Forthcoming Events

29.11.2017 - 01.12.2017, European XFEL, Schenefeld / CFEL, Hamburg
30.11.2017 - 01.12.2017, European XFEL, Schenefeld, Germany
05.12.2017 - 07.12.2017, Adriatico Guesthouse in Grignano, Trieste


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)
Successful Gender and Science Meeting 2017- 80 participants, lively discussions, and inspiring talks, news item on D-PHYS
ERC Starting Grant for Ulrich LorenzVisualizing the Conformational Dynamics of Proteins ...
Ambizione awards for three current and former MUST researchers- Axel Schild, Arianna Marchioro and Dmitry Momotenko
OSA - Women of Light: A Special Program for Women in Optics, with Ursula Keller
Gender and Science Meeting 2017- news item on D-PHYS website
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

MUST Support

Studying, Family matters, Childcare, Dual Careers at MUST Universities

This page gives you weblinks to important offices at your university in relation studying as a Ph.D., working as a Postdoc, or scientist. We also list advice offices on family matters, childcare provision and dual careers.

SNSF Gender Equality Grant

The gender equality grant is aimed at young women researchers funded by the SNSF on career funding schemes (eg.Doctoral and Postdoc Mobility grants) and working under SNSF research funding. See guidelines below . It offers them additional individualised and flexible support for their career development. An eligible person receives CHF 1000 per 12 months' approved project running time. The grant may be used to finance career support measures but does not cover family support measures. N.B It is not available to women scientists whose funding comes from an NCCR.

The application procedure is found on the SNSF website. The guidelines showing eligibility can be downloaded here.

SNSF Special Measures: mobility grant and 120% support grant for PhD students and Postdocs

The SNSF has extended both of its Special Measures awards to PhD students and Postdocs: mobility grants in projects for PhD students/Postdocs, and 120% support grants for PostDocs and PhD students with small children, who have not begun compulsory education (incl. compulsory Kindergarden).

The general regulations about these initiatives are provided by the SNSF, while the decision about the funding is taken by the NCCR management. Please submit the completed application forms to the NCCR MUST Office.

FYI, the SNSF has decided to modify its salary policy as of 2014. The new features will include a simplified structure with only three employee categories (postdocs/ doctoral students/other employees) and new arrangements for postdocs whose salaries are paid by the SNSF. In particular, the salaries for PhD students will be increased by about 7% on average as of 2014. According to the SNSF-Regulations PostDocs are eligible for financial support for 5 years after obtaining the PhD.

SNSF Marie Heim-Vögtlin (MHV) grants

MHV grants are aimed at female doctoral students and postdocs in Switzerland who had to interrupt or reduce their research activities due to family commitments. Thanks to MHV grants, candidates can boost or re-start their career with a research project of their own and improve their scientific profile.

ETH Zurich

A wide range of services are offered by the Human Resources office and further useful information can be found from the Equal office. The ETH now offers financial support for 10-15 doctoral or post-doctoral researchers per year: Docs and post-docs with children younger than 18 months can be supported financially for up to 3’000 CHF, if they present their research results at an important conference that will cause additional childcare costs (Robert Gnehm Grants for Conference Attendance: Gnehm Regulations).
Broad information on childcare in Zurich and at ETH Zurich is given by the Office of Faculty Affairs. The Uni Zurich and ETH Zurich day care provision is found on the Kihz website.
ETH Zurich also has a Dual Career office.

Uni Bern

The International Office at Uni Bern gives very comprehensive information on family matters. There is also advice in the case of Dual Careers. The Equal Opportunities Office provides another useful source (in German).

Uni Basel

The Portal for International Researchers in Basel provides weblinks to all the important offices at Uni Basel: human resources, international affairs, EU grants, research information, technology transfer, promotion of young academics and equal opportunities.
There is a Kinderkrippe at Uni Basel and Kids & Co provide 8 daycare centers across Basel.


The EPFL Human Resources website provides a comprehensive service to its employees (in French). The Equal Opportunities office has information for young children, as well as students, academics and professors. Detailed information on childcare and daycare centres are found through the Office of Student Affairs and the Equal Opportunities office.
A consortium of 5 French and Italian speaking Universities (including EPFL) have established a Dual Career advice service Carriere 2 .

University of Fribourg

The Human Resources Website provides full information for University of Fribourg employees on possibilities for work and education and training. The Equality Opportunity Office has a range of services to support its young female and male researchers: the dual career service, the mentoring facilites for women students and researchers and for EU Research Proposals. Information on childcare, creches and school services are found on the International Office Website.

Uni Geneva

The weblinks to the International Office, exchange programs, and academic networks are found on Uni Geneva home page. The Geneva Welcome Center also provides practical information  on family Life, including child care centers and schools.
The Equal Opportunities Office gives a broad range of advice for student, Ph.D.s and postdocs (in French).

University of Neuchâtel

The Service de l'égalité des chances (in French) at the University provides information for students, researchers and families on the facilities at Neuchâtel. They have created a brochure for future parents and their managers called Parentalité. A website giving academic advice to PhD students and is also in place - brochures on "Getting Started with your Thesis" and "Beyond the
Doctorate" in English, French, and German.


The Equal Opportunities Office at the PSI is organized by a group of six female and seven male employees working for flexibility in the workplace, women's leadership in science and technical positions and bettering the work-life balance. The website (in German) gives information on the childcare, schooling and important themes in equal opportunity. The PSI offers it staff professional kindergarten services on site.

Uni Zurich

The information on the websites for Human Resources and Equal Opportunities at Uni Zurich is mainly in German, but there is comprehensive information in English given by the International Relations Office for Ph.D.s, postdocs and incoming professors.
Daycare is provided through the joint Uni Zurich and ETH Zurich provision and is found on the Kihz website.
NCCR MUST Office : ETHZ IQE/ULP-HPT H3 | Auguste-Piccard-Hof 1 | 8093 Zurich | E-Mail | +41 44 633 36 02
The National Centres of Competence in Research (NCCR) are a research instrument of the Swiss National Science Foundation