Frequently asked questions for the biennial event

Question 1. Is there a registration fee?

Thanks to the generous support of our Partners and sponsors, all activities of the biennial event, as well as the mid-day meal, are entirely free.

Question 2. When does registration open?

Registration opens at noon on September 1st 2019.
Space is limited and the event may fill quickly. We encourage you to register early.
The registration link will be posted on the Homepage.

Question 3. How do I register my daughter(s) for the EYH science event?

Registration will be available online as of September 1st 2019 via the registration link on the Homepage.

Each girl will have the opportunity to select 3 Workshops they would like to attend. On the day of the event each girl will receive their schedule for the day, which will include two workshops and a visit to the Discovery fair.

Question 4. What type of workshop is held?

Each EYH biennial event features active participation workshops which cover maths, science and engineering activities led by women mathematicians, scientists and engineers. During the workshops, young women learn that studying math and science can be fun! They participate in interesting experiments, discover new career options and learn about the importance of studying math and science as much as possible in school.

By calling on local volunteers to lead workshops, girls meet with mathematicians, engineers and scientists who live and work in their own communities, who serve as role models at the event, and who may serve as possible mentors in the future. Additionally a discovery fair will give everyone an opportunity to speak with woman who put their passion for science into practice in their careers.
Consult the list of available workshops on the page Workshops.

Question 5. Where is the venue?

Uni Mail
Bd du Pont-d'Arve 40
1205 Geneva
We encourage you to use public transportation.
Please consult the page Location and transport for more information

Question 6. Is food provided?

Yes. Food and beverages will be available on the day.

Question 7. What happens if I have to cancel my registration?

If you have already registered and realise that can no longer attend the event, please inform us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. There are girls on a waiting list that will gladly take your place.

Question 8. What should the girls wear?

Wear comfortable clothes and don't be afraid to get messy!

Question 9. Can my son or young daughter attend the event?

The event is only open to girls between the ages of 11 and 14.

Question 10. As a parent can I attend the workshops with my daughter?

No, workshops for the girls are intended to allow them to meet women scientists, explore new subjects and discover exciting careers, along with their peers.

Parents of girls who are participating in the event are invited to participate in a forum where we will discuss ways to encourage and support your daughters to maintain an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at school and to later consider a career in these fields. Please consult the Parent forum page for more information.

Question 11. What is the mission of Expanding Your Horizons?

Our mission is to encourage young women to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. Through the Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) events, we provide STEM role models and hands-on activities for middle and high school girls. Our ultimate goal is to motivate girls to become innovative and creative thinkers ready to meet 21st Century challenges.

The EYH events are developed based on the following assumptions:
In order to increase the participation of women in mathematics, science, and engineering careers, there must be an increase in the pool of qualified women. In order for young women to have the option to enter mathematics, science, and engineering careers, they need to choose to take the appropriate mathematics and science courses in high school.

Intervention strategies are needed that increase the participation of girls in mathematics by nurturing enjoyment and confidence in mathematics, by connecting the value of mathematics to career opportunities, by providing career role models, and by actively encouraging girls to persevere in mathematics coursework.

Question 12. Why is there a need for special science event just for girls?

EU research has shown that, in 2017, 41% scientists and engineers in the EU were women. However women made up only 17% of those employed in high and medium-high technology manufacturing.
In Switzerland only 32% scientists and engineers were women.

Figures published by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office showed that in some research sectors in Switzerland very few women received doctorates. For example, in IT and communications technology, there were only 15% in 2016, and in engineering, only 27%. These women worked in the majority in the fields of agriculture and veterinary science (76%) and education (61%). But even in these areas, women did not make it to management positions (only 29% for agriculture and veterinary science).

For girls to be prepared for the 21st century, we must address this early, when they are deciding on what subjects to study in school.

Question 13. Are there any risks involved in participating in the EYH Science Event?

All activities and experiences are conducted under the surveillance of professionals. Some experiments however require the use of electricity, liquid nitrogen or chemicals and there are therefore potential risks such as electrical shocks or burns.

We do request that a parent signs a disclaimer to allow their daughter(s) to participate.