The Women in Science luncheons are a great opportunity for the Master, PhD, and Post Doc women to hear from mentors in both industry and academia of their struggles and the advice they can give to the next generation. These luncheons are usually hosted by a woman professor on a monthly basis. The panel will answer questions about careers, what are the important steps for acheiving your goals, which parameters are the most important for a successful career, how to get to such high level responsibility and/or positions, how important networks and mentors are, what are the keys to success?


Lunches are sponsored by the Equal Opportunities office of EPFL and the NCCR Bio-Inspired materials.


Narcissism in the scientific environment, 

with Bruno Lemaitre


After working on innate immunity and starting his own lab at the CNRS, Genetic Molecular Research unity, Bruno Lemaitre is now a full professor at EPFL since 2007. Questioning inequalities, individualism and other factors of stress in our modern world, he came to write An Essay On Science And Narcissism (2016). This was then followed by his latest book, « Les Dimensions de l’ego » , published in 2019, which will be the basis of the lunch discussion held at noon on October 19th.


Make sure to sign up with this form if you want to receive a reminder and the zoom link per e-mail.


What comes after the PhD?  

with Nathalie Brandenberg & Sylke Hoehnel


Nathalie and Sylke are two EPFL Alumni who co-founded their startup, SUN Bioscience. Their goals are to optimize the way we study and grow stem cells by suggesting an organoid technology, Gri3D, revolutionizing the current culture systems. Visit their website

for more information on SUN Bioscience and make sure to come to the lunch discussion to learn more about how these brilliant women made it all work!

Make sure to sign up with this form if you want to receive a reminder and the zoom link per e-mail. The form is not yet available but it should be around October, stay tuned!

We will also make the link public on our website as well as on our other social networks.


"A PhD in STEM: how, why and where?"

with Didem Dede, Chiara Ercolani, Alice Gillen and Maya Harris, 6.5.2020 via zoom 

"A career in academia: adventures, fun and lessons learned" 

with Gisou van der Goot, Raffaella Buonsanti and Giulia Tagliabue, 8.4.2020 via zoom

"Thriving talent: how to coach diversity in companies"

with Deborah Croft, 30.11.2019

"Company Networking Lunch"

with PSA, Nestlé and Attolight 10.10.2019

"Company Networking Lunch"

with Lake Diamond, Firmenrich and Avanade 9.5.2019


“Combining a career with a family"

with V. Michaud, E. Amstad, S. Lacour and A. Fontcuberta i Morral 18.4.2019


"Unconscious bias, why should we care?"

with A. Fontcuberta i Morral 5.3.2019

Unconscious bias, why should we care?' 

sponsored by the NCCR Bio-inspired materials via Prof. Esther Amstad and the EO of EPFL.


Great attendance and lively discussions.

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