This project of the Platform MAP aims to show how women scientists in the formerly male fields of mathematics, astronomy and physics (MAP) have successfully established themselves in Switzerland. It aims to encourage young women to pursue an academic career. The portrait series was launched on 8 March 2021 (International Women's Day) and will be published monthly during 2021.
Corinne Charbonnel is a full professor of astrophysics at the University of Geneva. This is not a matter of course, as she was only the second woman ever to be appointed to a professorship at the Astronomy Department of the University of Geneva. The 57-year-old scientist is a strong advocate for young female researchers, among other things as a mentor.Image: Privat
X-rays - electromagnetic rays with short wavelengths - play a prominent role in the study of mole-cules. An expert in this field is Prof. Antonia Neels, a scientist at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa). Her research group at the Empa sites in Dübendorf and St. Gallen is particularly concerned with applications in biomedicine and space travel.Image: Privat
"I have a liking for the sun." This is the motto Louise Harra uses to headline her Twitter account. Indeed, the Northern Irish-born astrophysicist has devoted her entire research life to our central star. For three years now, the astrophysicist has been the head of the 'Physical-Meteorological Observatory Davos' (PMOD), a research institution rich in tradition for the exploration of the sun and the exact determination of solar radiation.Image: Privat
Female scientists have been gaining more and more ground in the Department of Physics at the Uni-versity of Basel in recent years. One of them is Märta Tschudin. As part of her doctoral thesis at the Quantum Sensing Lab, she is researching the extremely weak magnetic fields of ultra-thin layers of material that consist of only a single atomic layer.Image: Privat
They exist in both science and humanities subjects: Science Olympiads in which high school students and other pupils in the same age achieve top performances at national or international level. Such an Olympiad has recently been launched especially for young women with an interest in computer science. The brain behind this idea: Glarus mathematics student Stefanie Zbinden.Image: Stefanie Zbinden (privat)