Hedi Fritz-Niggli Visiting Professorship

The University of Zurich’s Code of Conduct Gender Policy confirms the University’s commitment to the balanced representation of women and men in all functions and bodies and attaches specific importance to increasing the proportion of women professors at UZH. In order to heighten the visibility of women professors as role models for junior women academics, the University of Zurich has introduced the Hedi Fritz-Niggli visiting professorship to attract high-profile women professors as visitors at UZH from other universities world-wide.

What is the Hedi Fritz-Niggli Visiting Professorship?

Each Faculty may select and invite a Hedi Fritz-Niggli visiting professor during 2014-17, in accordance with standard procedures at UZH (http://www.prof.uzh.ch). The Hedi Fritz-Niggli visiting professors may spend one semester each at UZH and will be part of a framework program to be determined jointly by the Office for Gender Equality, the Gender Equaltiy Commission, the Faculty and the visiting professor. The program usually consists of a public lecture and additional academic events at the hosting institute, preferably as part of existing course moduls, lecture series, etc. The visiting professors are to be presented at the annual Dies academicus.

How to proceed?

The Office for Gender Equality is responsible for the Hedi Fritz-Niggli visiting professorships and informs the Deans in writing about this opportunity. Faculties wishing to invite a Hedi Fritz-Niggli visiting professor in consultation with the Office for Gender Equality may apply to the President UZH in accordance with standard procedures for visiting professorships.

Prof. Dr. Hedi Fritz-Niggli (1921-2005)

Prof. Hedi Fritz-Niggli (1921-2005) was a radiation biologist and the first woman to become a full professor at the Faculty of Medicine at UZH. She built up her discipline in Switzerland and was the first woman member of the Swiss Science and Technology Council (1969-1978). In 1981 Prof. Fritz- Niggli became an honorary member of the Swiss Society of Radiology for her brilliant achievements. In 1992 she was honored with the Hanns Langendorff Medal.

Prof. Dr. Hedi Fritz-Niggli (1921-2005)