Networking science.

The Swiss Young Academy networks young researchers from a wide range of scientific disciplines and creates an inspiring environment for inter- and transdisciplinary exchange and innovative ideas. Its members are the representatives of Swiss science in the national and international context and are regarded as the young voice of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences.

Challenging Inequalities Retreat:
Creating space for First-gen/
BIPOC/Jewish/Migrant Early
Career Researchers

Early Career Researchers (ECRs) who are part of socially marginalized groups have been identified as particularly vulnerable to the logics of the neoliberal university as they additionally face discrimination. The three-day retreat invites ECRs who identify as first generation academics and/or Black/Indigenous/People of Colour/Jewish/Migrants to
co-create a transformative space where participants can openly talk about their experiences, debate institutional politics, foster solidarity, and build mentoring relationships. 


Collectively, we will identify systemic obstacles, which should be addressed institutionally
so that inequalities and precarity in Swiss academia can be combated.


You can participate if you are a PhD student or postdoc affiliated with a Swiss academic institution, and self-identify as first-generation academics and/or BIPOC/Jewish/Migrant.
The participation will be free of charge and accommodation and travel will be provided. Although the main language of the retreat will be English, we do not expect a perfect mastery of English, and ad hoc support will be provided.


The retreat will be facilitated by a wide range of experts, including senior scholars and academia-adjacent professionals from different disciplines who themselves identify as
first-generation and/or BIPOC/Jewish/Migrant.


Time:         Monday, 13th September 2021 - Wednesday, 15th September 2021

SYA Organizers

Stefanie Boulila (Lecturer and project manager at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts), Alexandre Bovet (Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Oxford), Estefania Cuero (PhD candidate at University of Lucerne), Anna Jobin (Senior Researcher at Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin), Robbie l‘Anson Price (University of Geneva), Gustavo Ruiz Buendía (Bioinformatician at the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics)



Project Group (A – G)

Boulila Stefanie
Bovet Alexandre
Cuero Estefania
Eeftens Marloes
Georgi Fanny

H –Z

I'Anson Price Robbie
Jobin Anna
Kessler Sabrina
Mueller Lucas