Career and Networking

SCCER Interviews Bettina Furrer

Bettina Furrer is Professor for Sustainability and Technology at Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) and since 2012 Head of its Institute for Sustainable Development (INE). She also holds the position of Deputy Head of the SCCER Energy Society and Transition (CREST). Bettina’s research focuses on the interface between sustainability and technology with particular emphasis on the sociotechnical transition of energy systems. Other research interests are technological innovation systems and business models related to and financing of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Read more here:


Offices for Diversity and Equality at Swiss Higher Education Institutions participating in SCCER Heat and Electricity Storage

Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH) - Chancengleichheit

École polytechniquefédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) - Equal Opportunities Office

Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil (HSR) - Chancengleichheit

Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU) - Diversity

Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI) - Chancengleichheit am PSI

Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana (SUPSI) - Servizio Gender e Diversity

Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) - Equal Opportunities

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) - Office of Equal Opportunities for Women and Men

Universität Bern (UniBe) - Gleichstellung

University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) - Diversity und Gleichstellung

Université de Fribourg (UniFr) - Service de l'égalite entre femmes et hommes

Université de Genève (UniGe) - Bureau de l'égalité


Advancement of Women in Science*

Under the umbrella Gender Equality, the SNF has adopted a variety of support and funding measures for female scientist. The respective website is an ideal entry points for women searching for information on gender equality in Swiss research. The website provides a comprehensive collection of science-related links.

The Fix the Leaky Pipeline program offers young female scientists the opportunity to reflect on their professional situations, develop a strategy for their career paths, receive targeted further training, and extend their personal and scientific networks.

Check out an overview of awards and scholarships for female scientists, have a look at the calendar for diversity and equality events or subscribe to the mailing list on the website of Equal! - the office of equal opportunities for women and men at ETH Zurich.

The Women in Science and Humanities Foundation (EPFL-WISH Foundation) encourages the research and promotion of women on campus. The EPFL-WISH Foundation offers the tools, role models, financing, networks, and support at key moments in these young women's careers at EPFL and beyond.

The SCCER-FURIES Mentoring Program aims to bring together senior experts , both from the industrial and academic sector, that are willing to share their experience and knowledge with the next generation of scientists in the power sector and early-career scientists, from Master to Postdoc level, that have to take important career decision in the near future and need to discuss with experienced persons working in the field. Both men and women are welcome.

The Réseau romand de mentoring pour femmes provides information, advice or personalized support to female PhD students, Postdocs or senior researchers.

„mentoring fff“
is a program developed by the Zurich University of Applied Sciences to promote women in leadership positions".

The program REGARD offers workshops to young female scientist and professors of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland. Its aim is to provide skills and practical tools for the career planning as well as legal guidance.

Business and Professional Women (BPW) Switzerland is a professional network for women, both in Switzerland and world-wide. BPW represents the interests of working women in a variety of ways and operates across all branches of industry, politics and religion.

The network Women in Environmental Professions (FFU-PEE) represents the interest of women in environment related professions. Among other supporting activities the network maintains a job search and job-sharing platform.

The Swiss Association of Women Engineers (SVIN) is a pan-Swiss association for women in scientific and technical professions. The association offers a network platform, interesting activities and specific training opportunities.

is a job search platform particularly for women.
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