The first virtual career fair
at ETH Zürich

May 5, 2020

– We are preparing the second edition –

About poly-e-fair


At a glance

Get the chance to expand your professional network from any place in the world. All you need is a PC and an internet connection!

You will be able to interact with actual people behind the virtual booths of the various exhibitors and the various networking lounges. In addition, you can listen to our invited speakers. During the non-live part of the event there will be no people to interact with, but you will still be able to access all the material (booths, speeches).

Visit our virtual exhibitor hall

With only a few clicks you can get in contact with real persons behind the virtual booth of each exhibitor. You can even arrange a virtual interview on the spot!

Get inspired by our speakers

Visit our virtual auditorium and follow inspiring, career-oriented talks exclusively available in our platform.

Expand your network and meet with ETH alumni

Learn more about the expanded network of ETH alumni around the globe and get a chance for a 1-1 or group discussions with accomplished professionals in their respective field.

Exhibitors 2019


Speakers 2019

Rector of ETH Zurich

Prof. Dr. Sarah Springman

Sarah Springman has been Full Professor for Geotechnical Engineering at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) since January 1997 and Rector of the university since January She studied engineering sciences at Cambridge University. She then worked for five years as an engineer on several geotechnical projects in England, Fiji, and Australia before returning to Cambridge, where she earned her PhD in soil mechanics in 1989 and established an academic career as a lecturer. Her main interest in research is soil-structure interaction and the geotechnical aspects of natural hazards. Professor Springman has been an active lecturer, winning the Golden Owl, and she has supervised two dozen doctoral students, while she has inspired many young women to take up engineering and science degrees. As Rector of ETH Zurich and within the Executive Board she is responsible for education and as such for 21.000 students. She is in charge of admissions to study programmes at all levels and for the organisation and management of study-related matters.

Senior Career Advisor / Project Manager (ETH Career Center)

Christine Kaiser

Christine started her career in 1993 as a vocational counselor in the first Swiss “Centre de Bilan”, helping long term unemployed individuals re-enter the job market. From there, Christine went on to work at UBS, leading and managing initiatives in the area of talent acquisition, performance and development in Switzerland and Asia. Deciding to change industries, Christine spent the next 14 years in two leading HR services firms, consulting clients on talent development and mobility solutions, as well as managing the business in the functions of Country Manager (shl/CEB) and Director Sales EMEA (Lee Hecht Harrison). Christine holds a Masters in Organisational Psychology, as well as a Masters in Vocational Psychology. She completed her Executive MBA at IMD in 2008.

Thanks to her experience, Christine has an extensive knowledge of the Swiss job market, and understands the talent acquisition and development needs that companies have in today’s competitive environment. She also has a broad expertise of career management and has a passion for coaching students and professionals (alumni, dual career spouses) during their career transitions.

Career Advisor / Project Manager (ETH Career Center)

Solène Wolff

Solène Wolff joined the ETH Carer Center in October 2016. Prior to joining, she worked in the University Relations department of an international energy company and more recently she was a Recruitment Consultant at a big HR consulting company.

Due to her experience she has a broad knowledge in the area of job interviews, CVs and requirements for graduates as well as a deeper understanding of the Swiss labor market. In her role as a Career Advisor and Project Manager she applies her expertise in trainings, workshops and individual counselings for students and doctoral students and she takes care of companies regarding their employer branding activities at ETH.

Solène Wolff is French and is holding a Master in Management of the Skema Business School which also contained exchange programs in Canada and Germany.

Co-founder & CEO WeSpace

Dr. Estefania Tapias

Estefanía is co-founder and CEO at WeSpace. She obtained her Ph.D. at ETH Zurich and worked as a researcher and lecturer on the topic of Future Cities. Estefanía is an honoree of the Forbes 30 under 30 Europe list of 2018, BILANZ Top 100 Digital Shapers 2018, WEF Global Shaper, and Founding President of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Alumni. Estefanía has been invited as speaker in different international events such as the World Web Forum, the Sustainable Innovation Forum – COP21, and the European Forum of Young Innovators – EURODOC. Estefanía is committed to develop and shape initiatives that support the sustainable future of societies and cities.

COO Kenzen

Edith Schmid

Edith Schmid holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from HSG and a Master of Arts in History and Philosophy of Knowledge from ETH. She served as president of the ETH EC in 2015 and brought the ETH EC Alumni to life. Since 2016 she helped build the MedTech IoT Startup Kenzen, where she acts as CEO for the Swiss entity and as COO for Kenzen Global. Kenzen specializes in sweat analysis in order to predict and prevent avoidable injuries and health conditions.

Performance coach

Laura Rijks

After studying motion sciences at the ETH Zurich, Laura Rijks worked in a health center as a prevention officer. There she quickly learned that the healthy body is the basis for personal development. At the same time, however, she realized that the traditional approach -move and eat enough- is often not enough to live a balanced and happy life. She therefore expanded her philosophy of healthy eating and exercise with other aspects, such as sleep and rest, mental energy and positive psychology.

In addition to her work as an independent performance coach, Laura Rijks also works in the athletic department of the FC Zurich Academy. There she is dealing with young athletes who are eager to turn their talent into a career. Her job as an athletic trainer focuses on improving physical performance. However, dealing with young people also shows her how important the right mentality in this top sports environment can be and what significance small details can have on optimal performance.


It is later than April 10 2019, how can the exhibition still be open?

This is one of the cool things about virtual career fairs. You can still freely walk around the fair, visit all the booths and view the keynote speeches! 

Just keep in mind that there are no longer active chat rooms where you can interact with other exhibitors or participants. 

Can I join Poly-e-fair?

Everybody within the ETH Domain can join the Poly-e-fair regardless of his or her affiliation with ETH meaning that all ETH students, PhDs, Postdocs, employees, ETH Alumni as well as members of PSI,  EMPA, WSL and EPFL are very welcome to register.

The registration form can be found on top of this website. For the registration you only have to fill in your name and ETH domain email address. Before the start of the live event you will be asked for more details like the languages you speak or your main field of interest (filling out those is optional). This information simplifies the communication between the companies and the visitors.

How much does it cost?

It is free. 

When does Poly-e-fair take place?

It starts on April 9, 08:00 (CET). The live part of the fair with last until 17:00 (CET) that day and also 08:00-17:00 (CET) the day after, April 10.

What is the difference between the live and non-live part of the event?

During the live part of the event (April 9 and April 10, 08:00 – 17:00 CET) you will be able to interact with actual people behind the virtual booths and the various networking lounges. During the non-live part of the event there will be no people to interact with, but you will still be able to access all the material (booths, speeches). 

How can I benefit from joining poly-e-fair?
Poly-e-fair gives the unique opportunity to connect with companies and inspiring speakers from every place in the world.

You have the possibility to see and discover virtual booths with material presenting our partner companies such as videos or explicit job offers. If you have questions, there is a live chat on the 9th and 10th of April in which you can connect to representatives of the individual companies directly.

In the ETH Alumni Lounge you can meet former ETH students working in different professions. Chatting with them you can learn what helped them finding the way in the jungle of the job market.

Last, but not least, you can watch inspiring speakers talking about all topics around application, work life balance and many more topics.

What does it mean that Poly-e-fair takes place on the 9th and 10th of April? Is the material still available later?

Poly-e-fair taking place on the 9th and 10th of April means that all live parts of the event are only available on these dates from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Live parts of the event are chat rooms where you can directly speak to representatives of companies or ETH Alumni. Also there will be a Info desk during these times where you can connect to the organizers in case of problems during these times.

Outside of the opening hours, all booths including all material like videos or documents are still visible. Also all videos of the keynote speakers can be still watched.

I have problems with the registration or I do not understand how to see or use special features within the job fair. Where do I find help?

If you have problems with the registration please contact us via the email address: polyefair[at]

If you already have access to the virtual fair and you have further questions about the functionality or technical issues, you can find further information at the info desk. During the live part of the event, you can also directly contact the organizers via the info desk.

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