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University of Basel


Day against Sexual Harassment: 23 March 2021


On 23 March, the day against sexual harassment at universities took place. In this context, the University of Basel set itself the goal of informing and raising awareness about this important topic. Two events were held on this occasion, which were attended by many interested people.


Lunchtalk and Q&A session - "The University of Basel and personal integrity - an assessment of the current situation".
At the lunchtalk, around 50 participants were able to ask those responsible for the university administration direct questions on the subject of personal integrity and express their criticism. The result was an exciting exchange that covered a very broad spectrum of topics. An insight into the conversation can be found on the Instagram channel of the University of Basel.

Participants: Nicole Kälin, Head of Diversity, Prof. Dr. Jens Gaab, Delegate for Diversity and Sustainability, Reto Jeker, Head of Human Resources, Melanie Nussbaumer, Coordinator Personal Integrity (moderator)


Discussion on the film "Picture a Scientist

In the evening, interested parties met to discuss the exciting documentary film "Picture a Scientist", which could be viewed individually beforehand. The panel participants from the Faculty of science at the University of Basel discussed, among other things, the extent to which the scenes from the USA can be compared with the situation in Switzerland. The sad conclusion: both the events below the surface of the iceberg (minor derogatory remarks, different valuation of women and men, sexist jokes, etc.) and the events at the tip of the iceberg (sexual harassment, discrimination) occur in the same way in Switzerland. The international researchers even pointed out that they consider Switzerland to be rather conservative in terms of gender roles and images, which makes it difficult for women to conduct research. This makes it all the more important to raise awareness and talk about it so that the appreciative working culture at the University of Basel lives and develops.

Participants: Prof. Dr. Ilaria Zardo, Department of Physics, Swiss Nanoscience Institute, Prof. Dr. Edwin Constable, Department of Chemistry and President of the Swiss Academies' Expert Group on Scientific Integrity, Dr. Rachel Hevey, Research Associate, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Mimi Das, PhD student Swiss TPH, D&I Network, Swiss TPH

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