Personality in Residence: Sarah Springman

We are delighted to welcome Professor Dame Sarah Springman, DBE, FREng, as Personality in Residence at SQUARE. Prof. Springman is Principal at St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford. From 2015-2021, she was Rector of ETH Zurich.

Sarah Springman studied engineering science and worked as an engineer before returning to Cambridge University to earn a PhD. In 1997, Springman became professor of Geotechnical Engineering at ETH Zurich. She was the first female Professor of Geotechnical Engineering in Western Europe and the first female Professor of Civil Engineering in Switzerland.​ Alongside a fulfilling career in engineering, Professor Springman was also a high-performance athlete, representing Great Britain and Northern Ireland in triathlon from 1984-1993.

During her visit at SQUARE, the HSG community will be able to speak with Prof. Dame​ Sarah Springman about various aspects of academic and research culture. On Monday, September 9, 17:15-18:45, Prof. Virginia Richter, the Rector of the University of Bern, Prof. Anna Fontcuberta i Morral, President-elect of EPFL Lausanne, and Prof. Edwin Constable, former Vice President for Research at the University of Basel will join a panel discussion moderated by Prof. Claudia Franziska Brühwiler on “What is healthy research culture and how can we facilitate it?”.

The HSG community is furthermore invited to join a discussion on the challenges and delights of doctoral supervision and education. The event on Monday September 9, 14:15-15:45, is titled “So you want to become a doctor…” and is aimed at faculty members who supervise PhD students. On Tuesday, September 10, 10:15-11:45, PhD students engage in a conversation with Prof. Dame Springman. What does healthy research culture mean from the perspective of early career researchers?

Join us in welcoming Prof. Dame Sarah Springman to SQUARE.

Mon
09.09.
17:15
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18:45
2024
Personalities in Residence

What is healthy research culture and how can we facilitate it?

What makes a healthy research culture? What can “healthy” mean in an academic market driven by the logic of “publish or perish” (or “publish and perish”), the obstacles surrounding academic careers and manifold external pressures from politics, media and the public? How can universities create and uphold a healthy research culture? Four current and former university leaders delve into these and other aspects of healthy research cultures, reflecting on their own role as shapers of academic culture.
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Location:
Atrium, 11-0041
Mon
09.09.
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Tue
10.09.
08:00
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18:00
2024
Personalities in Residence

Sarah Springman as Personality in Residence

We are delighted to welcome Professor Dame Sarah Springman as Personality in Residence at SQUARE. Prof. Springman is Principal at St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford. From 2015-2021, she was Rector of ETH Zurich.
Speaker:
Location:
SQUARE
Tue
10.09.
10:15
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11:45
2024
Personalities in Residence

Healthy research culture during PhD Studies

All PhD students are kindly invited to have brunch with Prof. Dame Sarah Springman, former Rec-tor of ETH Zurich and Principal of the St. Hilda’s College at the University of Oxford to discuss how they experience research culture. Prof. Springman has vast experience with all aspects of doctoral studies. Make use of the opportunity to make your voice heard: what does research culture mean from the perspective of early career researchers? What are the challenges that PhD students face? What would need to change in their fields’ research culture? What do PhD students expect from their supervisor, the university and what can PhD students themselves contribute to healthy research en-vironments? 
Speaker:
Location:
Tellstrasse 2, Ehrensenatorenlounge
north