Forthcoming Events

26.03.2018 - 28.03.2018, Hilton Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
22.04.2018 - 26.04.2018, Strasbourg Convention & Exhibition Centre, France


Jean-Pierre Wolf to Receive ZEISS Research Award - for his groundbreaking application of laser pulses in researching the earth’s atmosphere
Three new scientific highlights- by MUST PIs Jean-Pierre Wolf, Majed Chergui / Rafael Abela / Chris Milne and Ursula Keller /Jörg Osterwalder / Matthias Hengsberger
Special Issue of Structural Dynamics on the NCCR MUST- with 10 reviews and 2 perspectives
Majed Chergui elected to the Royal Academy of Sciences of Spain - as successor to Ahmed Zewail (1999 Chemistry Nobel Laureate)
GAP-Biophotonics with Jean-Pierre Wolf-visited by the Grand Conseil of Geneva
ERC Consolidator Grant for Hans Jakob WörnerAttosecond X-ray spectroscopy of liquids ...
ERC Consolidator Grant for Fabrizio CarboneVisualizing the Conformational Dynamics of Proteins ...
Swiss national 'Future Day' offered children a glance into their possible professional futures
The world's shortest laser pulse- pulse duration of 43 attoseconds (Hans Jakob Wörner)
Sicherer durchs Gewitter fliegen- flying safely through lightning (Jean Pierre Wolf)
Maya Widmer, GEMO Widmer, Bern

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

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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