Women in Science Campaign

With the Women in Science campaign, the  Faculty of Science highlights the achievements of its women scientists – because while others talk about quota, we talk about the women! And because outstanding women scientists have always been there, and deserve to be seen, we are also shining the spotlight on historical role models and pioneers. With this initiative and its rich program, we want to give ALL a glimpse into science and especially inspire the next generation.

To mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on 11th February, we will present one of our current women professors and one international pioneer in the field of research over a period of five months in 2023 – on posters both online and in the Zurich city area. In a video portrait, the professor will give an insight into her research, her motivation, and her everyday work at the Faculty of Science of UZH. In addition, the professor hosts an event in collaboration with a unit of our faculty.

February: Prof. Dr. Meredith Christine Schuman, Chemical Ecologist

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Prof. Meredith (Merry) Christine Schuman is assistant professor for "Spatial Plant Genetics" at the Department of Geography  and Department of Chemistry. Her transdisciplinary research spanning genetics, chemistry, ecology, and geography includes projects combining direct analyses of plants with aerial and satellite remote sensing.

Prof. Schuman gave pupils an insight into her research at the Women in Science workshop day at Science Lab UZH, our science communication centre, on 9th February 2023.

An important pioneer in chemistry was Dr. Rosalind Franklin. She was an expert in X-ray structural analysis. Her work was crucial to understanding the molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal, and graphite.

Video portrait Homepage @SpatialGenetics

March: Prof. Dr. Corinna Ulcigrai, Mathematician

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Prof. Corinna Ulcigrai is professor of "Pure Mathematics" at the Institute of Mathematics.She is a world-leading researcher in the field of chaotic systems. She studies subtle chaotic properties and fundamental mechanisms, which lead to slow chaos.

From 9th March 2023 on, a new exhibition in the Science Pavilion UZH presents her research. 

An important pioneer in mathematics was Dr. Emmy Noether. She revolutionized mathematics with her fundamental work on abstract algebra. She changed our understanding of the Universe, since the Noether's theorem explains the relationship between symmetry and the conservation laws.

Video portrait Homepage @UlcigraiCorinna

April: Prof. Dr. Alexandria Deliz Liang, Chemist

Prof. Alexandria (Ali) Liang is assistant professor of "Digital Bioinorganic Chemistry" at the Department of Chemistry. Using metalloenzyme engineering, she creates enzymes with new functions of social relevance: from the degradation of greenhouse gases or plastics to the inactivation of bacteria.

Together with the Faculty of Science's Gender Equality Committee, she co-hosts a networking evening for all interested faculty members at Irchel Bar on 18th April 2023.


May: Prof. Dr. Ravit Helled, Astrophysicist

Prof. Ravit Helled is professor of "Theoretical Astrophysics" at the Institute for Computational Science. She studies the formation and evolution of planets, for which she sends space probes to Jupiter and Uranus.

Together with the Faculty of Science's Gender Equality Committee, she is hosting a panel discussion in English in May 2023. More information will follow.


June: Prof. Dr. Catalina Pimiento Hernandez, Paleontologist

Prof. Catalina Pimiento Hernandez is assistant professor of "Paleontology" at the Department of Paleontology. She investigates the evolution and extinction of past marine life, especially sharks, in order to better protect present-day marine life.

In June 2023, she will give insights into her work in a guided tour of the Paleontological Museum. This will be followed by the closing Apéro of the Women in Science campaign. Further information will follow.

Homepage @pimientoc