International Women’s Day

8 March 2019
Forum Rolex

EPFL Alumni and EPFL’s Equal Opportunities Office celebrated the International Women’s Day 2019 at the Forum Rolex Learning Center.

The event was part of EPFL’s 50th Anniversary programme as it looked back on “50 years of EPFL women” and offered testimonies from 5 generations of women graduates.


17h30 Doors opening and associations booths

18h00 Welcome words – Leïla Ojjeh, EPFL Alumni Director

18h05 Welcome words – Martin Vetterli, EPFL President

18h10 Keynote by Barbara Haering, member of the ETH Board, President of econcept AG’s Board of Directors: “Gender equality in science and technology: how to get there”

18h35 Round-table discussion – 50 years of EPFL Alumnae

  • Irina du Bois (CH’70, Alumni Award 2016), President of the Pierre du Bois Foundation
  • Laure de Trentinian (MA’85, Alumni Award 2014), Head of Academy and Innovation, Marketing and Sales, Airbus Defence & Space
  • Leila Schwery Bou-Diab (CH’99), VP Value Chain Management, Johnson & Johnson
  • Claudia de Rham (PH’01, Alumni Award 2017), Professor of Theoretical Physics, Imperial College London
  • Anne Mellano (GC’12), Co-Founder & Vice-President of Operations, Bestmile

Discussion lead by Myret Zaki, Chief Editor at Bilan.

Discover our guests bios here.

19h25 What to expect for the next 50 years? A discussion with students and associations that make things happen on campus

19h40 Final words and presentation of student associations by Helene Füger, EPFL’s Equal Opportunities Office representative

19h45 Networking, booths and cocktail dinner

Date: 8 March 2019
Venue: Forum – Rolex Learning Center

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