Online event: Shaping Research Culture

Shaping Research Culture

The Graduate Campus together with Life Science Zurich are organizing a shared event “Shaping Research Culture” designed for Life Scientists of UZH and ETH Zurich. The event consists of an intensive workshop and open-minded panel discussion on the theme of “Shaping Research Culture”. 

•    Date 5th Nov from 13:00 to 17:30
•    Registration: here 

At this moment in history our research system is evolving in ways that provide new opportunities and new challenges. Our modern academic system can foster doubtful practices. Nevertheless, positive change in our working environments is possible. It is now more important than ever to understand how the research culture can be developed and used to its strategic advantage, to attract and retain talent and support continued research excellence.

The workshops are open to researchers of all career stages as well as academic support staff (e.g. careers offices and technicians).

Further information

Within this event we will explore how we can promote the cultural conditions that will best enable excellent research and researchers to flourish in the future. The "Shaping Research Culture" workshop is designed to allow blue sky thinking and focused co-creation of manageable impact towards a better research culture! The workshops use creative tools to encourage systems level thinking about what an ideal research culture would look like. Through discussions and brainstorming activities, you will be equipped to start with small positive changes.

We will start by exploring the theme of Meaning of the scientific endeavour. Once we have better understanding of that meaning we can start looking into the best circumstances for such meaning to develop. During our break out session participants can engage in active discussion over the systems view on research and how it is performed. The outcomes of this exchange will be presented in plenum and set the stage for the panel discussion on the topic “Shaping Research Culture”. 


13:00-13:30 Intro and warm-up
13:30-15:15 Parallel group workshops (5 break-out rooms)
15:15-15:30 Break
15:30-17:30 Panel discussion (in plenum)

  • Dr Fanny Georgi  (Postdoc at MLS)
  • Stefan Gugler (PhD student at D-​CHAB)
  • Stéphane Segatori (facilitator and founder of We-Flow)
  • Prof Martin Schwab (Chair at IREM)
  • Dr Rodrigo Villaseñor (Postdoc at DMMD)
  • Prof Denise Mitrano (Assistant Professor at D-USYS)

17:00-17:30 Final remarks and closure (in plenum)

If you are interested in participating to this event, please register your interest here. We aim to collect a diverse academic representation, therefore we would like to know of your background and university position.