International Program in Survey and Data Science is proud to collaborate with SAP Next-Gen and Stanford University to bring the Women in Data Science (WiDS) conference to Mannheim, Germany.

​This technical conference will feature an all-female line up of speakers from academia and industry to talk about the latest data science-related research in a number of domains, to learn how leading-edge companies are leveraging data science for success, and to connect with potential mentors, collaborators, and others in the field.

Due to the evolution of the coronavirus, we will host WiDS Mannheim 2020 as an online event to make sure we all stay safe and healthy. We will use Zoom, a simple online conference tool, and provide the log-in link in a separate email shortly before the event.

About WiDS

The Women in Data Science (WiDS) initiative aims to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and to support women in the field.

​WiDS started as a conference at Stanford in November 2015. Now, WiDS includes a global conference, with approximately 150+ regional events worldwide; a datathon, encouraging participants to hone their skills using a social impact challenge; and a podcast, featuring leaders in the field talking about their work, their journeys, and lessons learned.



Julia Krönung - Women in Data Science Mannheim 2020


Julia Krönung is professor of Information Systems at the EBS Business School in Oestrich-Winkel. Until 2019, she was assistant professor for E-Business and E-Government at the University of Mannheim with a doctoral degree from Frankfurt University. She successfully raised several grants and funds, including the project “Do IT! – Identifying Socio-Cultural Barriers to IT Career Choices of Women” funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research. Her research focuses on ENabling digitally disadvantaged users (e.g. older adults/people with disabilities) and DISabling IT-based stereotypes.





Katrin Lehmann - Women in Data Science Mannheim 2020


Katrin Lehmann joined SAP in 2004, where she held several leadership positions, including Head of SAP Customer Innovation & Maintenance, Head of S/4HANA Cloud Data Management & Chief Data Officer. Throughout her career she has been a strong supporter of women in tech. Furthermore, she strongly emphasizes the role of diverse teams when fostering creativity and innovation to enable a best-in-class customer experience. After having finished her executive MBA at Mannheim Business School in 2018, Katrin enjoys spending time with her children, doing sports and travelling in her free time.





Iris Heckmann - Women in Data Science Mannheim 2020


Iris Heckmann is Principal at Camelot ITLab. She has a Diploma in industrial engineering & a PhD in engineering from KIT – Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Iris has more than ten years’ experience in applied research for quantitative decision making in supply chains. She worked for DAX30 as well as SMEs in the fields of quantitative supply chain management & data analytics. Iris is author of research articles in journals such as OMEGA and the European Journal of Operational Research. She holds a lecture on “risk-aware decisions” at HECTOR school of engineering & management at the KIT.





Cosima Meyer - Women in Data Science Mannheim 2020


Cosima Meyer is a PhD candidate and research associate at the University of Mannheim. She holds a BA and MA from the University of Mannheim and spent terms abroad at Rice University, SciencesPo Paris, and Universitet Uppsala. In her research, she analyzes post-conflict governance, regime survival, and autocratic cooperation using general quantitative methods, natural language processing, and network analysis. Cosima Meyer is also co-founder and co-editor of the data science blog MZES Methods Bites and serves as a chairwomen of RAM e.V. – an organization to support young social scientists.




Tatjana Schröder - Women in Data Science Mannheim 2020


Tatjana Schröder is holding a diploma in business administration and education. After years of experience in a market research consulting group, Bayer Animal Health and at SAP, she started working as marketing manager at trans-o-flex. In order to sharpen her profile, Tatjana completed a training as project management specialist in 2014. During the last 5 years at trans-o-flex, her work has focused on CI/CD and digital development. A customer-oriented way of thinking, the use of digital tools and market research have always been her core competences. Becoming a data scientist – AI manager is just a logical consequence of combining these three.





Frauke Kreuter - Presenter WiDS Mannheim 2020


Frauke Kreuter is director of the International Program in Survey and Data Science, head of the Statistical Methods group at the Institute for Employment Research, and Professor at the University of Mannheim. She also holds Professorship at the Joint Program in Survey Methodology (University of Maryland). Her research focuses on sampling and measurement errors in complex surveys, and the use of paradata to improve survey processes and survey estimates. Since joining the Institute for Employment Research her research expanded to investigating the joint use of survey and administrative data, as well as other newly emerging data sources.




Katrin Redmann - Presenter WiDS Mannheim 2020


Katrin Redmann worked at SAP in diverse Marketing, Alliance and Go-to-Market positions and as Design Strategist in the Design & Co-Innovation Hub AppHaus in Heidelberg. From 2015 she is in University Alliances as Country Manager DACH & Innovation Lead, responsible for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Teaching. Katrin strongly supports various women in tech initiatives, including the #sheinnovates initiative of UN Women, Leading Women, Global Digital Women and Women in Tech Africa. She is a co-Author and Speaker on New Work, Next Gen and Digital Innovation topics.






Frauke Kreuter, Program Director, IPSDS, University of Mannheim
Katrin Redmann, Innovation Lead DACH & NextGen Innovation Hub Lead SouthWest Germany at SAP University Alliances and SAP Next-Gen



Julia Krönung, Professor of Information Systems, EBS Business School
Katrin Lehmann, Senior Vice President, Head of SAP Customer Innovation & Maintenance, SAP
Iris Heckmann, Principal, Camelot ITLab

17:10    Q&A SESSION


Cosima Meyer, PhD Candidate & Research Associate, University of Mannheim
Tatjana Schröder, AI Manager, trans-o-flex & Master Student, International Program in Survey and Data Science, University of Mannheim

17:40    Q&A SESSION

17:55    CLOSING

18:00    BREAK


WiDS Mannheim 2020 is organized jointly by:


Logos International Program in Survey and Data Science & SAP Next-Gen (organizers of Women in Data Science Conference Mannheim 2020