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.
In Italy, female high school graduates choose to study physics much more naturally than it has been the case in Switzerland so far. Ilaria Zardo was one of these young Italian women who first became enthusiastic about studying physics and later about academic research. Today, as a professor at the University of Basel, she and her research group study heat flows at the nanoscale level.Image: Privat
Ruth Durrer was the first woman to take an assistant professorship in theoretical physics at the University of Zurich. Almost 30 years have passed since this appointment, 30 years in which Ruth Durrer has left her mark on her field - cosmology and astrophysics - as a professor. Despite her personal success, the 63-year-old researcher cautions: "Women's careers in science are still far from being evident."Image: Privat