Promoting gender equality

  • With 11 February marking the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, female physicists, engineers and computer scientists from CERN and from Fermilab share their experiences of building a career in science. Which is this year’s focus? Women working in technology and computing!

  • A few days ago, on 18 November, CERN participated in the biennial "Expanding your Horizons - Geneva" event for the 5th time, at the University of Geneva.

    The free event is organised by the "Elargis tes Horizons" association, which belongs to the wider Expanding your Horizons (EYH) network. EYH is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing gateway Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) experiences to middle and high school girls that spark interest in STEM activities and careers. ​

  • For the third consecutive year, the CERN Diversity Office facilitated a work group with science teachers on the topic of gender inclusive teaching in the framework of the CERN International Teacher Programme.
    This year’s work group outcome is a collaborative tool:

  • On 27 April, the sixth annual International Girls in ICT Day took place.

    Girls in ICT Day, an initiative supported by all the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Member States, provides an opportunity for girls and young women to experience technology in a whole new light. Girls in ICT Day aims to create a global environment that empowers girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies (ICTs). ​​

  • A day at CERN organised by the Diversity Office and the PACMAN Marie-Curie project.

  • For the second time, CERN's Diversity Office facilitated a work group on the topic of gender inclusive teaching in the framework of the CERN High School Teacher Programme.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • On Friday 27 March, Lucy Lockwood, Software Developer in HR and Chiara Bianchin, Post-Doc Research Physicist at ALICE spoke at the WomenTechmakers event, organized by Google to encourage women to pursue careers in science, engineering and technology.

    The event was also an opportunity for CERN representatives to meet an international group of women from the field of computer science and promote CERN as an employer.

  • CERN organised a session on gender equality at the First Annual Meeting of the FCC study in Washington D.C,  23 - 27 March 2015 . The goal was to set up a task force and define specific actions to achieve a gender balanced representation in all professional domains involved in the project.