Attend our Primary School Open House on 8 March

Are you ready to discover your future career path?

SAVE THE DATE for the upcoming event: POTENTI’ELLE IN SCIENCE on Thursday 9 February, 17:30 – 20:30 at ISL.

This is an event for everybody to celebrate the UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science to inspire young people 8 to 18 years old to learn more about careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
After some keynote speeches, students will have an opportunity to engage in dedicated workshops for each age group, led by women with an inspiring career in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, academia and NGOs. The young attendees, and their accompanying adult, will engage with role models from STEM disciplines and get a real understanding of their diverse academic and professional experience.

Agenda 
17:30 – 18:30: Introduction and keynote speeches
18:30 – 19:15: Inspiring workshops
19:15 – 20:00: Speed-networking and refreshments
20:00 – 20:30: Closing

***By signing up to this event you automatically acknowledge and consent to HBA, ISL, Mod-ELLE and Inspiring Girls Switzerland to take pictures during the event and use them in their and their partners’ social media to share the outcome of the event and for awareness-raising purposes.

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Workshop

A variety of workshops have been arranged for primary and secondary students appropriate to their age and enabling all students to meet leaders from a variety of professions in STEM.

There will be a workshop for parents and educators on “Unconscious Bias in education choices and careers” led by Dr. Eglantine Jamet www.artemia-executive.com and https://sem-association.ch/fr/acceuil/ . This workshop will explore the gender split in careers and education and the biases which impact choices and decisions. It will be interactive and is designed for parents, teachers and any other interested adults.

Holder of a PhD in social sciences, Eglantine Jamet has worked in the field of gender studies since 2001, both in academic research as Senior Lecturer at the University of Paris Nanterre, and on field. In her research, she has extensively explored the issue of women’s access to spheres of power. The co-founder of SEM Succès Egalité Mixité, a non-profit organization that promotes gender equality in education, and of Artemia, a consulting and executive search firm that helps companies benefit from more diversity along the corporate ladder, Eglantine strongly believes that gender balance is a key to a more inclusive and innovative workplace.

Keynote Speakers

Archana Sharma (CERN)

Senior Adviser for relations with International Organisations, Principal Scientist at the CERN Laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland active in the field since 1989. An internationally recognized expert worked on several CERN experiments both on R&D involved in designing and operating large-scale gaseous detectors for radiation and scientific management. She is also well known for her relentless efforts in mentoring young students, particularly girls in STEM and Physics in particular via her NGO Lifelab Foundation for Research and Education based in New Delhi.

Siew-Veena Sahi  CEO of Testmate health

Siew-Veena is a medical doctor turned founder. She is half Indian, Half Singaporean-Chinese, and has lived in Singapore, London & Geneva. Siew-Veena underwent her medical training in London before working in the NHS. Her research in Global Public Health led her to discover the lack of available rapid testing for low-cost & accurate diagnosis of common sexually transmitted diseases, and the founding of Testmate Health.

Stephania Bonilla-Feret (UN Economics Investment Gender Equity)

Stephania Bonilla-Feret is a senior economist at UNCTAD, the United Nations agency that deals with trade and development. She focuses on supporting developing countries achieve more inclusive and sustainable growth. Her work includes conducting economic analysis, delivering policy guidance, training to governments, and organizing spaces for dialogue and consensus-building. Since 2009, she has led projects across Africa and Latin America.

Eglantine Jamet www.artemia-executive.com

Holder of a PhD in social sciences, Eglantine Jamet has worked in the field of gender studies since 2001, both in academic research as Senior Lecturer at the University of Paris Nanterre, and on field. In her research, she has extensively explored the issue of women’s access to spheres of power. The co-founder of SEM Succès Egalité Mixité, a non-profit organization that promotes gender equality in education, and of Artemia, a consulting and executive search firm that helps companies benefit from more diversity along the corporate ladder, Eglantine strongly believes that gender balance is a key to a more inclusive and innovative workplace.

Andrea Delannoy Mod-Elle

Andrea moved to Switzerland in 2003, and was utterly surprised to discover the prevalent gender inequalities, whereas it just had not been an issue in her previous career at the Romanian National Court of Audit. During her Master’s at the University of Geneva, she became aware of the many missed opportunities for women in Switzerland. In 2010, Andrea co-founded “Expanding your horizons” an association in Geneva, whose mission is to promote STEM careers for girls. In 2018, she founded MOD-ELLE, an association based in Lausanne whose mission is to tackle gender stereotyping in career aspirations and to create choices for young people through introductions to inspiring role models.

Ruth Garcia Calle, Inspiring Girls Switzerland

Ruth Garcia Calle is a chemical engineer, originally from Spain, where she started her studies and first got in touch with Inspiring Girls. She holds a Masters in Science from Chalmers University of Technology focused on her technical passions, sustainability and innovation. After her arrival in Switzerland in 2018, Ruth realised the existing gender inequalities and, with the support of Anna Pastrikos, decided to chair Switzerland as a new country team under the umbrella of Inspiring Girls International in August 2021 and Inspiring Girls Switzerland became officially an association under Swiss law in September 2022. Inspiring Girls is dedicated to raising the aspirations of girls around the world (present in 29 countries and growing!) by connecting them with female role models from all walks of life.

Mathematics Professor EPFL Maryna Viazovska

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