Lecture series gender and diversity

7. March 2017

Quantitative Evaluation of Gender Bias in Astronomical Publications from Citation Counts

Neven Caplar (ETH Zürich)

7.3.2017, 10:00,

Leibniz Universität Hannover

Diversity is essential to delivering excellence in science. However, gender inequality and biases seem to be persistent in the scientific community. I will present the study in which we tried to measure the role of gender on the number of citations that papers receive in astronomy. We gathered metadata on the large fraction of the papers published in astronomy and computed difference between citation counts between papers with female or male first author. To account for the fact that the properties of female and male first author papers differ intrinsically, we used a random forest algorithm to control for the non-gender specific properties of these papers. I will argue that the papers authored by females received 10.4+-0.9% fewer citations than what would be expected if the papers with the same non-gender specific properties were written by the male authors.

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6. October 2016

Looking at Physics from a Gender Studies Perspective

Helene Götschel (University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Hannover)

6.10.2016, 14:30,

Universität Oldenburg

Gender Studies not only look at the situation of women in science. They rather analyze the social constructions and cultural representations of gender in science or STEM fields. They focus on human actors and workplace cultures as much as on the image of science and the knowledge production in science. Using methods and tools from the humanities and social science, gender studies look e.g.at physics textbooks, communication in research labs, educational settings at universities, behavior of physicists at conferences, or the representation of physics in TV series or theatre plays. After a short introduction to gender studies and the concept of gender, the main focus of my talk will be the presentation of selected research findings on gender and physics. Finally we discuss, why it could be helpful to know these research results to develop contemporary physics.