Paths to a professorship

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For students and researchers trying to plan their future careers, the paths taken by current professors can provide good role models. Insights into diverse contemporary academic careers are very valuable tools in this process.

Inspiring Conversations with Women Professors by Anna M. Garry, published in spring 2019, offers a compact look at the different career paths that female professors have taken in fields such as mathematics, computer science, the natural sciences and technology. The 23 professors interviewed in the book have different family backgrounds, and they come from 11 countries spanning Europe and South America, as well as the USA, Russia and China. Sixteen of them now have professorships at ETH Zurich. Their childhoods, educations and career steps in different countries have shaped the curriculum vitae of these successful female researchers. They openly discuss their individual career and family decisions, which makes for reading that is both interesting and entertaining.

The book is available in Swiss bookshops such as Orell Füssli and on Amazon website


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