3rd Women in Physics Career Symposium

In its 3rd edition the Women in Physics Career Symposium is now fully established as an integral and recurring event of the SPS Annual Meeting. The success of this symposia series led to the establishment of a new SPS Commission for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, which is tasked to organise the symposia from now on and to work on the topic of gender balance, diversity, equity and inclusion more broadly.

The 3rd Women in Physics Career Symposium will take place on Tuesday, 10 September.

As in the first two successful editions in 2022 and 2023, our focus remains on boosting the careers of women physicists by building a professional and mentoring network in physics for female early-career scientists from the undergraduate up to postdoctoral stages. 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. Speakers pursuing successful careers both in and outside academia will provide us with insights about key moments of their careers. Ample opportunities for networking, exchange of experiences and ideas will be additionally provided via extended coffee breaks and a lunch event. Although, the event is focused on connecting mentees from the undergraduate up to postdoctoral career level with experienced mentors, we invite participants of any gender and from all career levels to register for this event to contribute and benefit from the networking.

The event is sponsored by the University of Zurich, the Paul Scherrer Institute, the University of Geneva, the Swiss Physical Society and the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences (SCNAT).

Organizing Committee: Ana Akrap (Université de Fribourg), Tobias Golling (Université de Genève) Marc Janoschek (PSI), Heidi Potts (Zurich Instruments), Aline Ramires Neves de Oliveira (PSI), Philipp Schmidt-Wellenburg (PSI), Anna Sfyrla (Université de Genève), Andreas Läuchli (PSI/EPFL); Teresa Montaruli (Université de Genève)




Registration for the symposium

Since the symposium is an integral part of the conference, just use the general registration form.

Mentees register in addition with the separate form for the symposium where they can provide the requested additional data (see below).


Become a mentee:

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 event, 20 spots for mentees are available.
To sign up mentees need to provide a short CV and a short motivation (200 words) explaining why they want to participate. Applicants who are not selected as mentees may still participate in the event as general participant. Please also provide a list of favorite mentors (up to three) that you would like to be connected with. See the growing list of mentors for details.


Become a mentor:

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 10 September 2024 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.

If you would like to contribute as a mentor, please contact Marc Janoschek (marc.janoschek[at]psi.ch). With your message, please provide a short bio and motivation on why you would like to act as mentor.


Women in Physics Mentoring-Program + Mentoring Agreement