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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
18 May 2016 A Career Café Event is organized on June 20th at SNSF in Berne to close the 2013-2016 round of the “Fix the Leaky Pipeline program” Event information
14 December 2015
Dr. Maryam Kamgarpour, who participated in the current Fix the Leaky Pipeline Program, has received the ERC Starting Grant.

We congratulate her and wish her every success for her future career.

ERC Starting Grant
7 December 2015  Dr. Lucie Tajcmanová, former participant of the Fix the Leaky Pipeline Program 2013-16, received the Prize Zonta 2015.
We are very happy to congratulate her for this award !
Zonta Prize
19 March 2014
“Female Bosses Are More Engaging Than Male Bosses” Gallup
18 March 2015 Launching of the 2015 courses & coaching groups of the Fix the Leaky Pipeline program. Flash Magazine – EPFL
19 March 2014
Gender equality grant to boost the careers of young women researchers:
As of mid-April, women working in projects or benefiting from career funding schemes at doctoral or postdoctoral level will be entitled to a gender equality grant (up to 1000 CHF/12 months) for measures such as mentoring, coaching or networking meetings.
To be eligible, the women scientists should be beneficiaries of SNSF funding schemes (except  SNSF Prof. and Assist. Prof. Energy Grants), or to work at a Swiss Institution and collaborate in SNSF-funded projects.
SNF Gender Quality Grant
05 March 2014 Marie Heim-Voegtlin fellowships:
The MHV scheme facilitates the integration of women researchers in the academic environment and makes it possible for more women to pursue a scientific career while having family commitments39 MHV grants were awarded in 2013. Next Call: May 2014
Marie Heim-Voegtlin Fellowships
February 2014
SNF Professorships
The SNSF granted 40 new SNSF professorships to outstanding young researchers. The share of women scientists who received an SNSF professorship in 2014 is 45%.This represents a significant increase compared to the previous years (2013: 23%).
SNF Professorships 
12 Dec 2013
2020 – ERC and Marie Sklodowska Curie
Event in Lausanne, 9h30-11h50
8 Nov 2013
 The winner of this year’s Latsis prize awarded by ETH Zurich is Tanja Stadler ETH news
7 Nov 2013 The 2014 program of the Fix the Leaky Pipeline Program will be announced on December 16 2013. Registration will open the same day and will be done online only. FLP
Oct – Nov 2013 Equal!, the office for equal opportunities at ETH Zurich, has actively invested in reconciling the workplace and family for 20 years EQUAL-ETHZ
28 Oct 2013 Nursery provision improves career opportunities for mothers SNF
21 Oct 2013  When careers run up against stereotypes EQUAL-ETHZ