Fix the leaky pipeline! — Kickoff event 2022

Mar 15, 2022, from 9:00 until 12:00, Online

Fix the leaky pipeline! — Kickoff event 2022 will take place online on Tuesday, 15 March 2022.

The Fix the leaky Pipeline! program is supported by all institutions of the ETH domain. It offers female PhD students, postdocs, and other young scientists the opportunity to reflect on their professional situations, to develop a strategy for embarking on a career path, to receive further targeted training, and to extend their personal and scientific networks.

MARVEL female PhD students and postdocs from institutions of the ETH domain are are kindly invited the 2022 kickoff event online to receive detailed information about the program, meet the coaches & trainers and learn from role models how to realize a good work-life-balance.


  • 9h00 Welcome address
  • 9h05 Program presentation
  • 9h15 Presentation of the coaches & trainers
  • 10h00 Virtual coffee break
  • 10h15 Academic careers for women
    • Presentation role models moderated by Urte Reckowsky (~30 mins)
    • Discussion with 3 role models in 3 break-out rooms (~ 3* 25 mins)
  • 12h00 Official end of event
  • 12h05 Possibility for getting together for interested participants in Peer mentoring 

Role Models

  • Esther Amstad,
    Professor, Soft Materials Laboratory, EPFL
  • Eleni Chatzi,
    Professor, Structural Mechanics & Monitoring, ETHZ
  • Daniela Kiselev
    Professor, Large Research Facilities, Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)

The event is free of charge but requires registration for organizational purposes

The Fix the Leaky Pipeline! program will start a 4th run of the peer mentoring program in spring 2022.

In peer mentoring, researchers who are nearly at the same stage of their careers (peers) constitute themselves as group and take a proactive attitude to share their knowledge and experiences, with occasional support from senior mentors. The goal is to empower and support participants to actively develop their careers in academia or towards industry and to establish adequate networks. In the FLP peer-mentoring scheme, peer groups are asked to constitute themselves ahead of the application. For their activities, peer groups can apply for up to CHF 5000.- financial support for the duration of one year.

Applications for the FLP peer-mentoring can be submitted until 29 April 2022. More information can be found here.

You can also find out about the goals & topics from peer groups from the previous run and watch testimonials from two previous peer mentoring participants.

Other training, mentoring and coaching programs organized in the MARVEL involved institutions are listed here.

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