International Day of Women and Girls in Science

How can we motivate the young , especially girls, to enter the world of science and technology? That would be a good way to overcome the shortage of skilled workers. SATW is taking the International Day of Women and Girls in Science as an opportunity to ask women why women absolutely must enter this world.

Clelia Bieler,
Geschäftsführerin Frau MINT, Bern

Don’t fix the women, fix society! Frauen in der Wissenschaft müssen nicht gefördert, sondern ernst genommen werden. Fördern wir lieber eine offene und tolerante Wissenschafts-Community.

Eva Buchs,
Communication & Events Space Innovation

Participer à la science, c’est nous permettre de mieux comprendre notre monde. Ouvrir la science aux femmes, c’est favoriser la diversité et les nouvelles perspectives dans notre monde d’aujourd’hui!

Chloé Carrière, aka Galactic Chloé,
EPFL, Space@yourService / Space Innovation

Ne vous mettez pas vos propres barrières ! Les opportunités sont là : soyez passionnées et n’hésitez pas à toquer aux portes pour sortir des sentiers battus.

Corinne Charbonnel,
Professeure ordinaire à l'Université de Genève et Directrice de recherche au CNRS

Sans vous, nous nous amputons de la moitié de la puissance intellectuelle de l’humanité. Ce gâchis est impossible face aux défis scientifiques et environnementaux que nous devons urgemment affronter.

Professeure Maria Colombo,
Chair of  AMCV, EPFL

I wish you to fully enjoy the deep beauty of science. Don’t fear the difficulties, but look for inspiration in positive role models and think you could be the next one!"

 

Grace M. Crain,
Doctoral Researcher, Group of Plant Nutrition ETH Zurich

I firmly believe representation matters! Fiction or non-fiction! Women bring new perspectives and ideas. My advice to any young girl interested in science - remain curious and ask lots of questions!

Serena Danesi,
Senior Research Associate, ZHAW

Il mio consiglio è di seguire semplicemente la propria passione: è la propria testa che conta, le differenze di sesso o cultura o età rappresentano solo un arricchimento nel lavorare insieme.

Kristina Djordjevic,
Bsc, Junior Scientist, HLS an der FHNW, Msc Studentin Medical Informatics an der FHNW

Es braucht ganz einfach mehr Frauen in der Wissenschaft, weil es im Moment zu wenige sind.

Dr. Emiliana Fabbri,
Scientist and PRIMA Grantee, Paul Scherrer Institut

Be yourself. Be what to want to be.

Equal opportunities means to me that everyone has the same chances, and naturally men and women could pursue every job. This obviously brings diversification. To prove that a diversified group of scientists/professors/leaders has the edge over a group of all men or women, we need to create such diversified groups. Our beliefs are largely based on real experiences, and thus only having women in science will show that this is a benefit for all.

 

Kathrin Fenner,
Prof., Eawag, Dübendorf & Universität Zürich

Oft balancieren Wissenschaftlerinnen viele verschiedene Ansprüche in ihrem Leben. Ich denke, dass ihnen das die Ein- und Weitsicht gibt, gute Wissenschaft und Wissenschaft zum Wohle aller zu pflegen.

Dr. Laura Alvarez Frances, Stefan Stanko,
Department of Materials, ETH Zürich

We encourage young women scientists to get inspiration and support from other female colleagues. Keep in mind: science doesn’t distinguish among gender and race - don’t get discouraged by stereotypes.

Rita Hofmann-Sievert,
Dozentin an der Hochschule der Künste Bern

Neue technische Wissenschaften wie die Umwelttechnik brauchen noch mehr engagierte Frauen, die gut in Teams arbeiten und ganzheitlich denken können. Als junge Frauen sollte man flexible bleiben, denn das berufliche Umfeld kann sich stark ändern. Eine breite technische Ausbildung eröffnet viele Chancen.

Fatbardha Igrishta,
Wissenschaftliche Assistentin, FHNW

Warum es mehr Frauen in der Wissenschaft geben sollte? Ganz einfach: Weil viele Frauen enormes Potential in sich tragen, aber unsicher sind… Sei Du die Motivation für viele Frauen!

Katharina Kaiser,
Doktorandin IBM Research

The question is: Why shouldn’t women do science? We’re underrepresented in many disciplines. Anyone who wants to tell us that there’s a good reason for this is, from a scientific aspect, simply daft.

 

Liv Kellermann,
Wiss. Mitarbeiterin, Berner Fachhochschule, HAFL

Wissenschaftlich denken und arbeiten ist in erster Linie eine Haltung und ein Handwerk, mit dem ich vorgehe, wenn ich Informationen aufnehme, beurteile und sie selbst erarbeite und weitergebe. Das ist für Frauen und Männer gleichermassen lernbar.

Prof Georgina King,
Assistant Professor, Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics, University of Lausanne

More women in science means more brilliant scientists, a more inclusive academic culture and more role models to keep more women in science.

Monica Landoni,
PhD, USI

More women in science means more diversity and different perspectives. By looking at problems and proposing solutions from different angles we add value to scientific research.

Dr. Xiaodan Li,
Senior Scientist, Paul Scherrer Institut

Find a supporting environment both professionally and personally, do science with creativity, persistence and passion!

Rossana Martini,
Professor, Director of the ELSTE
University of Geneva – Department of Earth Sciences

Le monde actuel a besoin de la science pour son développement durable et la science se doit d’être mieux équilibrée en termes de représentation des genres.

Angelina Markl,
Bsc, Bioinformatician, Universität Zürich

Diversity is the key to revolutionary research – it is a must to bring the very best minds together, without any limitations due to gender or ethnicity. Speak up and let the world hear your voice!

Paola Merlo,
Professor of Computational Linguistics, University of Geneva

We often say that we need more women in science because they bring a diversity of points of view, that science should be inclusive of all genders and their different sensibilities, practices and life experiences. This is true, but more than anything women should massively enter the sciences because the sciences are fun, fascinating, they question our rationality and our place in the world, they are the sciences of the future, of the imagination, and of the infinite possibilities. I work in trying to make computers understand and produce language, computers that can speak and reason in many languages. This is the realm of dreams and possibilities, of technical challenges and achievements. Women and girls should be part of it. This is our world too, we should own it too and everybody, especially men, should cheer us for doing it.

Prof. Véronique Michaud,
Associate Dean for Education, School of Engineering, 
Head of Laboratory for Processing of Advanced Composites (LPAC)
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

S'engager dans une carrière scientifique ouvre aux jeunes femmes la possibilité de directement influer sur les technologies, leur durabilité, leur inclusion de tous les besoins, plutôt que de les subir.

Samantha Paoletti,
Business Development Manager Life Science Technologies at CSEM

Gender imbalance negatively affects the performance of teams in academia and business contexts.  Women bring unique views to scientific conversation. Diversity is crucial to delivering excellence.

Dr. Cinthia Piamonteze,
Beamline Scientist, Paul Scherrer Institut

If science is your passion you should just follow it. The most important thing is to work with something that motivates you. Be self-confident no matter what others say. If you happen to have a partner, make sure this person fully supports your career and takes his/her share on domestic responsibilities.

Orane Pouchon,
chargée de la communication MATH, EPFL

J’ai entendu trop de fois « les maths c’est pas pour les filles ». On est en 2021 ! Les maths sont faites pour tout le monde, il ne faut pas se priver d’étudier ce qu’on aime à cause des stéréotypes. 

Yara-Maria Proust,
R&D Engineer in Signal Processing, CSEM

Il ne faut pas croire que les sciences ne sont pas faites pour vous juste parce qu’il y a plus d’hommes. La diversité hommes/femmes est même essentielle. L’important est de faire ce que vous aimez.

 

Andrijana Rodic,
Bsc student Biology at University of Basel

Society needs to stop telling girls what they should or should not become and better tell them they can achieve whatever they want if they are dedicated to investing in themselves. At that point, the approach of women to science will change.

Prof. Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser,
Adolphe Merkle Institut, Universität Fribourg

Seien Sie selbstbewusst und haben Sie keine Angst, aus Ihrer Komfortzone herauszukommen. Es braucht neugierige und mutige (junge) Frauen in der Wissenschaft, nur so kommen wir gemeinsam vorwärts.

 

Prof. Daniela Rubatto
Institute of Geological Sciences, University of Bern

If you are a (young) woman who wants to make a career in science, have a go at it and you may find out that you are good at it! Pursue this career until it gives you satisfaction, fun and results; as any other good career, it is hard and rewarding.

Prof. Nicola Spaldin,
Materials Theory, Departement Materialwissenschaft, ETH Zürich,
Winner L'Oreal-UNESCO prize for Women in Science

Society’s most urgent problems – climate change, human health, food security… - need innovative science and engineering solutions, and we won’t solve them if we exclude an entire gender from the team. The world needs science, and science needs women.

SAM Board (Scientific Staff Association at the Department of Materials), ETH Zürich

The right question to ask is what we are doing wrong that women are kept away from science. The inclusion of women in STEM needs institutional and societal initiative from early stages.

Nele Schuwirth,
Head of Department Systems Analysis, Integrated Assessment and Modelling, at Eawag, Dübendorf 

To attract the best researchers, we have to stop disadvantaging people that belong to underrepresented groups (e.g. females) or people that have additional goals in their live (like family).

Prof. Dr. Sarah M. Springman,
Rektorin ETH Zürich

Entdecke zuerst die Faszination an der Wissenschaft, in einem Bereich, der Dir liegt. Und dann unternimm alles, um Deinen Wissensdurst zu stillen!

Dr. Zeynep Talip,
Scientist, Paul Scherrer Institute

The participation of women scientists in the research groups increases the collective intelligence of the teams. Differing perspectives of women and men scientists enrich the creativity of the projects.

Sabina Tartur,
PhD, Project Leader at Solvias AG

It’s an immense loss for our society if we have only half of the ideas, miss half of the perspectives, or overlook half of the solutions. That’s why we need more women in science.

Tatiana Volkova,
Ph.D. candidate, Space Innovation/EPFL

We need more women in science because women are an integral part of society and they proved that their intelligence level is the same as that of men. Women have a special brain structure that makes their way of thinking unique. And thinking other than masculine, as well as the peculiarities of thinking and the flexibility of the psyche can potentially lead to new discoveries and creative solutions. Women must feel their freedom and need for science, even if it is literature or astrophysics.

 In my opinion, the only thing that will help a woman or a girl increase the chance to be engaged in scientific activities is to believe in yourself. If our society changes the traditional roles of men and women, then the chance of women's success in science will increase significantly.

Prof. Katarzyna Wac,
PhD, Full Professor of Computer Science
Quality of Life Technologies & mQoL Living Lab Director 
Geneva School of Economics and Management
Center for Informatics, University of Geneva

La science est un processus qui vise à découvrir et à établir de nouvelles connaissances dans le but de servir l'humanité. Les équipes scientifiques doivent représenter la diversité de l'humanité elle-même ; elles doivent être diverses, sinon le processus et ses résultats sont biaisés.

Alina Walch,
Doktorandin, EPFL

Schon Marie Curie riet Wissenschaftler*innen: “Wir müssen Ausdauer und vor allem Vertrauen in uns selbst haben. Wir müssen glauben, dass wir für etwas begabt sind und dass wir dies erreichen können.