Fix the leaky pipeline - Women Scientists 2017
The Fix the Leaky Pipeline program offers young female scientists (doctoral students, postdocs and other young scientists) the opportunity to reflect on their professional situations, to develop a strategy for embarking on or continuing their career paths, to receive targeted further training, and to extend their personal and scientific networks. The aim, actively supported by all institutions of the ETH Domain, is to support women in their career building and to fix the ‘leaky pipeline’ of women in science.


The program addresses female doctoral students, postdocs and other young scientists working in the ETH Domain. Participation in part of the program is possible.

The FLP program is now at the end of the 4th round, which means that very few courses and coaching groups will be offered in 2020. We are currently writing the proposal to obtain funds for the 5th round (2021/24)

Equal Opportunities in ETH-Domain
The ETH Domain’s group for Equal Opportunities for Women and Men brings all Equal Opportunity officers in the ETH Domain together. It is a platform for networking, exchanging of know how and for taking advantage of synergies. Its objective is to organize trainings and to work out positions and proposals in order to implement Equal Opportunities.


The program celebrated its 10th anniversary by publishing a collection of testimonies of former participants and coaches, showing how the program supported talented female scientists to find their specific career paths.


PSI Career Return Program 2019
You have been on a career break due to family commitments or mobility of your partner for at least 9 months. You hold a PhD degree in natural science up to five years after graduation or a master in engineering up to ten years after graduation and have gained relevant experience. Due to the on-site integration, you must live in Switzerland when you take up your position. more
August 2018 Career Program for Life Sciences

for female Doctoral Students, postdocs, and group leaders.

Are you a female scientist at the crossroad between university and industry?

feminno offers career development for women scientists interested in the science-innovation interface.

Launch of the FLP one-to-one mentoring program
Both FLP teams organised a kick-off event on May 28 at EPFL and on June 6 at ETHZ to launch its first round of the one-to-one mentoring program, which will support 39 pairs.
The event, also meant as an occasion for gathering and networking, allowed both mentors and mentees to learn more about mentoring and each side’s expectations.
Altogether, 39 persons (18 at EPFL and 21 at ETHZ) attended the kick-off events.
Information on the Kick-off events
January 2018 Since 2011 Alexandra von Schack worked as the Project Coordinator at EPFL with a lot of commitment to the young female scientists. In the future she will concentrate on her job as head of communication for the College of Management of Technology. Thank you Alexandra for you dedication to the FLP program during all those years.
Kristin Becker van Slooten and Chantal Mellier have taken over her position.
November 2017 Are you a female researcher at the crossroad between university and industry?
Then you might be interested by the career development for women scientists offered by feminno. Experienced career advisers, coaches, innovation experts, and executives from successful life-science enterprises share their work experience and visions with you.
The program is coordinated by the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center and supported by the Swiss Federal Office for Gender Equality for the period 2017–2019.
Information on website,
brochure and flyer
May 2017
Discover PRIMA, the new funding scheme of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) aimed at excellent female researchers from Switzerland and abroad who aspire to a professorship in Switzerland. SNF – PRIMA
16 March 2017
The Paul Scherrer Institute takes the responsibility to promote talented young scientists and engineers after a career break by providing fellowships for returning to science. This program was launched in 2009 for women and is now open for female and male candidates PSI
09 Feb 2017
The Fix the Leaky Pipeline has published its 2017 program with a brand new layout on its website.
The program will start with an Information event on March 30 in Berne


All pictures © Gian Marco Castelberg, ETHZ & Alain Herzog, EPFL