String theory and gender


The workshop will take place at Institut Henri Poincare in Paris, June 9 and 10, 2016. Its purpose is to raise awareness on the gender inequality in the field of high energy physics, and in physics in general.

The afternoon session of the first day and the morning session of the second will be devoted to gender issues, with talks by experts (scientists as well as representatives of research organisations) on the gender dimension in science, statistics on women participation at different career stages, reasons for the gender imbalance and possible actions to improve the situation. The other two sessions will comprise overview talks on recent interesting developments in String Theory.

Real change can be achieved only with active involvement of the junior and senior scientists. Hence we would like encourage your participation in the workshop. Participation is free, but registration is required.


Gender issues: 

Georgina Rippon (Cognitive Neuroimaging, Aston University)

"Unsexing the Mind; how plastic brains could break through glass ceilings"

Rossella Palomba (Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies, Rome)

"Gender, excellence and responsible science"

Loukas Balafoutas (Faculty of Economics and Statistics, University of Innsbruck)

 "Affirmative action policies for women: Lessons from the economic laboratory"

Claudine Hermann (Emeritus, Physics, Ecole Polytechnique-European Platform of Women Scientists)

 "Women in Physics"


Round Table: "Policies favouring gender equality"


Alessandra Tonazzo (Astroparticle and Cosmology laboratory, University Paris 7, Paris responsible of GENERA --Gender Equality Network in the European Research Area); Geneviève Guinot (Head of Diversity Office, CERN); Annabelle Hamelin (Human resources, CEA/Saclay, responsible for "actions pour l'egalité professionnelle ») et - Delphine Vidart Dufort (Material sciences, CEA/Saclay); Jan Louis (Physics Department, University of Hambourg); Maria Teresa Pontois (Mission pour la place des femmes, CNRS); Colette Guillopé (Femmes et mathématiques and GenderTime, Université Paris-Est Créteil)

String Theory overviews :

Monica Guica (Uppsala University)

Zohar Komargodsky (Weizmann Institute of Science)

Nick Warner (University of Southern California)

Alberto Zaffaroni (University of Milano-Bicocca)


The organizers:

Mariana Graña, Ruben Minasian (IPhT, CEA/Saclay), Michela Petrini (LPTHE, UPMC)