To increase the proportion of women in the ETH Domain, girls’ interest in the MINT subjects is encouraged, for instance with the EPFL’s programme Les sciences, ça m’intéresse!

The ETH Zurich, the EPFL and the four research institutes of the ETH Domain have long institutionalised the advancement of women. They have drawn up a wide range of measures in connection with the core elements of the ETH Board’s 2008-2011 strategy for the advancement of women – from guidelines for appointments and mentoring programmes for female doctoral students to crèches. In addition, the following initiatives deserve special mention:

The ETH Zurich has been operating a gender monitoring programme since 2009. The resulting data specifically reveal where measures are still required to meet the targets set by the ETH Board.

The EPFL already focuses on schoolgirls. The privately sponsored initiative Les sciences, ça m’intéresse!, which intends to encourage girls’ interest in the MINT subjects, is attracting a great deal of public interest.

The PSI has been running a programme entitled Return to professional life, with which it has committed itself to offering young, motivated scientists who are seeking to return after a family break, tailor-made options for induction and qualifications in demanding careers.

The WSL runs special career promotion programmes for PhD and post-doc graduates in order to enable competent women to enjoy equal employment opportunities.

Empa regularly has its varied range of measures for the advancement of women checked by the external organisation UND, which advocates a family/career balance for both men and women, in order to be able to take further adequate measures.

Eawag has a relatively high percentage of women up to executive level. In order to maintain and further improve this, it has taken various measures to promote the recruitment of women for tenuretrack positions.