Parent Network for Doctoral Candidates and Postdocs

Are you one of the brave souls leading a double life? Caring for a tiny human by day; writing publications by night? Not only do you run experiments and change your manuscripts, but you also run after children and change diapers.

Combining early stage academic career while having children may seem daunting, but you are not alone!

The Parent Network for Doctoral Candidates and Postdocs aims to bring together individuals just like you to exchange information, experience and advice and to serve as a support network for the times when it feels too challenging.

Through regular meetings, you can share your parental triumphs and hardships, discuss policies at EPFL, and maybe even set up play dates for your kids! 

We plan to organise four to six discussions per year over lunch on a topic defined with the participants, in some cases initiated by a short presentation from invited speakers.

Feel free to bring your lunch.

The first meeting will be held November 9th at 12h15, in room CO 216.

  • Short introduction (Chantal and Kristin, VPT-EGA)
  • Experience as a mother of a 6-year-old child (Seniz, EPDA)
  • Discussion about how to continue: format, topics to be discussed, speakers to be invited.

Wish to suggest a topic for further meetings or wanting to leave your name for a networking purpose outside the meetings? Have a look at the google sheet.

VPT-EGA (Kristin Becker  & Chantal Mellier), in collaboration with Polydoc (Cassandre Contré) and EPDA (Seniz Kücük).