IDEA Taskforce

In recent years, our group has made significant steps into enhancing our collective awareness on inclusive workspaces through the efforts of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accountability (IDEA) task force. Our primary motivation in establishing such a taskforce was to promote, within our research group, a shared vision of our workplace as a safe environment, where ideas, suggestions, and discussions are always encouraged.

Handmade cards from our speed survey event.


In 2023, during a Women’s Day celebration, all the women scientists of our group gave short presentations on their research work, which were followed by a discussion about the systematic challenges faced by women scientist in academia. These shared experiences inspired us to team up in order to first educate ourselves more in depth on such matters and then to gradually make our workplace safe for everyone.

Thus, the IDEA taskforce was born through our collective need to improve our research group’s commitment to these IDEA-ls (pun intended!).

Past actions

Speed Survey

Women’s Day Quiz

Department Lunch Speed Survey

We are not experts!

While our taskforce continuously advocates for IDEA topics, we acknowledge that we are not experts in these fields. Our events are “handmade” by us and there is a lot of prior work and studying involved to make sure that we approach each topic respectfully and with the attention it deserves. To make sure that we remain aligned with the values of our group, we regularly seek feedback and support from them. This input has helped us improve and learn a lot about how to bring the most positive change with small but impactful actions.

Our team

Nadine's photo

Nadine Hobeika
PhD Researcher

Akshay's photo

Akshay Patil
Postdoctoral Researcher

Ken Arroyo Ohori photo

Ken Arroyo Ohori
Postdoctoral Researcher

Siham photo

Siham EL Yamani
Postdoctoral Researcher