Maya Widmer

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Maya Widmer
Independant Senior Advisor on Gender and More

After graduating in German and English studies at the University of Zurich, she worked as scientific assistant, editor and education expert. She lectured, among others, at the universities of Zurich and Basel. She coordinated the Federal Program for Equal Opportunities at Swiss Universities from 2001 to 2004. Since then she has been a member of its steering committee until 2016. From 2004 until 2016 Maya Widmer has been in charge of gender equality in the research funding process at the Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF. During this time she has been a member of the Helsinki Group and she is now alternate member of the standing working group on Gender in Research and Innovation of the European Research Area and Innovation Committee (ERAC). From 2006 to 2007 she chaired the expert group on “Women in Research Decision Making” established by the European Commission. She has also been a member Science Europe`s working group on Gender and Diversity from its start in 2014 until 2017. Following her early retirement in 2016, Maya Widmer is now working as an independent senior advisor on gender and more in higher education (GEMO Widmer).


Country / Countries of Residence: Switzerland

Professional Background

Working Experience

Working experience in Gender Equality since:  2001

Professional Position / Role

Researcher / Scolar

Area of Expertise

Scientific expertise
Facilitation expertise
Topical expertise

Sectors of Work Experience

Universities and Higher Education Sector
Research Funding Organisations

Online Visibility

Availability for Trainings

Availability for Training Formats IN-PERSON

Training ession (duration: half day up to two days)
Speaker in an event (duration: up to half a day)

Willing to travel abroad for trainings: yes

Target Groups

Decision-makers (middle management)
Gender Equality activists / promoters
Gender Equality change agents
Staff assigned to recruitment procedures
Team members of Gender Equality committees and / or working groups

Training Content Types

Gender+: Basic definitions and concepts
Gender Equality Plan: Introduction
Gender Equality Plan: Design and implementation
Gender Equality in leadership and decision-making
Institutional gender analysis
Gender bias in recruitment, promotion and career management
Gender Equality in organisational culture and work-life balance
Sex and gender dimension in research content
Gender sensitive and inclusive communication

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Trainings held during the GE Academy project

No Trainings under GE Academy found
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