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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:

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.

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

Sarah I. Hofer

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:

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:
More about Helen Sharman on the Wikipedia website.

Tags:  astronomy 

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Female scientists in Light Science exhibition in Alicante

Posted By Administration, 24 November 2015
The exhibition can be seen at the Universidad de Alicante in Alicante, Spain from 23 November to 22 December 2015:

Tags:  exhibition  International Year of Light 2015  IYL 2015 

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References on Women in Science

Posted By Administration, 23 November 2015

Find a list of references on women in science on the website "Advancing women in science":
This website presents practical information on developing a scientific career, with a special emphasis on women scientists, in conjunction with Weizmann Institute’s policy to support women in science.

Tags:  Weizmann Institute 

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ALICE Matters: focus on Alessandra Fantoni, period run coordinator for October

Posted By Administration, 12 November 2015
or how crossing one road may determine your life.
An interview of the physicist Alessandra Fantoni from INFN to read in the November 2015 issue of ALICE Matters.

Tags:  ALICE Matters  CERN 

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A portrait of a young physicist: Barbara Marchetti

Posted By Administration, 09 November 2015

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

Barbara Marchetti is a young Italian scientist who after having obtained a PhD in Physics at the University of Rome Tor Vergata in 2011 and a Post Doc position in Germany, is now Primary Investigator of the linac for SINBAD, a project hosted at DESY in Hamburg.

Read the full article on the e-EPS website.

Tags:  e-eps  EPS EOC  Equal Opportunities 

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AIP Women in Physics Lecture Tour: call for nominations 2016

Posted By Administration, 02 November 2015

The Australian Institute of Physics Women in Physics Lecture Tour celebrates the contribution of women to advances in physics. Under this scheme, a woman who has made a significant contribution in a field of physics will be selected to present lectures in venues arranged by each participating branch of the AIP.  Nominations are currently sought for the AIP WIP Lecturer for 2016. We are seeking a woman working overseas who:


       has made a significant contribution in a field of physics research

       has demonstrated public speaking ability

       is available in 2016 to visit Canberra and each of the six Australian State capital cities and surrounding regions.


Presentations will include school lectures, public lectures and research colloquia, subject to negotiation with the various AIP branches and their contacts. School and public lectures are expected to be of interest to non-specialist physics audiences, and to increase awareness among students and their families of the possibilities offered by continuing to study physics. University lectures will be presented at a level suitable for the individual audience (professional or graduate). Air/surface travel and accommodation will be provided.


Nominations should be sent via email to the AIP Special Projects Officer (see information below) via the nomination form available from the Women in Physics Lecturer page of the AIP website:  


Self-nomination is welcomed, as are nominations from branches or employers/colleagues.


1. Completed WIP Lecture Tour nomination form (accessible via the web site listed above) 

2. Information requested on the nomination form include the following:

·      Nominee’s name and contact details

·      a detailed record of presentations to the general public, schools and media

·      a brief statement of the research area of interest to the nominee

·      an outline of the nominee's significant contributions to physics

·      references to key publications in which these contributions were presented (via curriculum vitae

·      evidence of the nominee's ability to give a lecture which will excite an enthusiastic response in senior secondary and undergraduate students. (NOTE: this requirement must be adequately addressed in order for the nominee to be considered for selection)

·      Self-nominations should include names of two referees who can attest to the ability of the nominee to give lectures appropriate for the target audience. 

Closing Date: Monday 30th November 2015

Applications and nominations should be sent by email:


Tags:  AIP  Australian Institute of Physics  call 

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