Forthcoming Events

05.09.2022 - 09.09.2022, Iseolago hotel, Iseo, Italy.


MUST2022 Conference- a great success!
New scientific highlights- by MUST PIs Wörner, Chergui, and Richardson
FELs of Europe prize for Jeremy Rouxel- “Development or innovative use of advanced instrumentation in the field of FELs”
Ruth Signorell wins Doron prizefor pioneering contributions to the field of fundamental aerosol science
New FAST-Fellow Uwe Thumm at ETH- lectures on Topics in Femto- and Attosecond Science
International Day of Women and Girls in Science- SSPh asked female scientists about their experiences
New scientific highlight- by MUST PIs Milne, Standfuss and Schertler
EU XFEL Young Scientist Award for Camila Bacellar,beamline scientist and group leader of the Alvra endstation at SwissFEL
Prizes for Giulia Mancini and Rebeca Gomez CastilloICO/IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Optics & Ernst Haber 2021
Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to RESOLV Member Benjamin List- for the development of asymmetric organocatalysis
NCCR MUST at Scientifica 2021- Lightning, organic solar cells, and virtual molecules
#NCCRWomen- NCCR MUST celebrates 50 years women’s right to vote in Switzerland

OPN Column February 2016

OPN Column February 2016

Finding Success as a Dual Career Couple, Natalie Banerji

Natalie Banerji, Professor of Physical Chemistry, University of Fribourg, Switzerland talks about how "A scientific career in academia can present a young researcher with the challenge of juggling work life and personal life—especially when their partner is also an academic, working in the same discipline."

Managing the dual-career problem, or the two-body problem, is one that often faces young scientists who seek to pursue a career in academia and science. Professor Banerji outlines the issues that faced her and her partner in pursuing their careers and how the steps taken to reach a resolution.

In my case, my partner was not a fellow student, but a tenured lecturer at my university (University of Geneva, Switzerland).After completing a postdoctoralfellowship, things can get complicated if you and your partner both decide to pursue a faculty position. We started dating at the beginning of my Ph.D. program. I have always been extremely career-driven, so giving up my career to stay local was simply not an option, and he hadno plans to move. For a while, I considered changing my career orientation to school teaching. After trying it for a year (part-time, in parallelto my Ph.D. research), I ultimately decided dealing with teenagers was not for me. Instead, I chose a two-year postdoctoral program in the United States at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I had a wonderful time in California and never regretted my decision to go without my partner. Our relationship survived through Skype calls and frequent visits. (full article below)

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Professor Natalie Banerji
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