Why WISH ?

WISH stands for Women In Science & Humanities.

Our goal is to support young women in STEM, in particular at EPFL, as well as to encourage them to continue their research and pursue their dreams in a higher professional career. 

We work on several fields : representation, financial support, coaching and recognition of brilliant women across the world. 

Learn more about our mission here

Some key numbers



Although the number of female students in STEM is on the rise, women represent only 30% of researchers worldwide

Source : UNESCO (2019)

Women are 23% more likely to drop out of STEM subjects than their male counterparts. The peak of their drop-out is reached following the 7th semester.

Source: IZA, Institute of Labor Economics (2019)

Women make up only 11% of the tenure-track professors at EPFL. This number goes up to 22% for associate professors and 15% for full professors.

Source: EPFL, Gender Monitoring (2019)

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News !

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On November 6, the 2019 Erna Hamburger award went to Prof. Antje Boetius. 

The 2020 awardee will be selected soon, stay tuned!

Learn more about Erna Hamburger.

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​​EPFL-WISH Foundation​​


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Since 2006, we have been independently encouraging the research & promotion of women by providing the tools, role models, financing, networks and support at key moments in their careers at EPFL and beyond.