WiBD 2019

2nd International Workshop for Women in Big Data

20 - 21 June 2019, Marriott Courtyard, Zurich North

Objectives & scope

The goal of this workshop is to bring together women working on Big Data research in academia and industry, to discuss our work and as well as to talk about our career challenges and possible solutions. Moreover, we strive to exchange research and career insights across different disciplines, and to celebrate and support each other.

The workshop is organized as part of the National Research Program “Big Data” (NRP 75), administered by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). The focus of NRP 75 is on Big Data research from multiple disciplinary perspectives, tackling a variety of technical, societal, regulatory, and ethical research issues.

This all-women workshop cuts across disciplines. It brings together international scholars working on Big Data research with NRP 75 women for talks, posters, panel discussions, as well as informal exchanges. The workshop invites women working on Big Data research to connect with each other, to discuss the challenges they face in their careers as well as in research, and to allow for potential exchanges leading to future research collaboration.

Is this workshop right for you?

In Switzerland, fewer than half of all students in STEM fields — life sciences, technology, engineering, and math — are women. This applies to all levels of university training and is particularly pronounced in computer and information sciences, math, and engineering. Across the globe, women account for less than one-third of those employed in scientific research and development. What’s more, women are less likely to enter and more likely to leave tech-intensive business roles.

We consider it important to have an open and broader discussion on building, advancing, and maintaining careers for women in STEM fields as well as other disciplines based on technological and mathematical skill sets, including the social sciences, law, and philosophy, all of which work with Big Data-related research questions. This workshop is the first organized discussion within the NRP 75 framework.

The workshop is targeted at women in all career stages, from doctoral students to senior scientists and professors, including all women PIs, post-docs, and doctoral students within the NRP 75 framework, who are working on Big Data-related research.


Dfinity Foundation
University of Yale

Annie Bissonnette

University of Zurich

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