Lecture series gender and diversity

12. October 2017

GENERA: A European project supporting equal opportunities for women and men in physics

Francesca Moglia (DESY, Hamburg)

12.10.17 15:00 - 16:00

University of Oldenburg

Abstract: Excellence in research can be obtained at best if the selection of scientists can be performed from a large and diverse talent pool. For this reason, physics needs both brilliant women and men in the role of researcher. How does the European Commission support especially female physicists in science? The Genera project is the answer. Different research institutions from whole Europe have committed themselves within this project to promote the equality of opportunities for women and men in physics. A few leading German research institutions such as the Max-Planck Society, the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) belong to the network. The Horizon 2020 project is supported by the European Union with almost 3.5 million Euros over three years. Practically, the parity of opportunities should be obtained through the compilation and implementation by the institutions of equal opportunity plans. Genera is running since September 2015 and will report about the results and milestones obtained so far.

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.