Advancement of Women

Professional Associations

The associations listed below offer network platform, interesting activities, information and specific training opportunities.

Schweizerische Vereinigung der Ingenieurinnen

FachFrauen Umwelt - FFU

SwisswoMEMclub: Networking für Frauen aus der Maschinen-, Elektro- und Metallindustrie
        - Janique Luyet, Ressortleiterin Arbeitgeberpolitik, Swissmem,,


Equal Opportunity Offices

at ETH       Equal!

at EPFL     Equal Opportunities Office

at USI        Equal Opportunities Service


Carrier development support for young scientists

PRIMA - A new SNF funding instrument for female postdoctoral students
PRIMA grants are aimed at excellent female researchers from Switzerland and abroad who aspire to a professorship in Switzerland. PRIMA grantees lead their own research project at a Swiss higher education institution. They work independently and have a team of their own.
                 find out more about PRIMA

Fix the Leaky Pipeline - a career building program for women in science
The Fix the Leaky Pipeline program offers young female scientists (PhD students, PhDs and others) the opportunity to reflect on their professional situations, develop a strategy for embarking or continuing on their career paths, receive targeted further training, and extend their personal and scientific networks.
fix-the-leaky-pipeline - courses and events

Marie Heim-Vögtlin – Promotion of women
Marie Heim-Vögtlin (MHV) grants are aimed at female researchers who have had to interrupt or reduce their scientific activities for family reasons. The grants enable them to restart or continue their research at a Swiss higher education institution and to improve their scientific profile. Submission deadline: 2 August 2015!

New family support measures for Postdocs from the SNF: 120% support grant
In its Action Plan 2013-2016, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) places an emphasis on ensuring that a sufficient number of young scientists come to the fore in Switzerland. One corresponding measure is the new "120% support grant", which enables postdocs to stay on track with their academic career despite family commitments.

SCCER-FURIES Mentoring Program