Past mentoring events

accenture: Life science talk, 7 May 2019, 18:00h

Join our interactive talk and learn how we bring Digital and Life Sciences together to lead our customers into the NEW.

Location: ETH Zurich, Room LEE E101 Leonhardstrasse 21 8092 Zurich
Date: 7 May 2019, Time: 18:00 until approx. 20:30h.
Registration closed

feminno „Stammtisch“: 25 April 2019, from 18h

Informal get-together to share ideas, experiences and to have fun!
The “Stammtisch” is open to all feminno members and interested guests
Date: 25.04.2019
Time: from 6 pm
Location: AleHouse (Universitätstrasse 23, 8006 Zürich)
Contact: Ute Budliger

Being resilient: 28 Mar 2019, 12h00

Lecturers: Dalila Schönfeld Psychologist (Msc), coach, trainer & mediator/family-and couple therapist
Location: Universität Basel, Petersplatz 1, Kollegienhaus, room 103

Company visit: LimmaTech Biologics, 21 March 2019, 12:50h

Location: Grabenstrasse 3, 8952 Schlieren
We meet at 12:50 in front of the main entrance to enter as a group and to start on time.
Date: 21.03.2019, Time: 13:00 – 17:00 including Apéro.

Exclusively for feminno participants.

Life-Balance and Academic Careers 26 Feb 2019, 12:00h

Lecturers: Tanja Neve-Seyfarth / Dr. Christiane Löwe, UZH
26.02.2019, 12:00 – 13:00, LEE E101 (ETH Zürich)

Balancing family life and an academic career often is a big and nowadays well-known challenge. In 2016 the UZH signed the Charta "Family Life and Academia" in order to support all UZH members with specific infrastructures, instruments and – what is even more important – with a family friendly culture. But it is not only the institution that should aim for being an optimal place to work. It is – or should be – also a task of each individual to negotiate suitable life balance guidelines at home. For the institution as well as for our private environment unconscious bias plays an important role when it comes to establishing such instruments and a good life-balance culture.

Learning Objectives
• How can I address in case of life-balance related questions within my institution/ outside the university?
• Infrastructures and instruments offered by the universities,  specifically by the UZH
• Instruments to help you communicate/ negotiate at home
• Essential/ crucial issues to think about when dealing with life-balance.

Innovation seminar: Funding your projects 5 Feb 2019

Lecturers: Dr. Andrea Degen
5 Feb 2019, 18:00 – 22:00h, HG F 33.1, ETH Zürich
Credit Points: -

In this workshop we will focus on the most common funding sources of research and/or innovation projects. We will discuss real life use cases of university spin-offs and group leaders in academic structures and how they financed their research or the development of their first product, process or service. Participants will be motivated to go for their own funding in the near future. Universities support will also be presented. Last but not least the trainer – a female entrepreneur -– will try to answer specific questions of the young investigators about assets and how to get organised with a view to successful fundraising (and beyond).
• Sources of funding
• How to find the right funding
• Questions and Answers
Learning Objectives:
Familiarize yourself with the funding landscape and identify a possible funding source

Technologiepark Basel: Industry visit (28 Jan 2019)

Industry visit to the Technologiepark Basel

28 Jan 2019

Innovation seminar: Where does innovation come from? (22 Jan 2019)

Lecturers: Dr. Cornelia Fürstenberger (Unitectra), Dr. Andrea Degen (eurelations)
22 Jan 2019,  18:00 – 22:00, HG F 33.1 ETH Zürich
Credit Points: 0
Flyer (PDF, 78 KB)

2018 Mentoring events

High-impact science communication in the 21st century (6 Dec 2018)

High-impact science communication in the 21st century – a Cell Press perspective.

We live in a rapidly changing (science publishing) world with exponential growth of data and increasing challenges, such as keeping up with the scientific literature and getting published in the first place. Another challenge for early career academics is to identify all long-term career options, such as working as scientific editor.

Susanne Brink, the editor of Trend in Plant Sciences and Cell Press will address these challenges by sharing her insights as an editor on 1) how to get published in top tier journals and 2) what it takes to become a scientific editor.

Mentoring event of the Plant Science Center on how to publish & how to become a scientific editor.

6 Dec 2018, ETH Zurich, LEE E 101, 9:15–11:00
Lecturer: Susanne Brink
Flyer (PDF, 690 KB)

What I need to know before applying for a job in the industry (3 Dec 2018)

Lecturer: Dr. Roger Gfrörer
3 Dec 2018, 12:00 – 13:00, HG E 23 ETH Zürich
Credit Points: -
Course Description: Information and discussion about Career Readiness
Course Program
Introduction of the framework
Presentation of tools to gain Career Readiness Discussion, questions and answers
Learning Objectives
Know how to structure your career engagement Know some tools
Get answers to your questions

2-day Innovation workshop (19 & 20 Nov 2018)

Love the problem, not the solution! Your kit for a successful StartUp. In this two day workshop we will learn how to test your business idea by using the lean StartUp method.

Lecturer: Isabelle Siegrist
Venue: ETH ieLab, Stampfenbachstrasse 52, Zurich

Flyer (PDF, 74 KB)

Company visit to Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd, 1 Nov 2018, 11:15h

11:00 Meet at visitor entrance, Hegenheimermattweg 95, Allschwil
11:15 Lunch with Actelion employees -> Networking event!
11:45 Welcome Monika Brand
11.50 Presentation feminno Ute Budliger
12.00 Presentation and Q&A Jane Griffiths (CEO)
12.15 Presentation and Q&A Céline Salavert
12.30 Presentation and Q&A Lilla di Scala
12.45 Break
13.00 Presentation and Q&A Els Vandecandelaere (feminno only)
13:30 End of visit

What is needed in industry? – Panel discussion: 23 Oct 2018

Meet four professionals from the industry and learn more about their careers and the different job roles in the life sciences. In a panel discussion, these people will give you insight into their jobs, talk about their everyday life and what it takes to enter industry.

This is the chance to ask your questions and get tips on career choices and career entry. Also, on the agenda: their experiences as a parent in industry and how they manage job and family.

This panel discussion is part of the feminno program, and is open to all female students from Life Science Graduate School and PSC.
Please register through doodle:

ETH Zürich KOF, 18:00–19:30 h, followed by an apéro and networking

Company visit: BIOREBA AG in Reinach BL, 5 July 2018

2-day Negotiation Training (5-6 June 2018)

Lecturer: Dr. Ella Roininen
Date: 5-6 June 2018, 09:00h, Room: ETH Zurich, CLA J 1
Credit Points: 1 ECTS
Contact: Ute Budliger

feminno Negotiation Training abstract (PDF, 88 KB)

• Why are diverse teams more successful?

feminno Lunch Talk
1 June 2018, 12:15 – 13:15 h,
University of Basel, Kollegiengebäude Petersplatz 1, Room 035

With Klaus Gehmann, Syngenta Agro AG, Basel
Since 31 years with Syngenta and predecessor companies. Various leadership positions in Research & Development at global and country level. Currently working for Africa & Middle East.
The talk will be followed by a discussion and time for networking. Sandwiches and refreshments will be provided.
The event aims to create awareness about equal opportunities and work environments where men and women may pursue a fulfilling career.

Contact: Dr. Ute Budliger, program coordinator feminno

This lunch talk is part of the feminno career program for women in Life Sciences.
The lunchtime discussions deal with the framework conditions for an active and equal career for highly qualified female academics.

• Innovation seminars (5 workshops)

Dates: May 2, 5, 16, 23. Closing event on 9 July
Time: 18:00 – 22:00h
Location: HG F 33.1 (ETH Zürich)
Sandwiches will be provided.
Course Program
2 May: Where does innovation come from? Introduction to the basic principles of innovation management. Can your idea generate products?
Dr. Andrea Degen (eurelations), Dr. Janine Antonov (Unitectra)

8 May: Gender-based perspectives in the innovation process
Does my idea offer gender-based application scenarios?
Nicole Schaffer (Schaffer Research, Wien)

16 May: Business canvas and other tools. How to apply these tools to develop and present marketable prototypes
Dominik Wensauer (TechBridge)

23 May: Financing your project. Presentation of various European and Swiss start-up
financing instruments.
Dr. Andrea Degen (eurelations)

9 July: Closing event – Participants present ideas and innovation ecosystems (5 min each)
Dr. Sharon James, Global Head of Innovation & Development (Bayer Consumer Health)
Learning Objectives
Development of an innovation ecosystem to mature ideas into innovation
Individual Performance and Assessment
Presentation of innovation ecosystem

• Life-Balance and Academic Careers, 18 May 2018

12:00 – 13:00 h, ETH Zürich, room LEE E101.

Tanja Neve-Seyfarth / Dr. Christiane Löwe, UZH, speakers
Input, discussion, ppt presentation. Sandwiches and refreshments will be provided.
Registration closed

Contact: Ute Budlinger

• Company visit: Pricewaterhouse Coopers, 3 Mai 2018, 15:00-19:00h

Location: Birchstrasse 160, 8050 Zürich,
We meet in front of the main entrance at 14:45h to get our batches etc.

• Introduction to PwC and to feminno
• Gender diversity at PwC
• Health Industries (Healthcare and Pharma Life Sciences) - the industry, our people,
our clients, case studies etc
• Apero
Increase your understanding about work and career opportunities at PwC with the focus on gender specific topics, working models, careers in Research & Development. Further, participants should reach out to the employees, discuss their innovative ideas, and build their network.
Participants should mind their individual Action Plan!
Number of participants: feminno only

• 2-day Leadership Training (7-8 March 2018)

Lecturers: Dr. Olga Pardo, Martin Ghisletti
Date: 7-8 March 2018, 09:00h, Room: ETH Zurich, CLA J 1
Credit Points: 1 ECTS
Contact: Ute Budliger

feminno Leadership Training abstract (PDF, 119 KB)

• Lunch talk, 18 April 2018

What I need to know when applying for a job in the industry

Lecturer: Dr. Roger Gfrörer. Download presentation (PDF, 2267 KB)

ETH Zürich, room LEE E101, 12:00 – 13:00 h

Information and discussion about career readiness.
Sandwiches and refreshments will be provided.
Contact: Ute Budliger

2017 Mentoring events

  • Welcome Event, 18 Sept 2017

Presentation slides (PDF, 3220 KB) (How to enroll in PSC, DissGo, ETCS, transcript of records, etc).

Interesting websites on how to improve your teaching skills. (PDF, 220 KB)

  • Public engagement with science (April 2017)

In a mini symposium, students learned about the relevance and approaches of public engagement with science. During the symposium, they discuss what can be gained for science in general and for research projects of participants. In addition to the symposium, two public future forums on sustainable agriculture were conducted withe the involved participants. PhD students admitted. Course description (PDF, 215 KB)

2016 Mentoring events

  • Industry visit: Frutarom, Wädenswil, 7 Nov 2016. Established in 1933, Frutarom is a rapidly growing global flavor and fine ingredients company. It is rated among the ten leading companies in the world in the field of flavors & fragrances. The site in Wädenswil focuses on health solutions. Here, plants are important for the creation of new ingredients.
  • Science & Policy Mentoring: Careers in Science or Policy, or both? (20 Sep – 6 Dec) This course offers perspectives on possible career paths at the interface of science and policy. It is structured as input-talks, followed by rounds of discussion. Recent graduates, including PSC PhD program “Science and Policy” alumni and more senior professionals will present their career paths in government, politics, NGOs or private companies. Guest speakers: Simon Briner (FOAG); Franziska Humair (FOEN); Claudia Boelter (KWS SAAT AG); Sabine Perch-Nielsen (Ernst Basler + Partner); François Meienberg (Public Eye); Friedrich Wulf (Pro Natura, Friends of the Earth); Dominik Klauser (Syngenta Foundation); Eva Spehn (SCNAT); Michele Garfinkel (EMBO); Thomas Marty (Berinfor AG); Thomas Brooks (IUCN) and Claude Garcia (ETHZ, CIRAD).
  • Welcome event for new PSC PhD Students at ETH Zurich & University of Zurich (7 Sep)
  • Industry visit: Ricola, Laufen (BL), 16 June 2016. Opportunity to visit the family owned company that produces the most famous swiss sweets. The group visited the production and packaging site as well as the herb center, where the famous 13 herbs are processed before extration.
  • Diversity Management course, 24–25 May 2016. How do you manage the diversity of staff in your research group, how do you deal with gender and cultural differences? How do you build a good working atmosphere to boost the performance of your group? Lecturers: Dr Hilde Janssens (trainer & consultant in science, Austria) and Dr Monika Clausen (Dr Monika Clausen & Netzwerkpartner, Switzerland). Target audience:  Advanced postdocs, group leaders, starting group leaders and junior principal investigators.
  • Lunch Brown Bag: How to prepare for an ERC grant application in 2017 with Switzerland as a Third Party (29 Mar 2016), with Dr Andrea Degen, Eurelations AG
  • Lunch Brown Bag: How to apply for a job in the Industry (1 Mar 2016), with Roger Gfrörer from the Career Service UZH

2015 Mentoring events

  • Welcome to new PSC PhD Students at ETH Zurich & University of Zurich (15 Sept)
  • Industry visit KWS, Einbeck, Germany (9-11 Sept)
  • Industry visit to the Syngenta facilities, Stein, Switzerland (27 Aug), before the PSC Syngenta Symposium

2014 Mentoring events

  • Welcome to new PSC PhD Students at ETH Zurich & University of Zurich (2 Oct)
  • Welcome to new PSC PhD Students at University of Basel (12 Nov)
  • Lunchtime Workshop, Accessing resources to improve teaching skills - how to get meaningful experience (14 Oct)
  • Lunchtime Workshop, Introduction to PhD Program in Science & Policy (21 Oct)