Signing for gender equality in physics research

By Els de Wolf. Published on 19 February 2018 in:
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To advance recruitment and career progression of female physicists and engineers, the directors of the four NWO physics research institutes the Netherlands, AMOLF, ARCNL, DIFFER and Nikhef, have signed Gender Equality Plans. The official ceremony took place on January 22nd, 2018 at the start of the large Physics@Veldhoven conference in front of the physics community in the Netherlands. It kicked off a systematic approach to accelerate improving the gender balance in the national physics research institutes, leading to structural changes. By publicly signing the plans, the four institute directors emphasised their commitment to and the legitimacy of the agreed actions and measures for gender equality.

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New Data on Gender Inequality in Sciences Salaries

By American Institute of Physics. Published on 20 November 2017 in:
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There is a difference between male and female physics faculty salaries and the culture of physics is partly to blame, according to an article that is available for free this month from Physics Today, the world’s most influential and closely followed magazine devoted to physics and the physical sciences community.

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February 11th, the UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science

By Claudine Hermann, Véronique Pierron-Bohnes. Published on 21 March 2017 in:
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On 22 December 2015, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution to establish an annual International Day to recognise the critical role that women and girls play in science and technology communities: “Girls continue to face stereotypes and social and cultural restrictions, limiting access to education and funding for research, preventing them from scientific careers and reaching their full potential. Women remain a minority in science research and decision-making”, wrote Irina Bukova, Director-General of the UNESCO. A celebration event took place on February 9th 2017 morning at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, focusing on Building capacity and Empowering women and girls and on various actions on Women, Science and Society.

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GENERA Gender in Physics days in Europe

By Els de Wolf. Published on 21 March 2017 in:
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In general, the physics research community fosters the assumption of being gender neutral. However, despite this, the under-representation of women in physics research is a long-standing and persistent issue. With this in mind, an international Consortium of Research Performing and Research Funding Organisations have engaged in the H2020 GENERA project which aims at continuing, monitoring and improving their Gender Equality Plans customised for the physics research community. The project started in September 2015 and is now half-way through its project life time.

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VII EPS Forum Physics and Society: “Getting the Diversity Balance Right in Physics”

By e-EPS. Published on 23 May 2016 in:
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The VII EPS Forum Physics and Society will take place from 26-28 October 2016 at the Institute of Physics in London, United Kingdom. It is organised by the European Physical Society in collaboration with the Institute of Physics.

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Spring 2015 EPS Emmy Noether Distinction for Anna Fontcuberta i Morral

By Lucia Di Ciaccio. Published on 28 July 2015 in:
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It is a great pleasure to announce that the Spring 2015 EPS Emmy Noether Distinction for Women in Physics goes to Prof. Anna Fontcuberta i Morral, Institut des Matériaux, EPFL, Switzerland. Prof. Fontcuberta i Morral has made pioneering contributions to the physics of semiconductor nanostructures and their applications in mesoscopic physics and energy harvesting.

After a PhD in Materials Science at the Ecole Polytechnique (France), and a postdoctoral contract at the California…

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Editorial – Getting girls into Physics – are we saying the wrong things?

By Averil McDonald. Published on 25 September 2014 in:
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We are all keen to engage more girls in physics. And, certainly in the UK, there have been initiatives and large amounts of money thrown at this problem for the past 30 years. Yet the percentage of girls taking physics up to age 18 and as undergraduates has remained stubbornly at about 20%. We can only conclude that everything we have tried has made NO difference to the uptake of physics by girls.

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EPWS Paris Conference 2014

By Bénédicte Huchet. Published on 26 May 2014 in:
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The European Platform of Woman Scientists [EPWS] Conference “New Perspectives on Women Scientists Careers in Europe” will be held on 11 June 2014 in Paris, France.

In 2003, the EPWS was created as an international non-profit organisation that represents the needs, concerns, interests, and aspirations of more than 12.000 women scientists in Europe and beyond.

The EPWS brings together networks engaged in promoting women scientists as well as…

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Colloquium Women, Science and Technology

By Claudine Hermann. Published on 28 April 2014 in:
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The colloquium Women, Science and Technology held in Poitiers, France, from 27-28 January 2014, focussed on the diagnosis of gender issue at a regional scale and on the perspectives and impacts on practical experience from the national and European stakes. It was co-organised by French association Femmes & Sciences, a member of the European Platform of Women Scientists [EPWS].
On 27 January 2014, the colloquium, with an audience of 300 attendees, ended with the signature of the “Regional Convention for Equality between girls and boys, women and men in the all-life -long education system” by…

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Structural Change in Promoting Gender Equality in Research

By Els de Wolf. Published on 20 December 2013 in:
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On 21-22 November 2013, the International SAPGERIC conference on “Structural Change Promoting Gender Equality in Research” took place in Vilnius, Lithuania. The conference was organised by Vilnius University Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astronomy, under the auspices of the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council. Two issues were central to all presentations and discussions about the gender equality in research: awareness and accountability of the leadership in European research and visibility through…

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IUPAP invites women to attend conferences

By Bénédicte Huchet. Published on 25 March 2013 in:
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The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics [IUPAP] launched for the second year a grant programme to fund the attendance of women in conferences or schools.

Up to 14 grants between $700 and $800 are available. Only women physicists from Eastern Europe or developing countries may apply. Due to limited funding, those who have received a grant in the past, under this program, are not eligible for a second grant…

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EPS Emmy Noether Distinction for Women in Physics

By Ana Proykova. Published on 27 February 2013 in:
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It is a great pleasure to announce that the winter 2013 EPS Emmy Noether Distinction for Women in Physics goes to Dr. Alessandra Gatti, Institute of Photonics and Nanotechnologies [IFN-CNR], Como, Italy.

The distinction was awarded to Alessandra Gatti for her contributions to physics – the introduction of concepts of quantum images, spatial entanglement, and quantum entangled images in the beginning of the nineties. “These concepts contributed in a substantial way to the birth of a new field – quantum imaging” reads…

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