Women in STEM

A Networking and Discussion Event at the University of Bern

Hear two experienced females with a career in STEM share insights on challenges and opportunities for women in science. After the keynotes, you will have the opportunity to place your own questions in an open discussion with the speakers and two ARTORG researchers.

This free event is designed for female Bachelor, Master and PhD students in STEM subjects at the University of Bern. It is hosted by the ARTORG Center in collaboration with the Center for Space and Habitability (CSH).

Thursday, 21 October 2021
14.00 - 17.00h, online


Time Item Speaker
14.00h Welcome Prabitha Urwyler, Scientific Officer for Bilateral Cooperation at Innosuisse
14.05h Support programs for female students and researchers at University of Bern Lilian Fankhauser, Gender Equality Commission, University of Bern / view presentation
14.15h Keynote 1: 
Career path in STEM: Laser Bioprinting
Ioanna Zergioti, Professor for Physics at the National Technical University of Athens and acting CEO at PhosPrint P.C.

(google scholar profile) / view presentation

14.55h BREAK
Keynote 2:
A career journey in Medical Robotics
Hedyeh Rafii-Tari, Principal Research Scientist, Auris Health Inc. Robotics and Digital Solutions at Johnson & Johnson

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15.45h Open Discussion moderated by Stavroula Mougiakakou, ARTORG Center, AI in Health & Nutrition and Equal Opportunities Officer
16.55h Closing Remarks Prabitha Urwyler
Ioanna Zergioti is a Professor at the National Technical University of Athens since 2003. During her PhD, she worked briefly in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of California, Berkeley on the Laser Induced Forward Transfer process. She was a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institut für Biophysikalische Chemie in Göttingen, on Laser matter interactions studies, and subsequently at the Philips CFT on Laser Sintering of sol gels for electronics until 2000. Ioanna Zergioti is an expert in the field of laser bioprinting and additive manufacturing. The last four years she has focused on translating research on laser bioprinting technology for regenerative medicine applications into commercially viable products within the spin-off PhosPrint P.C.
Hedyeh Rafii-Tari is a Principal Research Scientist within the Robotics and Digital Solutions organization at Johnson & Johnson. She joined the company in 2019 through the acquisition of Auris Health, Inc where she’s been since 2015 leading the Navigation & AI development related to the Monarch® platform, the first commercially available robotic bronchoscope system. Prior to joining Auris, she earned her PhD in Medical Robotics at The Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery at Imperial College London. Hedyeh’s research interests are in surgical navigation, surgical skill and workflow modelling, and image-guided intervention.


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