Mentoring & Career Development

Mentoring services

PhD students and postdocs are welcome to join the PSC mentoring program that supplements the PSC training programs.

The PSC Mentoring for Research Impact Initiative aims to help students tap into existing resources and optimize their efforts in career development, teaching, science communication, and policy impact.

Past mentoring events

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feminno offers mentoring and career development for female scientists and young professionals interested in innovation.

What can you expect?

Experienced career advisers, coaches, innovation experts and executives from successful life-science enterprises share their work experience and will inspire the participants to pro-actively mature their ideas and with this their personal development

Target group

feminno addresses female PhD students and postdocs fellows from Life Sciences working at a Swiss University and with a keen interest in innovation.

Female professionals and alumnae holding a Master’s degree can join through the
School of Continuing Education at ETH Zurich.

How to apply

If you would like to be part of the mentoring and career development for female scientists interested in innovation, apply for the next programme (September 2021 – February 2022).

The 5th call:
•    will open on 7 June 2021
•    will close on 30 July 2021
•    Notification of acceptance on 16 August 2021

For more information and application:

This project is supported by the University of Zurich, ETH Zurich and several companies (tba).

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Successful Innovation – A Guideline for Female Scientists in the Life Sciences at Swiss Universities.
Ute Budliger and Melanie Paschke (eds.).
With contributions by: Ute Budliger, Manuela Dahinden, Carl Emerson, Roger Gfroerer, Daniela Gunz, Christiane Löwe, Tanja Neve-Seyfarth, Melanie Paschke, Isabelle Siegrist, Carolin Strobl.
Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center, 2020.

These guidelines are for women in life sciences who are looking for encouragement and want to make use of their drive and know-how and competences to assess the potential of their own ideas. The authors strongly believe that the conditions for female scientists to become entrepreneurs have never been better.

Nothing should hold women back from the conviction that their ideas have value and that they MUST consequently enter the marketplace for e.g. Switzerland to remain competitive, and for society to grow in gender equality. Women-owned Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are reported to be growing at a faster rate than the economy as a whole in several OECD countries. However, the removal of a number of obstacles would allow their potential to be fully tapped.

These guidelines were developed as a helpful tool for female scientists, entrepreneurs, educators, coaches and all those involved in gender equality.