The tool of sponsoring as a key to more equality in academia

Academic sponsorship as a key to more equality in academia

You’ve heard of academic mentorship, but what about academic sponsorship? Sponsorship is a career development concept that is used successfully in business. Can it also be used meaningfully in academia?

Join this event at UZH organized by the H.I.T. Program together with the Divmed-Project to learn more about the academic sponsorship. We will explore this in a keynote by Prof. Dr. Heather Hofmeister and a panel discussion in which women professors from various disciplines and universities will discuss the utility and feasibility of this concept.




13.00: Participants arrival & registration

13.15: Welcome

  • Dr. Christiane Löwe, Head Gender Equality and Diversity Office, UZH

13.20: Divmed: Diversity among junior academic staff in medicine

  • Dr. Christina Seyler, Project Manager, Center for Higher Education and Science Studies, UZH
  • H.I.T. Program: High Potential University Leaders Identity & Skills Training Program Inclusive Leadership in Academia
  • Dr. Mihaela Falub, Program Manager, Office for Gender Equality and Diversity, UZH

13.30: Keynote: Talking about you! The tool of sponsoring as a key to more equality

  • Prof. Heather Hofmeister, Center for Leadership and Behavior in Organizations, Faculty of Social Sciences, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

14.30: Coffee break & networking

15.00: Panel: Sponsoring as a key to more equality in academia?

  • Moderator: Prof. Heather Hofmeister

Invited guests

  • Prof. Carole Claire, Unisanté, Faculty of Biology and Medicine, University of Lausanne
  • Prof. Jamie J. Gloor, Competence Centre for Diversity & Inclusion, University of St. Gallen
  • Prof. Bea Latal, University Children’s Hospital Zurich
  • Prof. Laura Nyström, Department of Health Sciences and Technology, ETHZ

Q&A session

16.30: Apéro riche / Networking


Organisation: Office for Gender Equality and Diversity in cooperation with Center for Higher Education and Science Studie

H.I.T. Program and Divmed are supported within the swissuniversities Programme P-7 «Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education Development» 2021-2024.

Registration required, link below


27. Oktober 2023, 13.00 – 16.30


Universität Zürich, Kleine Aula, RAA G-01, Rämistrasse 59, 8001 Zürich