Satellite Event: Women in Physics Career Symposium

This event will take place on Friday 1 July 2022, after the main conference.

The goal of this symposium is to boost women in the early career stage starting from undergraduate up to postdoctoral studies in building a professional and mentoring network in physics. The event will feature a series of career talks, which will provide information on navigating a career in physics from the personal perspective of invited speakers covering several career levels. This will be complemented by a podium discussion, in which participants can ask questions and share experiences, advice, and ideas. The event will feature several networking opportunities such as extended coffee breaks and a dinner during which participants can get to know each other with the aim of forming a growing mentoring network.

We invite female participants from all career levels to register for this event. Suggestions for desired mentors can be made during registration. In addition, we are asking interested colleagues willing to act as mentors to register, where we also encourage male colleagues to contribute. The event is sponsored by the University of Zurich, the Paul Scherrer Institute, the Swiss Physical Society, the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences (SCNAT) and the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP). Further contributions are most welcome.


Registration for the symposium

While there is no additional fee, the organisers need a few more information from certain groups of participants (see below).


Registration types

You may choose how you want to participate in the symposium, as normal participant, as "mentor" or as "mentee".


A key goal of the Women in Physics Career Symposium is to serve as the nucleus for a mentoring network between early career female physicists and those with more established careers. The duties of a mentor are to:

  • Take part in the “Women in Physics Career Symposium” on 1 July 2022 to connect to mentees.
  • Meet with your mentee for a year with the commitment to meet at least four times. While in person meetings are encouraged, virtual meetings are possible.
  • If possible, take part in a wrap-up event at the end of the year, where all mentors and mentees will meet to exchange their experiences.

Thanks for agreeing to serve as a mentor. Please provide a short bio and motivation on why you would like to act as mentor.


The Women in Physics Career Symposium is at the same time the kick-off event for an associated mentoring network. Mentees are female physicists who are on the level of Bachelor, Master, PhD or Postdoc. Through the mentoring network they will be able to meet with their associated mentor at least four times to discuss questions concerning their career with their experienced mentor. At the event mentors and mentees will be matched. At this inaugural event, 20 spots for mentees are available. For sign up mentees should provide a short CV and a short motivation (200 words) why they want to participate. In case you are not selected as a mentee you may still participate in the event as normal participant. Please also provide a list (up to three) of favorite mentors that you would like to be connected with. A growing list of mentors is provided here.

Finally, the event will also feature a podium discussion where the speakers of the event may answer and discuss questions by the participants. Please provide up to three questions.


Organizing Committee

Cristina Botta (UZH), Lea Caminada (UZH-PSI), Ellen Fogh (EPFL), Marc Janoschek (UZH-PSI), Christine Klauser (PSI), Klaus Kirch (ETHZ-PSI), Natalie Lerch-Pieper (PSI), Hubertus Luetkens (PSI), Marina Marinkovic (ETHZ)

Contact: Marc Janoschek