Opportunity at CERN for returners to science and engineering

Applications are now open for CERN post-career break fellowships.  Applications close 4th September 2017. Further information is available on the CERN website here.

Sveva Avveduto at Gender Summit 11 Tokyo

Sveva Avveduto attended Gender Summit 11 in Tokyo as a GENERA representative.

Helene Schiffbaenker at International workshop

Helene Schiffbaenker from Joanneum Research takes part in the
International Workshop on Structural Change for Gender Equality in Research: What Is It All About?
19 May 2017 – Academic Conference Centre, Husova 4a, Prague 1, Czech Republic

GENERA gains 10th new observer

March 26: the Weizmann Institute of Science (https://www.weizmann.ac.il) agrees to join GENERA as observer partner to help advance implementation of Gender Equality Plans in physics institutions.
The Weizmann Institute of Science is one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary basic research institutions in the natural and exact sciences. It is located in Rehovot, Israel, just south of Tel Aviv. It was initially established as the Daniel Sieff Institute in 1934, by Israel and Rebecca Sieff of London in memory of their son Daniel. In 1949, it was renamed for Dr. Chaim Weizmann, the first President of the State of Israel and Founder of the Institute.

JSAP 64th Spring Conference

25 March 2017, Yokohama, Elizabeth Pollitzer explained GENERA at a symposium organised by the Japan Society of Applied Physics as part of the JSAP’s 64th Spring Conference

Sveva Avveduto at Italian House of Commons

As GENERA representative, Sveva Avveduto attended Workshop at the Italian House of Commons Library (Biblioteca della Camera dei Deputati, Roma) on March 8th for the Digital Women Workshop.

GENERA mid-term progress and quality verification

GENERA has successfully passed the mid-term progress and quality verification by the European Commission

Council of the Baltic Sea States recognises GENERA

In their plans to celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science (http://www.un.org/en/events/women-and-girls-in-science-day/index.shtml), Ambassador Maira Mora, Director General of the Permanent International Secretariat of the Council of the Baltic Sea States, recognises the role of DESY and GENERA in facilitating women ́s career advancement specifically in physics research field (http://www.cbss.org/international-day-women-girls-science-2017/).

GENERA Joint Secretariat meeting, Paris

The Joint Secretariat of GENERA met in Paris on the 16th and 17th November 2016. The meeting was kindly hosted by GENERA consortium member Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS). Representatives from GENERA’s 13 partners gathered at the meeting. The main purpose was to report on the technical progress of the project and plan the coming tasks, using the experience thus far of the the project to inform effective future implementation. 2017 will see Gender-in-Physics days hosted by nine of the consortium members across Europe and two Knowledge Exchange Events. Sign up to the GENERA newsletter to keep up to date.

Nobel prizes: only 49 times awarded to women in 115 years

Sveva Avveduto, Ilaria Di Tullio, members of the GENERA consortium write about their reflections on this year's Nobel prize awards.

Since 1901, when the Nobel Prize Ceremony was established in honour of the Swedish inventor of the dynamite Alfred Nobel, 579 prizes have been awarded to 911 candidates, with only 49 to women scientists: two for physical science (Marie Sklodowska Curie and Maria Goeppert Mayer), four for chemistry, 12 for medicine/physiology, 14 for literature and 16 for Peace[1]. This gender disparity is shown in Figure 1.

In 2016 Nobel Prize has been awarded exceptionally to four women, 3 for science and 1 for literature[2].

This year the Nobel Prize in physics has been jointly awarded to David J. Thouless, F. Duncan M. Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz, for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter. Their achievement was described by Thors Hans Hansson, a member of the Nobel Committee for Physics as explaining a world far away by illustrating the mysterious theory of ‘topological phase transitions’ using the metaphors of a cinnamon roll, a bagel, and a pretzel.

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GENERA at the Gender Summit 9 Europe

Dr Thomas Berghoefer, GENERA coordinator

GENERA was presented, for the second year in a row, at the Gender Summit 9 Europe on 8-9 November in Brussels, Belgium. The Gender Summit - Quality Research and Innovation through Equality - is one of the world's leading gatherings on the topic of Gender and Science. Thomas Berghoefer joined 65 other speakers in Brussels, including the South African Minister for Science and Technology, Minister Pandor, and B. Mario Pinto, President, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Canada. Part of the event was held at the European Parliament, hosted by the FEMM committee, an important milestone in maintaining gender in science's central role in the evolution of Horizon 2020. Thomas presented GENERA: Measuring, monitoring, and advancing gender equality in Physics RPOs in a Plenary session along with three other eminent speakers, including Dr Isabelle Vernos. Dr Vernos presented LIBRA: Measuring, monitoring, and advancing gender equality in Life Sciences RPOs. LIBRA is a sister H2020 project of GENERA, and provided an interesting comparison between the two projects focussing on specific fields, Physics and Lige Sciences. You can download all the presentations from the session via the Gender Summit 9 Programme Page.

GENERA presented at Women in Physics Conference 2016 in Hamburg

"The physics community realized: To change the situation of female underrepresentation we ourselves have to become active. So we started GENERA!"
Lia Lang, via Welt der Physik

Lia Lang presented GENERA at 20th German Conference of Women in Physics (Deutsche Physikerinnentagung, DPT) November 3-6, 2016, in Hamburg. The DPT is the annual conference of the German Physical Society (Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, DPG) and its working group on equal opportunities (Arbeitskreis Chancengleichheit, AKC) for female physicists of all career stages in academia and industry.  The DPT 2016 was under patronage of Federal Minister Prof Dr Johanna Wanka and will be hosted by the Physics Department of the University of Hamburg and from the excellence cluster The Hamburg Centre for Ultrafast Imaging (CUI). 

First Gender-in-Physics Day at FOM, Netherlands

'It must be absolutely clear that administrators find this subject important and act accordingly" Sijbrand de Jong (Radboud University) at the first Genera GIP Day on Tuesday 1 November 2016.

GENERA partner, FOM, organised the first Gender-in-Physics Day in 'De Eenhoorn' in Amersfoort. FOM invited directors of institutes, deans, management, gender officers, human resource management, senior and junior physicists (female AND male) to come together, contribute to the discussions and together improve the gender balance in physics. The event was the first in the GENERA series of Gender-in-Physics Days, there are 9 more planned for next year across Europe. Read the press release about the day.

GENERA's top GiP resources

We have collected our top Gender and Physics resources. GENERA has used resources featured on the GenPORT portal to give an introduction to the specific gender challenges faced in Physics, which range from the particular obstacles in engaging girls in physics at school level to the lack of knowledge of how gender issues (e.g. homogenous teams, biased recruitment and retention processes overlooking talent) may affect the quality of physics research. Have you got a top Gender and Physics resources? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

GENERA Presented at the VITAE conference, Manchester

"Dr Elizabeth Pollitzer, Director of Portia introduced our audience to a head-spinning number of examples in which research and researchers are affected by gender inequality – reinforcing the need for gender equality to remain on the agenda." via Vitae Researcher Development International Conference website.

Dr Elizabeth Pollitzer, representing Portia (a member of the project consortium), presented GENERA at the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference, Manchester, 12-13 September 2016. The conference attracted 400 participants, including researcher development practitioners, trainers, career specialists, heads of graduate schools, pro-vice chancellors, funders, research managers and other professionals from the UK. Read the full roundup of the event here.

Gender-in-Physics Days announced

Gender in Physics Days calendar announced

The tentative schedule for the GENERA Gender-in-Physics Days has been announced. Gender-in-Physics Days will take place in GENERA hosting institutions involving directly various levels of participants from junior and senior researchers, to management level personnel, policy makers and different stakeholders, internal or external to the hosting Organization. Read more about the Gender-in-Physics Days.

GENERA at the GenPORT launch

European Parliament working breakfast

GENERA was delighted to take part in the GenPORT Launch on 21 April in Brussels The event brought together MEPs, Research Funders, Associations and experts. The day started with Breakfast at the European Parliament and continued at nearby Residence Palace for a stakeholder forum. GENERA co-ordinator, Thomas Berghöfer, presented the project and how it interlinks with GENPORT. Read more about the launch.

GENERA at the Gender Summit 7 Europe

Dr Thomas Berghoefer, Senior researcher, Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron, Germany

GENERA was presented to 350+ delegates the Gender Summit 7 EuropeDr Thomas Berghoefer presented on "The GENERA project: fostering gender equality and the importance of mixed teams in physics." Thomas is a Senior researcher at Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron, the co-ordinating organisaiton of GENERA. The Summit is an important event in the Gender and Science calendar in Europe and is an opportunity to share the GENERA project with researchers, policy makers and gender & science practioners from across the world. GENERA will report progress at the GS10 Europe in Nov this year.

GENERA Launches in Brussels

Robert Jan Smits (Director-General of the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (RTD)

The GENERA project launched at the begining of September and, to start as we mean to go on, the project kick-off invited stakeholders from across Europe to come and learn about the project and give input into how we can better support their work through the lifetime of the Project. Robert Jan Smits (Director-General of the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (RTD) opened the day, setting the tone of the meeting. The consortium, which represents top level expertise in both Physics and Gender & Science, introduced the project and we also had representatives from across Europe who are doing outstanding work in the area coming to speak about their cutting edge activities and share their experiences.

Read the European Commission News report of the event

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