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WiBD student retreats

Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal for a student retreat. Join us for the following exciting activities funded by WiBD in 2020.

And the winners are ...


Algorithms in the Making

Organizers: Jessica Pidoux and Sofia Ares, EPFL

10-13 November 2021

What are the programming practices behind gender biases? This workshop will explore a female perspective for society.

We aim to identify fields of study for potential further research development and methodologies for scientific, private or public projects.

A few places still available. Register now!

Join us in Cornol, ferme Le Pécal, in the beautiful Swiss Jura for this exciting workshop. Contact.

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Organizers: Jessica Oschwald, Roche Products Limited (UK)

Tabea Meier and Stefanie Lindner, University of Zurich

Sorry, postponed until further notice

Would you like to improve your coding skills, learn about big data applications, career opportunities & meet a community of like-minded women?
Join us for a three-day retreat in the Swiss Alps with #coding workshops #inspiring talks #group hacking #career development #networking #yoga #mindfulness

Deadline: 15 February 2020 

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Big Data in Communication Science

Organizer: Sarah Gerber, University of Zurich

Sorry, postponed until further notice

An important goal of research is publication, which means that technical writing is an integral part of a scientific profession. This workshop will provide a unique opportunity among like-minded women to exchange and develop knowledge in big data to increase our publication output and strengthen the community.

Join us at the Seminarhotel Lihn in Filzbach for this important and beneficial workshop.

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Ethical, Social and Legal Challenges of Big Data

Organizer: Isabel Ebert, University of St. Gallen

Sorry, postponed until further notice

The aim of this retreat is to encourage women from a variety of research fields to collaborate and tackle important ethical, social and legal challenges of immersive digital technology and Big Data.

Join us in iconic Zermatt for this exciting workshop.


More information will become available soon. Watch this space.

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Got a good idea for an exciting student retreat?

We want to fund it!

Our objective is to give junior female scientists—PhD students and post-docs—unique opportunities to demonstrate their organizational leadership by creating student retreats to promote and connect with their peers.

Pitch us your proposals to organize activities that enhance scientific and career knowledge for female students, ranging from high school to university to the post-doc level. Funding can be requested for the authorized activities below.


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What kind of retreat can I propose?

Cultivate knowledge and skills

  • Courses, workshops or other means of education, training and coaching.

  • Multi-day stays at off-site locations such as an appropriate Swiss mountain resort.

  • Example: Writing retreat.

CreatE networking Opportunities

  • Multi-day group activities, such as hiking and skiing trips mixed with career or scientific discussions.

  • Example: Ski retreat.


  • Career-related fairs, discussions or forums.

  • Anything that can promote women in the short or long run.

  • Example: Career fair.


Propose something you feel passionately about!

Eligibility criteria


  • PhD students and post-docs from a Swiss university* can submit a proposal.

  • Your proposal will require the support of your academic supervisor.

  • The proposed activity has to take place in Switzerland.

  • Amount of funding:
    Minimum 5K / maximum 15K CHF
    including any applicable Value Added Tax.

  • Awarded funds will be withdrawn if not utilized within one year of the date granted. 

    *Please contact us per email if you are from a non-Swiss university and want to submit a proposal.


Eligible costs


  • Costs relating to one of the categories listed above.

  • Costs that will produce an external invoice or other means of proof of payment.

  • Costs that are planned to occur within one year.




Non-eligible costs


  • Costs related to a personnel appointment at research institutes, be it new or the extension of an existing personnel appointment.

  • Costs that by their nature will not produce an external invoice or other means of proof of payment.



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How are proposals assessed?

Proposals will be assessed on their

  • Effectiveness to accelerate the promotion of junior female scholars,

  • Soundness of execution plan and organization team,

  • Cost efficiency.


Selection will take place and be communicated within 3 weeks of the submission deadline. The assessment committee reserves the right to require additional information from applicants and/or seek expert advice.

Pitch your proposal

Your proposal must include

  • Objective. Describe your retreat. What concrete goal do you aim to achieve? Why is this goal important to you? What will be the measurable outcome?

  • Planning of the retreat including timeline, location, estimated attendees, and recruitment of participants.

  • Organization. Who will serve on your team? 

  • Budget.

  • Your brief CV with an emphasis on your organizational skills.

  • Max. 3 pages A4.

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