The Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases




Careers for women in scientific and research branches are particularly emphasized in several of the Training Programs that Synapsy is involved in. Equally, in schools, Synapsy participates by financing activities and events organized by EPFL’s Equal opportunities Office for young girls under the age of 13 and by UNIGE’s Bioscope.

These programs are encouraged by Synapsy, as well as by other National Centers of Competence in Research (NCCR) based at the EPFL as part of a continuing effort to provide a consolidated program aimed at raising the level of participation of women in scientific careers.

Another aspect guaranteed by this partnership is the continued follow-up of successful and productive research projects.

At the academic level, Synapsy monitors that grants destined for clinician scientists are preferentially awarded to equally qualified women candidates.

The main goal of the program is to recruit female scientists and offer them an adequate environment to develop their career by :

  • offering facilities for life-work balance;

  • providing information and documentation about specific opportunities for women;

  • offering support to build careers, providing tools such as courses, mentoring and coaching programs,  answer to their questions, help them identifying their strengths, detecting gaps and drawing up a personal development plan;

  • by retaining and promoting them to higher positions.

Link to Camilla Bellone video
Prof. Camilla Bellone speaks about her work as project leader (1’04”).