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 !

WISH's Christmas Book Recommendations! 

Christmas 2020 is just around the corner, and this year WISH will provide you with a list of book recommendations you might want to get as a present during the holidays. Whether it is for a family member, a colleague, a friend or yourself, you'll find everything you need and more in our amazing list.

It will be updated every few days during December similarly to an advent calendar.

Erna Hamburger Prize Ceremony - November 2020

Prof. Micha Lipson is this year's Erna Hamburger Prize winner! ​She held an online presentation "Computing at the speed of light" available on this page. Click here for more information on the event.

Round Table Discussions - Fall 2020

The Discussion Lunches are back! Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, they will be held online, taking the form of a Zoom meeting.

The first one will be held mid-October and the second one towards the end of November

Click here for more information!

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

Learn more about Erna Hamburger.

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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.