The Paul Scherrer Institute, PSI, is the largest research institute for natural and engineering sciences within Switzerland. The students had the opportunity to visit the institue yesterday. One of PSI's priorities is to systematically reduce structural barriers and disadvantages and offer various support programmes specifically for women.
They offer for example a mentoring programm called feM-LEAD. The goal of the mentoring programme is the planning of the mentee's career, e.g. through an insight into the career and work experience of the mentor. Furthermore, PSI also take part in international activities, such as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, to encourage women and girls to consider a career in science, advocate for the critical role women play in research and technology and increase their visibility as role models for present and future generations. Here's one of the many impressive women at PSI:
Margit Schwikowksi, head of the Laboratory for Environmental Chemistry at PSI
"Working in Science is incredibly exciting. It's a great feeling to discover something new. I particularly like that my work is very varied, from the ice drilling on the glacier to the experiments in the laboratory to the evaluation on the computer. Science is international and knows no borders. We always work in Teams with other scientists, often from different countries. If you want to pursue a career in science, be guided by your interests and gut feeling. And not necessarily follow any well-intentioned advice."
Source and many more inspiring womenat PSI: