Associate Professor, Centre for Engineering in Society
Tanja Tajmel studied Physics, Meteorology and Philosophy at the Graz University of Technology and the Karl-Franzens University in Graz, Austria as well as the University of Padova, Italy. She received a Master in Physics Education from Karl-Franzens University in Graz and a PhD in Physics Education from Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany. For many years, she was instructing student teachers at Humboldt-University Berlin and was training STEM teachers in Germany, Austria and Italy. Before joining Concordia University, she has been Professor at the University of Education Upper Austria.
Tanja Tajmel is an interdisciplinary scholar with a broad research and teaching portfolio. Her main interest lies in researching and reducing intersectional discrimination in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). She investigates STEM education, professional cultures and knowledge production in STEM through a feminist lens.
Tanja Tajmel is a long time Human Rights advocate and promotes the idea, that everybody has the right to participate in and benefit from STEM and, thus, STEM must provide an inclusive environment to be accessible to everybody. In 2005, for the empowerment of migrant women, Dr. Tajmel founded “Club Lise” (funded bythe European Commission), as the first European mentoring programme for female migrant students in STEM. In 2007, “Club Lise” was ranked as one of the bestScience and Society projects of the year by the European Commission.