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Prix Lux

Equal Opportunities Prize of the University of Bern

At the University of Bern, there are numerous individuals and units who are committed to equal opportunities and equality. Such commitment is rewarded. The University of Bern awards the Prix Lux for the third time in 2019.

Gender equality price of the University of Bern

Prix Lux 2019

Nominate your unit or a person for the Prix Lux 2019!

The conditions are described below.

Deadline for submission: June 30, 2019

Prix Lux 2019

Conditions for participation

Nominations can be made for persons (e.g. students, staff from the faculties and competence centers or the central administration) or units (e.g. student organisations, groups of staff, institutes, faculties) who are committed to gender equality at the University of Berne. The measures applied should stimulate a discussion on gender equality issues, be innovative, original and sustainable, and have transfer potential.

The price

The price winner will receive CHF 2'000.- and a luminous object. The winner is elected by a jury.


The deadline for applications is 30 June 2019. You can apply or suggest another person or university unit for the price.

Please send your applications or suggestions with an explanation (description of the measure, objectives, target audience and, if possible, impact of the measure) via e-mail or post to the address indicated in the contact box.

The jury

The jury consists of one representative each of the Executive Board of the University of Bern, the intermediate staff association, the Student Union of the University of Bern (SUB), the cantonal equal opportunities office, the Communication and Marketing Office and two representatives of the Office for Gender Equality.

Inspiration/possible measures

Applications for the Prix Lux can come from the most diverse contexts, from the faculties or the central administration. For example nominations have been made in recent years from the following areas: flexible working time models, job sharing, inclusive team culture, equal opportunities in practice, gender-fair language, career planning for mothers with children, reintegration of sick employees, introductory offers for girls or boys in gender-untypical areas, diversity-promoting appointment strategies and many more...

Prof. Dr. med. Mihai Constantinescu and his team

The Prix Lux 2018 goes to Prof. Dr. med. Mihai Constantinescu and his team from the Department of Plastic Reconstructive Medicine at the Inselspital Bern. Since Prof. Constantinescu took up the position of chief physician in February 2013, the gender ratio in the Department of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery has changed from 1:7 to 1:1. At that time there were no female senior physicians in the department, today there are four of them. The jury of the Prix Lux was impressed by the fact that under the direction of Prof. Constantinescu, the Department of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery is committed to equal opportunities and to making it possible to combine a highly complex and exciting profession with family responsibilities.

"Women in Philosophy Bern" - Prix Lux 2017

In 2017 the "Women in Philosophy Bern" were selected as first prize winners of the Prix Lux. The iniative of this group of university members aims to improve the networking and visibility of women in philosophy, to support female philosophers in their careers and to raise awareness of the disadvantages of women in philosophy or the academy in general. Shortly before the award ceremony, the group founded the "Society for Women in Philosophy Switzerland" for the purpose of national networking of women, education and support work.

The "Women in Philosophy" were elected by the jury out of 25 nominations. The applications showed the diversity of the university's gender equality work: In addition to applications from more classic equality areas such as the compatibility of family and career, there were also various applications that went beyond this and promoted diversity.