Who we are and what we do
This project has finished 2009.
The UmFrauen (Umweltwissenschaften-Mentoringprojekt
für Frauen) was a University supported peer-mentoring
group that aimed to encourage, inform and support female scientists in their
research career. From 2001 to 2004 the project was financed by the Swiss
Government and the University of Zurich. From 2006 to 2009 the project has been
financed by the Science Faculty of the University of Zurich (project leader:
Dr. Petra Lindemann-Matthies, scientific advisers: Prof. Bernhard Schmid and
Prof. Elena Conti).
The group is composed of 24 female researchers including postgraduate and PhD students, and postdoctoral researchers, most of them based at the University of Zurich. The primary research focus of the group is environmental sciences and/or evolutionary ecology most of the group members being biologists, with an economist and a mathematician.
Our mentoring group aims
- to encourage, inform, and support female scientists in their research career
- to foster a scientific network among the members of our group and with successful senior female and male scientists (with full professorships)
- to organize workshops which centre on the experience of senior scientists. We ask our guests to speak about crucial steps, decisions and problems faced in their careers as scientists, and to give some advice to young female researchers based on this experience.
- Is it essential to plan a scientific career? Or does it simply develop over time?
- Which steps did you undertake in planning your career?
- Could you extract one key factor for a successful scientific career?
- What have you learnt in hindsight which may help to increase women's chances of involvement/participation in academia?
- Is there anything that women specifically have to take into consideration when planning a career in science?
- What advice would you give to young female scientists when planning their career?
- Did you always know that you were good enough to succeed? Or did you sometimes doubt it?
- How could you arrange your profession with family/relationship?
- How did you keep up your motivation and good moods when things did not go as well?