EPFL Wish Foundation


The world needs science & science needs women

Why WISH ?

WISH stands for Women In Science & Humanities.

Our goal is to support young women in STEM, in particular at EPFL, as well as to encourage them to continue their research and pursue their dreams in a higher professional career.

We work on several fields : representation, financial support, coaching and recognition of brilliant women across the world. 

Learn more about our mission here. 

Some key numbers

Although the number of female* students in STEM is on the rise, women represent only 30% of researchers worldwide. (Unesco, 2019)

Women are 23% more likely to drop out of STEM subjects than their male counterparts. The peak of their drop-out is reached following the 7th semester. (IZA, Institute of Labor Economics, 2019)

Women make up only 11% of the tenure-track professors at EPFL. This number goes up to 22% for associate professors and 15% for full professors. (EPFL, Gender Monitoring, 2019)

News from the Foundation

8.3.2022 It is International Women’s Rights Day! Prof. Erna Hamburger, an important role model for the Foundation since she gave her name to the annual prize, is being recognized through a street on campus which now carries her name.

1.3.2022 The EPFL PostDoc Association (EPDA) organises an event to tackler gender-related issues at the workplace to prepare a generation of responsible leaders. The first workshop will take place March 2nd, and the second March 17th. Sign up here.

10.2.2022 The Laboratory for Semi-Conducting Materials (LMSC) organises Women professor lunches where you get the chance to have an informal lunch with female* professors of the campus about once a month. Click here to see the list!

18.10.2021 The Erna Hamburger Award 2021 distinguished Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert, Oxford project leader for ChAdOx1 nCov-19, a vaccine against the novel coronavirus. Missed out on the ceremony? You can catch it here or if check out the event page if you want a quick recap. 

11.10.2021 The Master’s Project Abroad applications are open! You have until Nov. 14th make your dream come true of pursuing your Master’s thesis in a foreign university with the help of the EPFL WISH Foundation. Click here for more information.