Equality, diversity, and inclusion are core values of SIB as an employer and as the ambassador of the Swiss bioinformatics community. Find out what these terms mean in practice, why they matter to us, and the actions undertaken to support them throughout our activities and in science in general.
How can EDI principles be further fostered at SIB
In addition to the examples above, this can be done
- … through the identification and monitoring of indicators across the various dimensions of diversity in the community of Swiss bioinformatics (e.g. qualitative and quantitative surveys)
- … through the improvement of processes (e.g. gender balanced representation in our official bodies and events) and policies (e.g. inclusive definition of parental leave, travel grants for women, social media campaign for women in science)
- … through an open dialogue and awareness raising with training (e.g. unconscious bias training as part of leadership courses), dedicated events (e.g. ‘Picture a scientist’ screening and discussion; a workshop on sex and gender biases in data science and AI)
- … through collaborations to develop and ensure best practices both internally and with our partners in Switzerland and abroad
Meet the Diversity working group
The SIB-wide Diversity working group was created to support and promote EDI principles across the institute’s activities. Its mission is endorsed by the Council of Group Leaders as well as by SIB's Management, who are informed of the conclusions and recommendations. Marie Dangles, Director of Communications, People & Culture acts as the sponsor of the initiative.
The group includes employees and members from different locations and with different levels of seniority:
- Aitana Neves (Chair), Team Lead Data Science, Geneva;
- Maïa Berman, Team Lead Communications, Lausanne;
- Marie-Claude Blatter, Outreach Manager, Geneva;
- Vidhya Jagannathan, Data Scientist, Bern;
- Ute Roehrig, Senior Research Scientist, Lausanne;
- Julien Roux, Senior Scientist, Basel;
- Robert Waterhouse, Director, Environmental Bioinformatics, Lausanne;
- Leonore Wigger, Senior Computational Biologist, Lausanne.