Events & Conferences

Evénements et expositions

Photographer Elisabetta Citterio’s STEM passion exhibition, organized as part of the events surrounding International Women’s Rights Day on March 8, 2023, featured portraits of international female researchers, including seven female EPFL professors chosen as role models.

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day on March 8, a series of inspirational events were proposed on the EPFL campus around the theme “Make Way For Women!”: Talks, workshops, comedy show… And the official naming ceremony of several squares and streets of the campus after the names of women scientists proposed by the members of the EPFL community.

CONTINUUM exhibition intertwines personal stories, scientific knowledge and photographic portraits around the continuum of gender and sexualities.

More information on the webpage CONTINUUM

Female Leadership in Science portraits 50 women professors at EPFL, at the occasion of EPFL’s 50th anniversary. The portraits will be displayed on two main buildings on the EPFL Campus from 14 September until 30 November 2019.

More information available on the page Female Leadership in Science

Striking for greater equality at EPFL (Article EFPL magazine and EPFL news)

Link to the picture gallery

June 14, 1991: a day that has entered the history of Switzerland

«Les femmes bras croisés, le pays perd pied»

It is with this slogan that women in Switzerland have made themselves heard, ten years after the inclusion of equality between women and men in the Federal Constitution, to finally see this principle come to fruition. The mobilization was huge: nearly half a million women – and many men – went on strike at their workplaces and took to the streets to demand an equality law

June 14, 2019 : towards a new strike day 28 years later – the call for a new strike day is launched. (Frauen*streik)

Striking for greater equality at EPFL (read Article EFPL magazine and EPFL news)

Get information via the EPFL-UNIL collective’s webpage. See also flyer.

Lunchs for female scientists and students

Lunch events provide an opportunity for female scientists and students to gather information and network with ‘role models’ from academia, industry and business. Together with internal and external partners, EPFL shall hold a dozen lunch events each year.

Next event:
April 8, 2022: DELOITTE Exclusive Women’s Event.
Information & registration available soon

Lunch events for female administative and technical staff

With “My career at EPFL”, the Equal Opportunities Office is opening a new series of lunch events aimed more specifically at administrative and technical staff.

These lunches are a place for informal exchanges with an invited person who talks to us about his career and his view on equal opportunities.

14 June 2022 (EPFL & zoom):
Hélène Laurens
Administrator and Manager at the Vice Presidency for Academic Affairs

29 November 2021 (EPFL & zoom):
Natalie Meystre
IT Service Manager & Information Architect
Presentation & slides

3 May 2021 (zoom):
Albertine Kolendowska
Research Associate at the Vice Presidency for Academic Affairs

26 November 2020 (zoom):
Muriel Videlier
Onboarding Course Administrator & member of the GT-Admin

2 June 2020 (zoom):
Aurore Nembrini
Responsable Sustainability EPFL

3 February 2020:
Chiara Tanteri
Head of IS Governance and Planning

5 April 2019:
Caroline Vandevyver
Head of Unit at the Research Office and President of the School Assembly

10 September 2018:
Béatrix Boillat
In charge of cultural and artistic affairs on campus


by Prof. Frank Dobbin, Harvard University

Wednesday 20 February 2019 16:30 – 18:15, SV 1717

The conference was recorded and can now be downloaded.

Read article in EPFL Magazine and in Bilan

Frank Dobbin is a professor of Sociology at Harvard. He is chair of the Organizational Behavior Ph.D. Program and coordinator (Harvard) for the MIT-Harvard Economic Sociology Seminar. He has long standing experience in analysing the impact of institutional strategies and actions to promote gender and diversity and is currently completing research on major diversity programs at US universities.

Round table with:

Prof. Franciska Krings, Professor Organizational Behaviour, former Vice-Rector, UNIL; Prof. Gisou van der Goot, Dean SV, EPFL; Prof. Kilian Stoffel, Rector UniNE, Delegate Diversity, Chamber of Universities, Swissuniversities; Dr Samuel Bendahan, UNIL/CDH EPFL, Member Swiss Parliament; Mrs Emmanuelle Badu, Head of Mobile Business West & Diversity Delegate West, SWISSCOM