Women of MARVEL

Focusing on women's accomplishments and raising awareness against all forms of bias is one way to pave the way to a more gender-balanced world, also here at NCCR MARVEL. Over the past weeks, we have been speaking with the women of MARVEL about their triumphs as well as the challenges they face in pursuing their careers. These interviews are just one way we're working to make sure everybody's voice is heard. 

The list is not exhaustive and more interviews will be added in the weeks to come.

Group Leaders


  • Ana Akrap (UniFR) is Professor and head of the Light Fermion Spectroscopy group and since May 2020 a new Agility Plus group leader in the Design and Discovery project 6 - Topological Materials — her project is described here.

  • Sara Bonella (EPFL) is the deputy director of the CECAM (Centre Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire) at EPFL. She joined MARVEL in phase III as group leader in Pillar 3, Digital Infrastructure of Open Simulations and Data.

  • Clémence Corminboeuf (EPFL) is Professor and head of the Laboratory for Computational Molecular Design and a member of MARVEL's Executive Committee.

  • Emiliana Fabbri (PSI) is a senior researcher in the Electrocatalysis and Interfaces group and since May 2020 a new Agility Plus group leader in the Design and Discovery project 4 - Nanoporous Materials — her project is described here and a video featuring her in the #NCCRWomen campaign can be watched here.

  • Marta Gibert (UZH) is SNSF Professor in the field of experimental condensed matter at the Physics Institute of UZH and since May 2020 a new Agility Plus group leader in the Design and Discovery project 5  - Correlated Oxides — her project is described here.

  • Marisa Medarde (PSI) is head of the Physical Properties of  Materials group at PSI and group leader in the Design and Discovery project 5 - Correlated Oxides at MARVEL.

  • Sereina Riniker (ETHZ) is Assistant Professor of Computational Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences  at ETHZ and since May 2020 a new Agility Plus group leader in the Design and Discovery project 1 - Organic Crystals — her project is described here.

  • Nicola Spaldin (ETHZ) is Professor and head of the Materials Theory Laboratory at ETHZ and project leader in MARVEL Design and Discovery project 5 - Correlated Oxides.

  • Claire Villevieille was group leader in MARVEL Incubator Project 1 - Solid-State Ionics until February 2019.


Postdocs and scientists


  • Gabriela Borin Barin (Empa) is a research scientist in the group of Roman Fasel, group leader in Design & Discovery Project 3 - Low Dimensional Materials.


PhD students


INSPIRE Potentials

The INSPIRE Potentials Master's Fellowships were introduced in 2016 to broaden the opportunities for women in science. Up to now, 26 students have been granted six-month fellowships for a Master's project in different MARVEL groups. A list of these fellows and their stories can be found here.


Management Team