Equal Opportunities

MARVEL has a large number of female professors in key positions. Nevertheless the number of female students entering MARVEL-related fields in physics, chemistry, material sciences and computer science is very low. Efforts will be focused on recruiting more female scientists in following years.

Significant efforts have been made in recent years to increase the number of female professors at EPFL. However this ratio is still very low.  In physics and computer science, the proportion of women is far less than the average of female students in all fields. The institutions participating in MARVEL face the same situation.

In physics and computer science, the proportion of women is at EPFL (PhD 30%, and undergraduate 27%), as well as at ETHZ (PhD 31% and undergraduate 30%). At EPFL, 26% of the scientific staff is constituted of women, and this ratio is 25.5% at ETHZ. At EPFL, the percentage of female professors has risen from (3%) in 2000 to (12%) in 2013.

These ratios demonstrate that further efforts are essential in order to increase the number of women at all levels. MARVEL will lead further effort for Equal Opportunities.

Why an underrepresentation of women?