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Women in physics: personal perspectives

Posted By Administration, 21 April 2016

Sarah-Jane Lonsdale speaks to two senior female scientists in industry about their career paths. Read the full article on the blog of Nature: http://blogs.nature.com/naturejobs/2016/04/04/women-in-physics-personal-perspectives-4/

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UNESCO: Women in Science, an interactive data tool

Posted By Administration, 03 March 2016
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Focus on members of EPWS, the European Platform of Women Scientists

Posted By Administration, 03 March 2016
Read the "Interview of the Month" by the European Platform of Women Scientists EPWS: http://epws.org/category/interview-of-the-month/

Tags:  gender equality 

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Why Have a Conference for Women in Physics?

Posted By Administration, 01 March 2016
Read the article by Shobhana Narasimhan on Multiverse, the blog of the ICTP.

Tags:  conferences  gender 

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Webinar “Overcoming EU countries' inequalities in science”

Posted By Administration, 02 February 2016
The Marie Curie Alumni Association, in collaboration with EuroScientist, will be hosting a round table among Octavi Quintana-Trias (EC - DG Research and Innovation), Amaya Moro-Martín (Euroscience), Kieron Flanagan (Manchester Business School) and  Katrien Maes (LERU) on inequalities in the European Research Area. With this webinar we'll bring you unique perspectives on the dialogue surrounding important aspects of science and policy that could affect the future of European research.

See more on the website of the Marie Curie Alumni Association.

Tags:  ERA  Europe  gender equality  webinar 

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 9th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education

Posted By Administration, 01 February 2016

The French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the Université Paris Diderot, and the Université Sorbonne Paris Cité (USPC), with strong support from the French Ministry for National Education, Higher Education and Research, are inviting researchers, professors, administrators, policy-makers, practitioners and students to Paris, on 12-14 September 2016, to attend the 9th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education.

Deadline for abstracts: 29th February 2016.

Details about the call can be found on the EPWS website: http://epws.org/call-for-abstracts-9th-european-conference-on-gender-equality-in-higher-education/

Tags:  2016  call  conferences  gender equality 

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Girls should expect poorer physics grades

Posted By Administration, 18 January 2016

ETH Zurich, 1 January 2016 -

Secondary school physics teachers with little teaching experience handed out significantly poorer grades to girls than boys for the exact same performance. This was the conclusion drawn by an ETH learning specialist from a study she conducted in Switzerland, Germany and Austria.

Read the full article by Fabio Bergamin on the website of the ETH.

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Title of study:
 Studying Gender Bias in Physics Grading: The role of teaching experience and country

Author:
Sarah I. Hofer

Abstract:
the existence of gender-STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) stereotypes has been repeatedly documented. This article examines physics teachers’ gender bias in grading and the influence of teaching experience in Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. In a 2 × 2 between-subjects design, with years of teaching experience included as moderating variable, physics teachers (N = 780) from Switzerland, Austria, and Germany graded a fictive student's answer to a physics test question. While the answer was exactly the same for each teacher, only the student's gender and specialization in languages vs. science were manipulated. Specialization was included to gauge the relative strength of potential gender bias effects. Multiple group regression analyses, with the grade that was awarded as the dependent variable, revealed only partial cross-border generalizability of the effect pattern. While the overall results in fact indicated the existence of a consistent and clear gender bias against girls in the first part of physics teachers’ careers that disappeared with increasing teaching experience for Swiss teachers, Austrian teachers, and German female teachers, German male teachers showed no gender bias effects at all. The results are discussed regarding their relevance for educational practice and research.

Published online: 30 Nov 2015, Taylor and Francis

Tags:  gender equality  study 

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Alice Valkárová: Czech woman of physics

Posted By Administration, 11 January 2016
11 January 2016 - Read the article about Alice Valkárová written by Morgan Hines and published in the Prague Post at: http://www.praguepost.com/profile/51484-alice-valkarova-czech-woman-of-physics

Tags:  Czech Republic  distinction 

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Portrait of a young physicist: Fatema Tanjia, a pursued dream

Posted By Administration, 15 December 2015

The EPS newsletter e-EPS publishes short portraits of successful young physicists showing that physics is not reserved only to men.

Fatema Tanjia, a theoretical plasma physicist, is currently working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Naples Federico II.

Read the full article by Antigone Marino, chair of the EPS Young Minds, on the e-EPS website.

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The Dreams of an Astronaut - with Helen Sharman

Posted By Administration, 01 December 2015
Updated: 01 December 2015

View a nice animation narrated by Helen Sharman, Britain's first astronaut: https://t.co/WQpEn8B3lm
More about Helen Sharman on the Wikipedia website.

Tags:  astronomy 

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