EO measures destined to young female researchers

Promotion of equality starts with the doctorate. In 2011, 73 percent of LIVES doctoral candidates were women. However, women represent only 38 percent of the NCCR's advanced researchers.

As beginning researchers, women doctoral candidates are the first to benefit from measures implemented by LIVES to enhance the development of their academic career. There are many measures for assisting doctoral candidates along their way.

The various equality offices in academia are implementing a large number of programmes to promote equality and support the next generation of women.

  • Mentoring network of French-speaking Switzerland: for women finishing their doctorate or recently hired for academic and/or scientific posts in French-speaking Switzerland.
  • REGARD workshops: continuous training workshops for women in academia and at the University of applied sciences in French-speaking Switzerland.
  • Dual Career Couples: for couples where both partners have university degrees or equivalent, and wish to pursue an academic career at a Swiss university.
  • “Tremplin” grants/subsidies (UNIL, UNIGE): for doctoral candidates who are completing their thesis, post-doctoral candidates, lecturers and instructors who do not have tenure and are aiming for an academic career. The candidates must hold a paid position at a Swiss university).
  • Mentoring the next generation of academics: For women who are doctoral candidates or associate teaching staff and/or post-doctoral candidates at the University of Geneva. The doctoral candidates must have begun their dissertation at least two years previously.
  • StartingDoc: This programme teaches you how to manage the start of the dissertation, how not to fall behind, and how to stay motivated, organized, and not get lost. For women starting their doctorates at the universities of Lausanne, Geneva, Neuchâtel and Fribourg, and at the EPFL. This programme ended in 2016.

More information on the doctoral and post-doctoral programs, academic careers and their alternatives, etc., is also available at the Portal for young academics.

Additionally, the equality offices of the colleges of applied sciences in French- and Italian-speaking Switzerland (BULA) have created an FAQ section (in French) that answers common questions on topics such as maternity, career, flexitime at work and school, etc.