Beatrice Beck Schimmer
Full Professor of Anesthesiology and Vice President Medicine, University of Zürich (UZH), Switzerland
Beatrice Beck Schimmer is a full professor of anesthesiology at the University of Zürich (UZH). Currently she is vice president medicine at the UZH and in charge of the leadership and management of the Faculty of Medicine together with the dean and deputy dean. She is responsible for the strategic development of academic medicine at UZH in cooperation with the ETH Zurich and the four University hospitals. Previously, she held the role of vice dean for academic career development and equal opportunities at the Faculty of Medicine of the UZH. She studied medicine at the University of Bern and gained her habilitation at the University of Zurich in 2003. From 2005 to 2018, in parallel to her research and teaching activities, she was chief of service at the Institute of Anesthesiology at the University Hospital Zurich. She has been full professor of anesthesiology since 2009. In 2013, together with the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Medicine, Beatrice established a program for physician scientists called "Filling the Gap" to provide protected research time to young talented colleagues with a special focus on women. This action plan should allow increasing the number of women professors at the faculty level or in leading positions. From 2012 to 2018 she was a member of the Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation, where she was not only involved in evaluating research, but also as president of the specialized committee "Careers" and member of the Presiding Board, which has a main focus on funding policy and the elaboration of funding schemes.