Francesca Verones, alumna of the Swiss Study Foundation, becomes associate professor at the Department for Energy and Process Engineering at the University of Trondheim in Norway.
Francesca Verones was recommended to the Swiss Study Foundation by her high school in Berne and was accepted to the mentoring program in 2004. She actively took part in weekend seminars, summer schools and other kinds of events. She studied environmental engineering at ETH Zurich and obtained her PhD at ETHZ in 2013 from the Chair of Ecological Systems Design with a dissertation on methodologies for the evaluation of water use related impacts on biodiversity within Life Cycle Assessment. Only a short year after obtaining her doctoral degree, she was offered an associate professorship at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. She has fond memories of the Swiss Study Foundation:
” I am convinced that everything I was taught within the mentoring program of the Swiss Study Foundation was extremely useful for this application process! It has definitely helped me succeed in getting the associate professorship. The seminar on rhetorical skills was extremely helpful and so was the course ‘Communicating in a Team.’ Furthermore, participating at the National Model United Nations with a delegation from the Swiss Study Foundation has helped me hone my leadership and negotiation skills. I made a good impression during my job talk, and they chose me as youngest applicant among 13 candidates.”
The Swiss Study Foundation wishes Francesca a great start in Norway.