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LS2 Annual Meeting 2015

"Light: from the basis of life to life science technologies"
(2015, UNESCO Year of Light)

January 29-30, 2015 (Campus Irchel, University of Zurich)

Registration: is now open!!!

Prof. Claus Azzalin (ETH, Zurich)
Prof. Benoît Kornmann (ETH, Zurich)
Prof. Paola Picotti (ETH, Zurich)

Scientific Committe:
Prof. Federica Sallusto (IRB, Bellinzona)
Prof. Josef Jiricny (UZH)
Prof. Julia Vorholt (ETH, Zurich)
Prof. Maurizio Molinari (IRB, Bellinzona)
Prof. Mohamed Bentires-Alj (FMI, Basel)
Prof. Oliver Mühlemann (UNIBE)
Prof. Markus Aebi (ETH, Zurich)
Prof. Emi Nagoshi (UNIBE)
Prof. Anne Spang (UNIBAS)
Prof. Eilika Weber-Ban (ETHZ)

Dr Anna Brandenburg (Life Sciences Switzerland - LS2)
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LS2 Annual Meeting 2014

February 4 and 5, 2014 in Lausanne (AmphiMax, UNIL)

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Prof. Richard Benton (Center for Integrative Genomics, UNIL)

D. Julie Deuquet (Life Sciences Switzerland - LS2)
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"Women in Science" contest

The proportion of female tenured professors in the life sciences in Switzerland is less than 20%. You are in charge of improving women’s representation. What would you do first?

This contest has been sponsored by : EPFL - Office for Equal Opportunities

The three selected laureates are :

Prof. Sandra Citi (UNIGE)

The first thing I would do would be oblige all male and female professors sitting on hiring and promotion committees to become aware of their own biases against women in science by taking the psychological tests of the Project Implicit of Harvard University (Gender-Science Implicit Association Test, https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/Study?tid=-1).

Kanako Otomo (UNIGE)

The low representation of female professors in science is not due to women’s lack of skills or experiences, but more due to lack of support and infrastructure, and gender biases, as elucidated by Moss-Racusin. To improve this situation, I would create a “Women in Science” support group at universities. At regular meetings, mentors would encourage students to stay in academia, help deal with discriminations and discouragements, and give advice on family and career issues. Additionally, the group would keep the hiring committee informed on discriminations and encourage gender-equal evaluations. Finally, on-campus childcare would persuade more women to stay in science.

Moss-Racusin, C. A., Dovidio, J. F., Brescoll, V. L., Graham, M., & Handelsman, J. (2012).  Science faculty’s subtle gender biases favor male students. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109, 16474-16479.

Maria-Alejandra Parreno (UNIL)

Educate men to respect women as equal scientific peers and to fight conjunctly for equal rights. When men acknowledge family tasks as shared responsibilities and women as productive members of the scientific community, then the main obstacles for women disappear and their participation is naturally encouraged. Issues such as having to choose between a family and a job or being discriminated into high positions should be tacked with an integral action plan: education on gender equality since initial level, establishment of networks and symposiums in which women share their projects and review of maternity leave, child care and salary regulations