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.


June 2020

feminno career program 4th call open for application
feminno – female innovation and career development in Life Sciences
Course description
feminno offers all female PhD students, Post-​docs and alumnae the opportunity to bridge research from an academic life sciences perspective with innovation, entrepreneurship and industry. At the end of the programme you will be able to take an educated decision about your next career move or to build your own business. Registration deadline
Registration is open from 1 June until 30 July 2020. Successful candidates will be notified by 10 August 2020.

April 2020

Lunchtime Workshop “Third Party Funding for Your Research: SNSF PRIMA“
The workshop “Third Party Funding for Your Research: SNSF PRIMA” took place on 21 April 2020. The Equal Opportunities and Diversity Office of ETH Zurich, organised the event in cooperation with the Research Staff. Due to the current situation, the workshop took place online via Zoom.
Speakers were Dr. Manuela Hospenthal (D-BIOL) and Dr. Eleonora Secchi (D-BAUG). They talked about their experiences in applying for research funds and receiving a PRIMA grant. It was shown how an application can be structured effectively and what can be expected from the interview process. In addition, they presented a brief comparison of the PRIMA grant with other financing options.
Elisabeth Mitter from the Research Staff informed about the administrative aspects of a PRIMA application of the SNSF.

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.

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