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Webinar “Overcoming EU countries' inequalities in science”

Posted By Administration, Tuesday 2 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, Monday 1 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, Monday 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, Monday 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, Tuesday 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, Tuesday 1 December 2015
Updated: Tuesday 1 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, Tuesday 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, Monday 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, Thursday 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, Monday 9 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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