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Workshop: Gender equity in science

As an NCCR, we are committed to contribute working towards more equality within our network and academia at large. We organize the 1st edition of the workshop “Gender Equity in Science” to help future lab leaders develop gender & diversity competencies and skills necessary for leadershipraise awareness about gender and diversity issues and propose actions and measures towards gender equity in science.

How to prepare for management or leadership roles in science is not the focus of formal education and is certainly difficult to acquire on the job. Such skills include many aspects such as self-awareness and interpersonal skills which are used in situations encountered everyday in the lab. Each future lab leader will be asked to create a lab culture which promotes productivity and allows its members to reach their full academic potential and individual well-being, i.e. instaure a culture of equity.

The workshop is addressed to future lab leaders (postdocs and collaborators) interested to develop gender & diversity competencies and skills necessary for future leadership which are assessed more and more in interviews.

In the workshop, participants will evaluate the facts, formulate reasons and suggest measures at the individual, community and institutional level. The trainer will provide guidance and input (e.g. implicit bias, gender roles, life balance) throughout the process.

Our goal is to reach a balanced audience (50:50, F:M) of 20 participants which will ensure a more effective outcome of the process. By the end of the workshop, participants will be more aware of the current situation, understand better the facts behind it and envision concrete measures that could address these reasons.


About the facilitator

Dr. Hilde Janssens is a developmental biologist by training (PhD at the University of Basel), with a career as an academic researcher for 19 years in many countries. She worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Stony Brook University (NY), as a computer officer at the University of Cambridge, and as a lab manager at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona. Throughout her scientific career, she gained long-standing experience as a trainer and mentor in the fields of interpersonal communication and (self-)leadership exclusively for scientists. Since fall 2016 she combines her work as a freelance trainer with supporting the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) in the areas of Diversity & Inclusion and Conflict Management. List of her clients and references can be found here.


More info

  • Registration deadline: June 28, 2019 (extended deadline)
  • Maximum number of participants: 20
  • A certificate of attendance will be awarded to each participant.
  • Format: highly interactive and practical workshop, small group work.
  • Schedule: 9:00 to 16:00
  • Lunch and coffee break included



This workshop is supported by the NCCR Synapsy, NCCR PlanetS , NCCR TransCure, NCCR SwissMap and CISA.