Forthcoming Events

01.06.2017 - 02.06.2017, European XFEL, Schenefeld, Germany
12.07.2017 - 15.07.2017, Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL). DESY in Hamburg, Germany
16.07.2017 - 21.07.2017, Churchill College, Cambridge University, UK


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
La lumière en lumière- received the PRIX ROBERVAL 2016
The making of a bacteriorhodopsin movie- using time-resolved serial femtosecond crystallography
Retaining Postdoc Mothers in an Academic Career- OPN column by Ursula Keller and Anna Garry
Ambizione grant awarded to Rajeswari Jayaraman- postdoc in Fabrizio Carbone’s group
Fitting wizard published- A Toolkit to Fit Nonbonded Parameters from and for Condensed Phase Simulations
ERC Starting Grant for Rachel GrangeStrategies to enhance nonlinear optical signal in oxide nanomaterials to avoid using high power sources

Retaining Postdoc Mothers in an Academic Career

Many female postdocs do not return to academia after their position ends. One way to increase retention could be fellowships specifically geared to the needs of postdocs who are also mothers.

Here, we introduce the idea of competitive fellowships for postdoc mothers that enable them to pay for a Ph.D. student or early postdoc researcher, whom they will then supervise while in the early stages of motherhood. Such grants, we believe, could help these scientists maintain ties to their labs, their research, and their academic career path during a period of significant personal transition.

Ursula Keller, Physics professor at ETH Zürich and Anna Garry, NCCR MUST Outreach Officer, ETH Zürich outline a proposal designed to retain women scientists in an academic career.

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