WIE Events (Archive)

All the events below (which contain mention of the IEEE WIE Switzerland) have been organized by Dr. Maria-Alexandra Paun, Chair of IEEE Switzerland Women in Engineering Affinity Group.

There are also few events which are organized by other people/organizations, but advertised here due to the fact that are beneficial for women engineers.


Geneva, 07.11.2017, IEEE Switzerland WIE Booth at FISITA 2017 Conference

Dr. Maria-Alexandra Paun was personally invited to have a IEEE Switzerland Women in Engineering booth at the FISITA World Automotive Summit 2017 conference, held in Geneva, 7-8.09.2017. She has interacted with many people (most of them non-IEEE members) on the subject of IEEE Switzerland and IEEE Switzerland Women in Engineering. She had set up her booth with the promotional material received from IEEE. 

Lausanne, 14-15.10.2017 IEEEXtreme 11.0 24h Programming Competition at EPFL, 14-15.10.2017
An EPFL team with Dr. Maria-Alexandra Paun as their proctor wins the 11th edition of the 24h programming competition, for the second year in a row. Congratulations to them!  
Lausanne, 10.10.2017 Below is an opportunity sent to me by Paul Roseingrave, ASCENT Access Programme Co-ordinator.

ASCENT Research Accelerator Programme for PhD students
ASCENT provides easy access to state-of-the-art nanoelectronics facilities at imec in Belgium, CEA-Leti in France and Tyndall in Ireland.

The Research Accelerator Programme gives PhD students an on-site introduction to the technology available in the three partner sites. This will give students a clear insight into how they can use ASCENT to accelerate their own research.
First Call:
PhD students are invited to apply
for up to six places to visit imec in Belgium where they will be introduced to the ASCENT access programme and attend advanced training in nanoelectronics reliability techniques over four days. Further opportunities will follow in the two other partner sites early in 2018.
How to apply:
An Application Form and CV should be submitted through the ASCENT web site before Friday 20th October 2017.
Successful applicants will be notified before 31st October 2017.
What is covered?
ASCENT will support training and travel/subsistence costs.
Eligibility:  Registered PhD students are eligible to apply for one course outside their own country.
Next step:  Apply online NOW – closing date Friday 20th October 2018

All applications to the PhD accelerator programme through the above link will receive a confirmation email.


Lausanne, 02.10.2017 IEEE Day Celebration at EPFL

Organized by the IEEE Switzerland Section, this full day event was devoted to recognizing Women in Engineering.

Through the presence of Dr. Maria-Alexandra Paun, Chair of IEEE Switzerland and IEEE Switzerland WIE Affinity Group, this event was trully in line with the objectives of WIE.

With more that 30 guests, presence and Keynote talk of Prof. Martin Vetterli, President of EPFL and a panel of 6 female speakers, this was a great and well received event.

Dr. Maria-Alexandra Paun helped in organizing this event and also delivered a talk herself, as researcher currently working at EPFL.


Lausanne, 10.07.2017

The University of Geneva and the IoT Forum are Joining their Forces to Offer a
Master in Advanced Studies on the Internet of Things

A Master on the Internet of Things with Top European Experts

The University of Geneva, the IoT Forum and Mandat International are joining their forces to establish a new Master in Advanced Studies on the Internet of Things. This new master will be hosted by the University of Geneva and will be taught by selected experts from all over Europe to cover the various modules. It will provide a comprehensive education on the Internet of Things, encompassing the technological, societal and economic aspects. It will of course also cover topics such as security and data protection.

Tailored for Active Professionals

In order to ease the participation of professionals, the Master programme is organized on a 1 year cycle with courses planned on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, plus 6 months to complete the Master thesis. The programme will present the latest innovations and developments from the industry and research community.

Who should attend

The programme is tailored for participants interested to shape and lead the strategy of their company/administration in the Internet of Things domain, as well as for those interested to develop and implement Internet of Things related projects. It will also set the basis of a regional network of practitioners in the Internet of Things domain interested in collaboration and sharing of experiences. 

Why should you attend

The Internet of Things will be the prime source of innovation and changes in many application domains, from energy to transportation, from smart cities to agriculture and water management, from Health to watch industry and wearables. The European Commission estimates that the Internet of Things market value in EU will exceed one trillion euros in 2020. The Master is a unique opportunity to meet the best experts in this domain and enable you to play a leading role in this transformation.   

Certificates in Advanced Studies and Individual Modules

Participants can also apply to attend only a part of the programme by registering for a Certificate in Advanced Studies (CAS) (6 weekends) or individual modules (2 weekends). However, the priority will be given to full master applications.

Practical Info and Link
Start:                    Mid-October 2017
Location:            Mainly University of Geneva
Duration:            1 year of courses +  6 months of Master thesis


Lausanne, 20.06.2017

GLOBE info N° 140 | 14.062017

Marie Curie, women and science, then and now

Lecture by Hélène Langevin-Joliot, Emeritus Research Director at the CNRS, granddaughter of Marie Curie

Globe of Science and Innovation - CERN

Thursday 29 June 2017 8:30 pm

With the participation of l’Echo du Reculet from Thoiry.

Conference in French with simultaneous interpretation
Registration mandatory here

Hélène Langevin-Joliot, Emeritus Research Director in Fundamental Nuclear Physics at the CNRS in Orsay, France, daughter of Frédéric and Irène Joliot-Curie (Nobel laureates for Chemistry in 1935) and granddaughter of Pierre Curie (Nobel laureate for Physics in 1903) and Marie Curie (Nobel laureate for Physics in 1903 and for Chemistry in 1911).

Langevin-Joliot will present her life in science, her extraordinary family history and the role of women in science more generally. Langevin-Joliot has given her all to her career as a passionate and committed nuclear physicist while always defending those causes close to her heart, such as campaigning against the deployment of nuclear technology for military purposes, championing access to scientific careers for women and inspiring as many people as possible to take an interest in science.

This lecture will also provide an opportunity to shed some light on the image above. In 1930, Marie Curie and Albert Einstein came for lunch in the Pays de Gex, at the Hôtel Léger in Thoiry. The hotel is now a bakery... but what were Curie and Einstein discussing with their colleagues and what was the occasion?


Lausanne, 26.05.2017

The University Programs Team at Google launches call for applications for the second edition of Google’s Inside Look program, a two day series of events we are running for Computer Science Students across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. They launched Inside Look last year with great success, bringing 54 students from 17 different countries and a wide range of backgrounds to Google for a series of tech talks, workshops, and other exciting technical content.

Selected students will get to hear from a diverse range of Googlers about the projects and products they are working on, as well as their path to Google. Attendees will also benefit from workshops and hands-on skills training aimed at preparing them technically, as well as building their confidence for a promising future in tech. Inside Look is committed to supporting diversity at Google and the tech industry as a whole. Students who are members of a group that is historically underrepresented in the technology field are encouraged to apply.

This might interest students studying Computer Science (or a related degree) who are continuing their studies after summer of 2018 and encourage them to apply to Google’s Inside Look program? The travel costs to/from London and hotel accommodation for the students who are selected to attend will be covered. 

Registration is now open until 18th of June 2017, and students will be contacted with the selection results by July 14th.

DATE 2017 Conference MOS-AK Workshop, 31.03.2017, SwissTech Convention Center, EPFL

Dr. Maria-Alexandra Paun, Chair of IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity Group Switzerland, is pleased to support this event.

For more details, please check the following link: http://mos-ak.org/lausanne_2017/

The MOS-AK workshops are HiTech forums to discuss the frontiers of electron device modeling with emphasis on simulation-aware compact/SPICE models. MOS-AK Meetings are organized with aims to strengthen a network and discussion forum among experts in the field, enhance open platform for information exchange related to compact/Spice modeling and Verilog-A standardization, bring people in the compact modeling field together, as well as obtain feedback from technology developers, circuit designers, and CAD tool vendors. The topics cover all important aspects of compact model development, implementation, deployment and standardization within the main theme - frontiers of the compact modeling for nm-scale MEMS designs and CMOS/SOI circuit simulation.

DATE combines the world’s favorite electronic systems design and test conference with an international exhibition for electronic design, automation and test, from system-level hardware and software implementation right down to integrated circuit design. Organizing the MOS-AK workshop as an integral part of the DATE Conference would allow us to further promote the compact/SPICE modeling and its Verilog-A at such top level European exhibition and conference. This is also an opportunity to draw more attention to all related activities within the Swiss IEEE in particular its Circuits & Systems / Electron Devices Chapter as well as WiE Affinity Group.
Lausanne, 28.03.2017

If you are interested, the EDS society is giving 3 Master and 3 PhD fellowships for each region (deadline May 15):


Lausanne, 10th of February 2017

Dr. Maria-Alexandra Paun has the great pleasure to present you the following Workshop, organized together with Prof. Catherine Dehollain, from EPFL, entitled "Data communication and remote powering for biomedical applications". This event will take place on Friday 24th of February 2017, at EPFL Lausanne, Room BC 01, from 09:00-17:00, and will have Speakers from Academia, Industry and Medical doctors. 

On this occasion, Dr. Maria-Alexandra Paun will deliver a talk entitled "Modeling and analysis of antennas in cochlear implants".     

Do not hesitate to contact Dr. Maria-Alexandra Paun, if you have questions regarding this event.  


 "IEEEXtreme 24h" 10.0 programming competition, 22.10.2016

An EPFL team, with Dr. Maria-Alexandra Paun as proctor won the competition! Congratulations! 

We have organized the "IEEEXtreme 10.0" 24h programming competition at EPFL, on 22.10.2016.
It is my great pleasure to announce that the worldwide contest has been won by a team from EPFL, for which I was their Proctor.

More details about the official final rankings could be found at this address:

In total, we have had three teams from EPFL participating, and the second team came in the 138th position out of around 2000 active teams.


12.09.2016 The 14th MOS-AK Workshop was held in Lausanne, on September 12th, 2016, during the ESSDERC/ESSCIRC 2016 Conference.

Dr. Maria-Alexandra Paun has delivered a scientific talk on this occasion, entitled "On the humidity sensors based on MWCNTs/MMA composite in SOI CMOS technological process".

For more information, please check the following link: http://www.mos-ak.org/lausanne_2016


08.03.2016 On the ocassion of the International Women's Day, Dr. Maria-Alexandra Paun, Chair of IEEE WIE Switzerland, wishes all ladies of IEEE Switzerland a very happy celebration.

Looking forward to seeing you on future events that we will be organizing.


03.03.2016 The upcoming MOS-AK Workshop will take place in Dresden, Germany, on 18.03.2016.

The MOS-AK compact modeling workshop program is available online at the address: <http://www.mos-ak.org/dresden_2016/>


18.09.2015 On the Activities of the IEEE Switzerland Women in Engineering, Graz, Austria

Dr. Maria-Alexandra Paun, Chair of IEEE Switzerland Women in Engineering Affinity Group has delivered a talk on the activities and objectives of the Group, within the MOS-AK Workshop in Graz, Austria.

In my active involvement in this Swiss IEEE WIE Chairmanship, it was my pleasure to present the activities that I have organized throughout the years.

More details could be found at this link: http://www.mos-ak.org/graz_2015/

Framework of the Talk:

Arbeitskreis Modellierung von Systemen und Parameterextraktion

Modeling of Systems and Parameter Extraction Working Group


Venue and date: Graz, Austria, September 18th 2015


23.03.2015 Women in Engineering Talk, University of Kent, at Canterbury, UK

Dr. Maria-Alexandra Paun (University of Cambridge, UK), the Chair of IEEE WIE Switzerland was invited to give a talk on "Women in Engineering", on March 23rd, 2015, during the Breaking Barriers Event, organized by the University of Kent, at Canterbury.

You could find more details on the "Careers and Employability Service", from University of Kent at Canterbury website, at the link.


26. 11. 2014  "Die Roboter kommen" Event, 17:30-19.30, Aula Kantonsschule Hohe Promenade, Zürich

Organizers: Swiss Engineering, FAEL (Fachgruppe Elektronik und Informatik)

Co-Organizers: Electrosuisse, HSR (Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil), SATW, IEEE Switzerland Section, swissT.net (swiss technology network), serec (swiss electromagnetics research & engineering centre), v research (Industrielle Forschung und Entwicklung), TGZ, VDI (Verein Deutscher Ingenieure)

The Invited Speakers were Dr. Sjur Vestli: "Mobile Roboter im industriellen Einsatz", Rafael Hostettler: "Vom Mensch zur Maschine und zurück", Dr. Robin Phillips: "Antriebe für Marsexpeditionen", Dr. Simon Muntwyler: "Nano-Roboter -- kleiner geht's kaum!"

There was also an Aperitif, which was sponsored by IEEE Switzerland Section.


All talks were in German.

The organizers kindly offered no entry fee for female participants, while for the other participants, there is an attendance fee to be paid between 20-30 CHF.

More details on Swiss Engineering web site: here.


26.09.2014 IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Presentation

During the MOS-AK Workshop in Venice, Italy, Dr. Maria-Alexandra Paun, Chair of IEEE Switzerland WIE offered a talk about the objectives and activities of WIE Affinity Group.


12. 06. 2014 Networking event and apéro, 17:45-19:00, Room ELB 130, EPF Lausanne 

Description: The IEEE EPFL Student Branch and IEEE Switzerland Women in Engineering, through its Chair, Dr. Maria-Alexandra Paun, are happy to announce the following Apero/Networking Event, to be held at EPFL, following the IEEE Switzerland ExCom meeting.

If you want to learn more about IEEE in general, IEEE Switzerland in particular, and all the benefits the membership entails, do not hesitate to come and meet us on this occasion. Everyone is welcome!

You can find more details on the announcement page:



12. 02. 2014 Talk between Women in Engineering at Cambridge University, UK

Description: The talk was initiated and managed by IEEE Switzerland WIE Chair, Dr. Maria-Alexandra Paun who is currently a postdoctoral fellow at University of Cambridge, UK. The meeting aimed to be a discussion between women scientists at University of Cambridge, UK. Some of the concerns raised at this meeting are the increase of women researchers visibility and the future careers of female postdocs. Also, this will be followed up by a second WIE meeting at University of Cambridge, UK, which should also aim at students participation.

Keywords: Women in Engineering, Scientific Visibility, Motherhood and career, Equality of Chance.


10. 12. 2013 Graduate and Supervisors Dinner in Jesus college

Description: Dr. Maria-Alexandra Paun was invited to the Graduate and Supervisors dinner on December 10th 2013 in Jesus college, University of Cambridge, UK. This is an occasion for PhD students and their supervisors or senior researchers to meet and discuss on an informal base. Among the subjects which were brought up are the decision for a future career (academic vs. industry) for actual PhD students and also the ability to be mobile in the search for future endeavours/career paths in the scientific research field.

Keywords: Female Engineers Career, Scientific research, Research mobility.


20.10.2012 IEEE Solid State Circuits Society, Switzerland, IEEE Electron Device Society, Switzerland and IEEE Student Branch, EPFL

Date and Location: October 20th, 2012, 16h00 -18H00, Room IMN200, EPFL

Description: Distinguished IEEE Lecturer: Professor Etienne Sicard (INSA Toulouse, University of Toulouse, France)

"3D-Integrated Circuits: A Focus on Signal Integrity and Electromagnetic Compatibility"

The talk was followed by an apero.


11. 01. 2012  IEEEXtreme 5.0 Programming Competition Organization at EPFL (IV)

The IEEEXtreme 5.0 (24-hour programming competition) organized by IEEE WIE Switzerland Chair, Maria-Alexandra Paun has been advertised in EPFL Internal Magazine, "Flash".

IEEE EPFL Student Branch and its activities became in this way visible to a large audience.

At this international online contest, Switzerland was represented by EPFL with four teams.

The event was very well received.


01. 11. 2011 IEEEXtreme 5.0 Programming Competition Organization at EPFL (III)

The international IEEEXtreme Programming Competition 5.0 took place at EPFL on October 22nd 2011. The successful event was open to IEEE members and it was co-organized on behalf of the IEEE EPFL Student Branch by Maria-Alexandra Paun, PhD student in Microelectronics and Chair of IEEE WIE Affinity Group in Switzerland.

On this occasion, four teams represented EPFL and wrote code to solve the 17 proposed problems in four phases, for 24 hours non-stop. The programmers were tested not only for their coding expertise, but also for the speed and stamina in solving as many questions as possible.

The programming test of endurance has proven to be a worldwide success:

   * IEEEXtreme 5.0 welcomed members from 65 countries in every region!
   * More than 1'500 teams registered - over 4'000 students and 450 proctors!
   * There were 31'444 solution submissions!

The final results are to be announced by IEEE in November.


07. 10. 2011 IEEEXtreme 5.0 Programming Competition Organization at EPFL (II)

Four teams joined the IEEEXtreme 5.0 Programming Competition at EPFL.

We are looking forward to the start of the competition!


27. 09. 2011 IEEEXtreme 5.0 Programming Competition Organization at EPFL (I)

IEEE WIE Switzerland Chair, Maria-Alexandra Paun organized at EPFL on October 22nd the IEEEXtreme 5.0 Programming Competition which lasts for 24h non-stop!

We kindly welcome the most motivated programmers.


25. 05. 2011 Talk, IEEE WIE Switzerland Chair, Maria-Alexandra Paun

The inaugural event of the IEEE EPFL Student Branch was held on May 30th at EPFL.

Within this framework, IEEE WIE Switzerland Chair, Maria-Alexandra Paun will be giving a short presentation about IEEE Women in Engineering.

On this occasion, IEEE WIE Switzerland Chair, Maria-Alexandra Paun promoted the aim, mission and activities of the Women in Engineering Affinity Group.

We are looking forward to your attendance!