Ursula Keller wins “Swiss Nobel” Marcel Benoist Prize- for pioneering work in ultrafast lasers
MUST2022 Conference- a great success!
New scientific highlights- by MUST PIs Wörner, Chergui, and Richardson
FELs of Europe prize for Jeremy Rouxel- “Development or innovative use of advanced instrumentation in the field of FELs”
Ruth Signorell wins Doron prizefor pioneering contributions to the field of fundamental aerosol science
New FAST-Fellow Uwe Thumm at ETH- lectures on Topics in Femto- and Attosecond Science
International Day of Women and Girls in Science- SSPh asked female scientists about their experiences
New scientific highlight- by MUST PIs Milne, Standfuss and Schertler
EU XFEL Young Scientist Award for Camila Bacellar,beamline scientist and group leader of the Alvra endstation at SwissFEL
Prizes for Giulia Mancini and Rebeca Gomez CastilloICO/IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Optics & Ernst Haber 2021
Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to RESOLV Member Benjamin List- for the development of asymmetric organocatalysis
NCCR MUST at Scientifica 2021- Lightning, organic solar cells, and virtual molecules

Why did you seize the initiative to improve the situation of women in the natural sciences? Which of your personal qualifications, characteristics and skills were decisive for this step?

I’m one of those people that are always being cited and mobilized globally as a role model in this area. When I look at other successful women, I see strong personalities with well-above-average abilities and exceptional, frustration-proof tenacity. In many cases, they were also fortunate enough to marry men who take equally responsibility for parenting. If we were to apply these criteria – strong personality, above-average abilities, etc. – for male professors, then we’d have fewer male professors too. That means we’re currently only using a subgroup of the female talent pool, which we could significantly enrich if the framework were made more favorable.
Interestingly, most women in positions similar to mine are well informed about these issues. That’s because they’ve also realized that something’s not quite right, and they’ve developed this awareness. By reading the literature, they can see that it’s not just them: that helps you not to take personally remarks like “not nice enough”, “too aggressive” or “too assertive”, and to distance yourself. The survivors I mentioned earlier either have this ability or are fighters who just “stick to it”.
Why did I personally seize the initiative? That’s doubtless a result of my personal experience, my determination to improve the situation for the next generation of women, and the fact that in my role as Director of NCCR MUST I also had an explicit mandate and was given the necessary personnel resources to do so.
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