Equal opportunities

As an international research institute, Eawag employs people from many different countries and cultures all over the world. Two thirds of our employees are scientists, and around 30 percent work in technical and administrative departments. It is especially important to us that women and men in all professional areas are represented to an equal extent and that they genuinely experience equality.

In order to ensure that this is the case, Eawag subscribes to the following fundamental principles:


…promotes equality of opportunity, especially between women and men.

…encourages women in all areas and at all levels, particularly when it comes to entering management roles.

…conducts fair and transparent appointment and promotion processes, irrespective of gender.

…places a high value on respecting cultural diversity in the workplace and in society.

…does not tolerate discrimination in the workplace.

…supports combining family with career.

The implementation of these principles is supported through the following activities:

  • Monitoring to ensure compliance with the above principles, and considering and working through suggestions for possible improvement on these.
  • Encouragement of networking and mentoring activities and opportunities for professional development and education.
  • Encouragement of cooperation that bridges cultural differences through information and roundtable events.
  • Supporting employees to find flexible and individual solutions to balance the demands of work and family.

These activities are supported by the Equal Opportunities Committee and by Equal Opportunities Officers at Eawag.