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08.10.2017 - 13.10.2017, Jackson Hole, WY, USA
29.11.2017 - 01.12.2017, European XFEL, Schenefeld / CFEL, Hamburg
30.11.2017 - 01.12.2017, European XFEL, Schenefeld, Germany

News

Ambizione awards for three current and former MUST researchers- Axel Schild, Arianna Marchioro and Dmitry Momotenko
Successful Gender and Science Meeting 2017- 80 participants, lively discussions, and inspiring talks
OSA - Women of Light: A Special Program for Women in Optics, with Ursula Keller
Gender and Science Meeting 2017- organised by the NCCR MUST and RESOLV
STC2017 - Big data in chemistry - Basel- Deadline for registration August 1
Führen in Hochschulen- new book by Springer, including an interview with Ursula Keller by Andrea Eichholzer
Special issue of Chimia - on The Lausanne Centre for Ultrafast Science (LACUS)
Weizmann Women and Science Awardto Prof. Ursula Keller
An ultrafast X-ray source in a laboratory format- New Science paper by Hans Jakob Wörner, Jean-Pierre Wolf and co-workers
A Journey into Time in Powers of Ten- exhibition in Campus Info, ETH Hönggerberg, Sept. - Dec. 2016
Maya Widmer, GEMO Widmer, Bern

Title of presentation: Kissing the Frog: A Brief History of Gender Equality in Europe
Maya Widmer 13Sept2017

Abstract:
The European Commission started dealing with the issue of “women in science” in the 1990’s. At that time, there was only a suspicion that there could be a problem. No statistics existed yet to show that only a limited number of women was engaged in research, and only a few at the top. This talk will explore the activities of the European Commission and the history of gender equality at the Swiss National Science Foundation. I will analyse the activities undertaken and the policies introduced. Whenever possible, I will provide an assessment of the effectiveness and appropriateness of the gender equality measures over the last decades, including a reflection on what worked and what did not.


Short biography:
After graduating in German and English studies at the University of Zurich, she worked as scientific assistant, editor and education expert. She lectured, among others, at the universities of Zurich and Basel. She coordinated the Federal Program for Equal Opportunities at Swiss Universities from 2001 to 2004. Since then she has been a member of its steering committee until 2016. From 2004 until 2016 Maya Widmer has been in charge of gender equality in the research funding process at the Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF. During this time she has been a member of the Helsinki Group and she is now alternate member of the standing working group on Gender in Research and Innovation of the European Research Area and Innovation Committee (ERAC). From 2006 to 2007 she chaired the expert group on “Women in Research Decision Making” established by the European Commission. She has also been a member Science Europe`s working group on Gender and Diversity from its start in 2014 until 2017. Following her early retirement in 2016, Maya Widmer is now working as an independent senior advisor on gender and more in higher education (GEMO Widmer). In this function she was, among others, an advisor to the European Institute of Gender Equality (EIGE).
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