Promotion of early career researchers

"Women don't want an academic career?"

At the University of Bern there are considerably more women leaving academia than men (vertical segregation). What is referred to as the "leaky pipeline" is based on a number of stumbling blocks that women come up against more often than men. The myth of the self elimination of women in academic careers is still circulating although it can be disproved with various facts. There are various hurdles in women's academic careers. These are to do with a number of different phenomena, such as:

  • Female academics are given more administrative tasks in the postdoc phase than their male counterparts. Consequently they lose time for pursuing their own research and working on their career
  • Women work more frequently than men on interdisciplinary subjects and these subjects are seen in a less positive light
  • Female researchers have less chance of being awarded external funding
  • Women are viewed as being responsible for ensuring the reconcilability of academic career and family far more often than men are. They thus lose valuable time in their academic careers
  • Women often receive less support from superiors, particularly if they have children
  • Women are not taken into consideration for professorships as often as men are

To counteract this, the University of Bern deliberately promotes women's careers: In addition to a number of mentoring programs, the university offers courses and individual coaching sessions for up-and-coming female academics.