Logo Athena

The Athena’s Journey series, inaugurated on April 28, 2022. Our organization is endorsed by the Department of Biomedicine (Unibas).

On every second Thursday of the month, we hold talks in an effort to address the concerning trend of diminishing female representation in science and academia. Despite commencing their careers with equal fervour and capability as their male counterparts, women encounter systemic obstacles that lead to their underrepresentation, particularly in senior roles. Factors such as gender bias, academic culture, family responsibilities, and excessive service commitments contribute to this disparity, perpetuated further by implicit biases in hiring and promotion processes.

Therefore, Athena’s Journey provides a platform to empower women in science. Our talks aim to share the challenges women face during their career progression, as well as factors that may have affected their career choices in an intimate and friendly environment. At the event, one speaker from an academic or industry-based institution from around Switzerland shares her incredible journey. The audience has a chance to peek into her life and learn from her experiences, as well as interact with her informally after the talk at the networking apèro we hold. Our initiative underscores the necessity for sustained and proactive efforts to achieve gender parity and emphasise inclusivity

We welcome all progressive Life Scientists at different stages of their careers to join our unique series of life and career advice and strongly encourage the participation of all female supporters in these vital discussions.

Athena’s Journey is continually looking for female researchers who are interested in sharing their research journeys – so if you know a suitable speaker, or are feeling brave, get in touch with the core committee!

Remember: Every female scientist has a story that can inspire you!

Upcoming Events 2024

2nd May: Dr. Jordyn Wallenborn

13th June: Dr. Lauriane Cabon

27th June: Summer Networking Event

12th September: Dr. Hulda-Run Jonsdottir

9th October: Prof. Mascha Binder

AJ-next event

Upcoming speakers...

Dr Jordyn Wallenborn – a project leader at the Swiss TPH. She is not only passionate about studying how breastfeeding influences human health but also about neurodiversity in science and why mental health is of utmost importance.

Dr Lauriane Cabon –  she is a group leader at the Institute of Human Biology, Roche, heading the Applied Organoid Technologies team, where her primary focus lies in transforming organoid-based models and IHB technologies into readily applicable assays for drug development.

27th of June: Summer Networking event

Dr Hulda-Run Jonsdottir – a scientist at Spiez Laboratory, ETH.

Prof Mascha Binder – a research group leader at the DBM. Her research spans a broad spectrum from lymphocyte biology to anti-tumour immune responses and cellular therapies. By translating discoveries into practical applications, her group aims to advance the field of immuno-oncology and improve patient outcomes.

AJ Committee