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11 May 2016

On Tuesday, the Diversity Office together with the CERN PACMAN project welcomed three girls from the International School in Geneva to support them in their school project on female stereotypes in the workforce. Their goal was to find out how to battle stereotypes regarding traditionally male and female professions at their school by interviewing Kristin Kaltenhäuser, from the CERN Diversity Office, Tommaso Portaluri and Silvia Zorzetti from the PACMAN project.


01 May 2016

In 1981 Mary K Gaillard became the first woman on the physics faculty at the University of California at Berkeley. Her career as a theoretical physicist spanned the period from the inception — in the late 1960s and early 1970s — of what is now known as the Standard Model of particle physics and its experimental confirmation, culminating with the discovery of the Higgs particle in 2012. Her book A Singularly Unfeminine Profession recounts Gaillard's experiences as a woman in a very male-dominated field, while tracing the development of the Standard Model as she witnessed it and participated in it.


20 Apr 2016

For the second time, gender equality was a topic at the annual FCC meeting, this time taking place in Rome, Italy last week. The one hour working group, lead by the CERN Diversity Office dealt with how to embed gender equality efforts into the collaboration from the start.


10 Apr 2016

In 2014 and 2015, at the instigation of the CERN Diversity Office, social science researchers, namely Dr Klea Faniko, in collaboration with Prof. Naomi Ellemers and Prof. Belle Derks (all currently with Utrecht University (NL)) carried out a research study amongst CERN contributors, examining different factors influencing the career of junior scientists. Interviews and surveys were conducted at CERN with junior and senior scientists, investigating questions such as: How can supervisors support the career of junior scientists? What is expected of a good supervisor? Can mentoring programmes facilitate the career of scientists at an early stage of their career? What is expected of a mentor? How can mentors support junior scientists to advance in their career? What about work-life balance? Are there different perceptions and expectations between men and women at CERN?


05 Apr 2016

For over 20 years, CERN has made an effort to attract more women to scientific careers and enhance the gender balance of its workforce. In addition to structural measures, these efforts range from outreach activities for schoolgirls to participation in high-level panel discussions on the topic.


01 Mar 2016

The Diversity Programme leader, Geneviève Guinot, talks about diversity at CERN and how it is to work in an international organisation in the monthly CERN recruitment blog.

Read the full interview here.


29 Feb 2016

The Diversity Newsletter for March 2016 has just been published with news on our upcoming events in April and May and some background information on the 5-yearly review of CERN employment conditions.

Find it here.

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21 Jan 2016

CERN will be hiring a Fellow for the CERN Diversity Office in May 2016. Find out more about the position here.


19 Jan 2016

We are proud to announce the approval by CERN Council of the Management proposals in the framework of the 5-yearly review of the employment conditions at CERN. The new diversity-related financial and social conditions are effective as of 1 January 2016. Starting the work in 2014, the Diversity Office has coordinated the effort, working together with several CERN services, for the design of the new measures, listed below.


27 Nov 2015

Diversity is an area of expertise of the CERN Human Resources Department, assuring that the diversity principles of appreciating differences, fostering equality and promoting collaboration are well integrated into all organisational policies, procedures and practices. Our main objective is therefore to embed these principles in HR processes themselves, which has been done since the creation of the Diversity Office.


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