The Scientific Lunch Program

The Concept:

The ETH WPF Scientific Lunch program was designed by an executive board member, Silvia Dorn, to enable respectful interaction among ETH women professors. Senior professors were recruited to host each hour-long lunch, with the host professor making a presentation giving insight into her research and the factors for her success. 

The participation of the senior professors adds an important personal touch, and the subsequent exchange of thoughts following the presentation can be productive, leading to bilateral or broader actions to follow. The lunches also offer a place where female professors can go for advice, given that members of the executive board attend regularly.

ETH WPF Scientific Lunch Meetings 2012 - 2013

Ulrike Lohmann (D-USYS), Monday, December 2, 2013, 12:00-13:00, ETH Zentrum, CHN P 12
Topic: "Up in the Clouds: an exploration of the grand challenges of clouds from microphysical aspect of ice crystal formation to the influence of aerosols and clouds on climate (scientifically and personally)."

Sarah Springman, (D-BAUG), Monday, November 11, 2013, 12:00-13:00, ETH Hönggerberg, HIF B69
Topic: "Moving (the) earth:  research and teaching in geotechnical engineering". Also: Insights into maximizing your chances of appointment and managing how to be a 'first in role'.
Elsbeth Stern, (D-GESS), Thursday, September 19, 2013, 12:00-13:00, ETH Zentrum, UNO A 11
Topic: "Boosting hidden potentials in Science Education."
Renate Schubert (D-GESS), Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 12:00-13:00, ETHZ Zentrum, CLD building, room A1 (Clausiusstrasse 37).
Topic: "Why private households save or don’t save energy".
Viola Vogel (D-HEST), Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 12:00-13:00, Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse 10, Room HCI E 401.
Topic: "How bacteria and cells recognize physical aspects of their environment", a 30 min of exploration on how cells and bacteria exploit proteins as mechano-chemical switches to sense physical properties of materials and of tissue fibers.
Marcella Carollo (D-PHYS), Friday, March 22, 2013, Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse 27, Room HIT J43.1
Topic: "From the Big Bang to the Milky Way", a 30 min of a virtual guided tour through our Universe, in space and time, to learn how structure has developed in 13.5 billion years since the Big Bang.
Gudela Grote (D-MTEC), Monday, April 15, 2013, 12:00-13:00, Weinbergstrasse 56/58, Room J419.
Janet Hering (Director of EAWAG), November 26, 2012, ETH Zentrum, CLA J1
Topic: "Fate and transport of inorganic contaminants in aquatic systems." Also: Insight on the rewards and challenges of academic leadership and into the experience of being a Director of a 450-person Federal Research Institute.
Ursula Keller, (D-PHYS), October 22, 2012, ETH Hönggerberg
Topic: "Research on Ultrafast Lasers and Attosecond science". Included a tour of some of the labs. Insight on how to grow a new high-risk research effort after about 10 years and into the experience of being a Director of NCCR MUST (Molecular Ultrafast Science and Technology).
Silvia Dorn, (D-USYS), September 13, 2012, ETH Zentrum
Topic: "Research and teaching in favour of a more sustainable World Food System. Is there a female perspective in natural science?" In addition "In the labs: odour perception in the brain and behaviour; insects on the move; the successful students' debate. Experience of being Head of an ETH Department"
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