Webinar «The New Normal» 28. October 2020

Christina Seyler

Short bio
Christina Seyler holds a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Karlsruhe. She then completed her doctorate at the ETH Zurich on the subject of Life Cycle Assessment. After a few more years at the ETH as a research assistant, she went into the private sector and worked in an engineering office as an energy and environmental consultant. After 12 years of struggle trying to combine career and family, she involuntarily dropped out of professional life. While trying to figure out what had gone wrong, she decided to study Sociology at the University of Zurich. After having received the bachelor’s degree, she reoriented her career and is currently working as a project manager at the Office for Gender Equality and Diversity at the University of Zurich. In addition, she gives lectures on the topic of reconciliation of work and family life and is on the board of SVIN

Abstract
Reconciling career and family in Switzerland. What do STEM women experience?
STEM*-women realize that it gets difficult when they have children but still want to stay in their jobs. The challenges are manifold: the children often come at a time when one should devote oneself fully to the job, the partner is usually just as committed to the career as the mother, part-time jobs in engineering professions are not always possible. Furthermore, the situation in Switzerland seems to be even more complicated than in other countries.
The presentation will give you some background information to help you better understand the situation of families in Switzerland. It will also present some of the results obtained in a working group dealing with the specific situation of STEM-women in Switzerland.

*STEM: Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics