Gender Equity in Academia: A First Aid Kit

Europe/Berlin
2U01, Leopoldstr. 13 (Zoom and Lecture Hall 2U01, Leopoldstr. 13, Munich)

2U01, Leopoldstr. 13

Zoom and Lecture Hall 2U01, Leopoldstr. 13, Munich

Description

Overview:

The goal of the workshop is to bring together specialists in the field of gender studies in STEM and science researchers. In the workshop, we expect the former specialists to educate the latter on the current problems related to women in STEM, starting with an overview of the present situation and culminating with the exposition of research-backed personal actions and policy making for the rapid achievement of gender-equity in scientific research. Complementarily, STEM researchers who have actively contributed to a more egalitarian academia will share their past experiences and ideas for the future. By the end of the workshop, participants will ideally be aware of the main challenges faced by women pursuing a career in science research, as well as efficient overcoming strategies, and they will hopefully be inspired to take on an active attitude to the subject.

The first day will introduce the topic on a general basis, establishing the relevant nomenclature and providing inspiring examples of past actions. The second day will concentrate on the current obstacles derived from power and gender dynamics. The third day will be devoted to the thinking of what a gender egalitarian academia entails, emphasizing the prevention of sexual harassment.

Audience:

All ORIGINS members, including graduate students, early career and senior researchers, as well as administration employees. Additionally, the workshop will be open-access. Hence, everyone with an interest is welcome.

Format:

The workshop will be hybrid, with speakers and participants joining from both Zoom and in-person. The venue for the in-person attendance is: Lecture Hall 2U01, Leopoldstr. 13, Munich.

Organizing Committee:

 

Advisory Committee:

 

Registration
Participants
Dr. Verónica Errasti Díez
    • Placing Ourselves
      • 1
        Beyond getting the record straight: the complex relation between gender and physics Zoom

        Zoom

        In 1977 Evelyn Fox Keller, a prominent scholar and one of those feminists who introduced the gender perspective in our histories of science, described her situation as a graduate student in one of the ivy league US universities as “an anomaly of a woman in physics.” The story of her graduate school experience was not only a difficult one but an indicative of the significant discriminations that women experienced at that time in ‘hard’ sciences such as physics. Recent Nature articles and reports of the American Institute of Physics assure us once again that women are still poorly represented in physics and face institutional sexism in big physics laboratories. Has, however, this relation between women and physics been always such a difficult one? Here I want to go beyond getting the historical record straight and restoring the names of women who succeeded in physics. Instead, moving away from notions of exclusions and constraints, I want to explore the mechanisms that historically allowed women—especially white, middle class European women—to craft spaces for themselves, acquire a laboratory bench for their own, and actively shape their discipline.

        Historically there have been several cases that women enjoyed a fairly satisfying status in their work. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries in fields such as radioactivity, astronomy and crystallography and in specific European laboratories and research schools, women were able to develop their own research programs, ensure research positions at top laboratories of the time, escape from the role of assistant to their male colleagues, and gain even university positions and international recognition. Without claiming that prewar research practices and laboratory cultures were not gendered biased at all, I see that women have not always been out of place and oddly positioned in the masculine world of physics. However, their position was transformed during the Second World War and was consolidated in the immediate postwar period. When physics research emigrated from Europe to the United States, followed by dramatic changes in politics and also research practices, women’s role in physics was downgraded from active researchers to assistants, untenured lecturers, and “unskilled” scanners in high energy physics laboratories. My question is what can history tell us not about women’s future in physics but about the future of physics in general?

        Speaker: Prof. Maria Rentetzi (Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen -Nürnberg)
      • 10:30 AM
        Coffee Break Snacks in the foyer 2U03

        Snacks in the foyer 2U03

      • 2
        tbd In-person

        In-person

        Lecture Hall 2U01, Leopoldstr. 13
        Speaker: Dr Brian Henning
      • 3
        Of course! Inspiring stories about becoming a scientist In-person

        In-person

        Lecture Hall 2U01, Leopoldstr. 13

        I will present a project aiming at inspiring school children and students, and in particular women to study and have an academic career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines. The comic books "Of course!" and "Of course!2" feature fifteen interviews of female and male role models working in meteorology, mathematics, marine biology, climate physics and astrophysics in Europe or North America. Each of these researchers experienced gender biases and imbalance at home, during their education, or at their work place. They made positive changes allowing them to lead a fulfilled life as a scientist, and sometimes to even change their work environment. Each interview is illustrated by a different artist. The result is a colourful collection of personal and inspiring stories covering a number of gender and diversity issues.

        Speaker: Dr Audine Laurian (Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, Meteorologisches Institut, "Waves to Weather" (CRC 165))
      • 12:30 PM
        Lunch Break
      • 4
        When you know better, do better: The evolution of gender equity in (science) academia Zoom

        Zoom

        From erasure and exclusion to intersectionality and justice, the fight to further gender equity in academia is not a new one. And as with all social justice work, it has undergone major changes over time. In this lecture I will discuss the ways in which the framework of gender equity in academia has evolved alongside our understandings of gender and indeed equity. I will also touch on what this work could look like in future.

        Speaker: Dr Tana D. Joseph (AstroComms)
    • Power and gender
      • 5
        What social factors keep women away from studying mathematical physics? Zoom

        Zoom

        Japan has the lowest rate of STEM women in the OECD. It also has a low gender gap index and does not have a high awareness of equality among women along with men. This was imagined to be related to the tendency of female norms in Japanese society to demand submissive women.

        The STEM female rate has been studied in social psychology, sociology of education, and sociology of science and technology. However, no studies have examined the impact of social climate on equality levels.

        The authors focused on the image of men in physics and mathematics, which have particularly low rates of women in STEM in Japan. The authors found for the first time that the image of men in mathematics is statistically affected by the social climate of inequality, which is "dislike of talented women," as well as by the image of employment and mathematics stereotypes.

        In addition, many other results, such as the gender level of logical thinking ability and calculation ability, the gender level of keywords, and the gender level when compared to pharmacy, nursing, and mechanical engineering, were clarified from the viewpoint of social climate.

        In this presentation, the authors will present the results of their four-year project and discuss future prospects.

        Speaker: Prof. Hiromi Yokoyama (Kavli IPMU)
      • 10:30 AM
        Coffee Break Snacks in the foyer 2U03

        Snacks in the foyer 2U03

      • 6
        Gender, Power, Knowledge - mutually exclusive? Sociological insights In-person

        In-person

        Lecture Hall 2U01, Leopoldstr. 13

        The paper will present the state of the art in the vast amount of research on the mutual entanglement of gender, power, and knowledge in academia. Far from being an easy or overly evident constellation, the many ways in which science is gendered are as complex as they are empirically relevant.

        The paper will also address how evidence-based policy advise - in search for more equality - has to deal with the paradox of stressing (intersectional) gender differences in order to overcome them.

        Speaker: Prof. Paula-Irene Villa Braslavsky (LMU Munich)
      • 12:30 PM
        Lunch Break
      • 7
        Life of a young scientist: what helps and what hinders Zoom

        Zoom

        I would like to discuss what helps and hinders a young scientist in her early life. I would base my comments on experiences from my own life in science, from autobiographical stories of contributors to 'Lilavati's Daughters: Women Scientists of India' and also on my interactions with various colleagues in my life in science of about four and half decades.

        Speaker: Prof. Rohini M. Godbole (Indian Institute of Science)
    • Imagining Equity
      • 8
        Sexual harassment in the workplace Zoom

        Zoom

        The seminar deals with the problem of sexual harassment in the workplace, legal protection for those affected and the duties of the supervisor and makes you familiar with concrete options for action.

        Where does sexual harassment start? What are the consequences of sexual harassment? What options of actions do I have, both as a person affected and as a bystander?

        Speaker: Mirjam Spies (Beratungsstelle Frauennotruf)
      • 10:30 AM
        Coffee Break Snacks in the foyer 2U03

        Snacks in the foyer 2U03

      • 9
        tbd Zoom

        Zoom

        Speakers: Alessandro Bello, Dr Tonya Blowers
      • 12:30 PM
        Lunch Break
      • 10
        tbd Zoom

        Zoom

        Speakers: Prof. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein (University of New Hampshire), Prof. Sarah Tuttle