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GeDiMIRT: Gender Dimension in Physics and Math-Intensive Research and Teaching

Lund University

Lund University

Palestra et Odeum at the University Square Paradisgatan 4 Lund, Sweden
Eileen Drew (Trinity College Dublin), Thomas Brage (Lund University)

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Overview of conference

In recent years, people have come to the conclusion that excellence in science and technology can be stimulated by integrating sex and gender analysis into research.

Indeed, in sciences that are directly linked to research on human beings or study objects that have a sex (e.g. Biology, Medicine), as well as fields that affect society or human beings directly (e.g. Climatology or City planning) this has been proven by many examples. One excellent entry point into this subject is provided by the Gendered Innovations portal (

However, in wide areas of physics and other math-intensive research this is not the case, there is currently no accepted idea of how a diversity and gender perspective can be utilised. Resistance to incorporating a gendered perspective is often formulated in a form of the Haraway “God trick” argument, referring to, for example, physics as only what is observed, planets and particles do not have sex or gender, or mathematics is only what is calculated: numbers, figures and formulas again do not have sex or gender.

This conference is organized in the frame of the GENERA Network and shall define a starting point in tackling this major challenge and help defining a convincing approach to get into the mindset that a diversity and gender perspective must be present in these fields of science since teaching, defining research topics, performing research and its application are (wo)man-made.

Lund University Campus

  • Alessia Bruni
  • Andrea Bardyn
  • Angela Badala
  • Angela Celeste Taramasso
  • Antonia Illich
  • Aurelija Novelskaite
  • Barbara van den Berg
  • Barbro Åsman
  • Beata Bielska
  • Beate Heinemann
  • Carina Geldhauser
  • Carolina de Barros Vidor
  • Charikleia Tzanakou
  • Cheryl Sjöström
  • Christian Ohm
  • Claudia P. Gutiérrez
  • Cornelia Weiss
  • Dalia Šatkovskienė
  • Daniela Cutas
  • Donatella Puglisi
  • Eija Tuominen
  • Eileen Drew
  • elisabeth rachlew
  • Elizabeth Pollitzer
  • Emily Freeland
  • Encina Calvo Iglesias
  • Erik Kristiansson
  • Francesca Curbis
  • Francesca Primas
  • Giada Cantono
  • Gina Rippon
  • Goulpier Jeanne
  • Gráinne Walshe
  • Henning Zettergren
  • Ilaria Di Tullio
  • Imre Pázsit
  • Irene Epifanio
  • Irina Pi Jaumà
  • Jessica Abbott
  • Johanna Stadmark
  • Julia Hannukainen
  • Lia Lang
  • Linda Marie Rustad
  • Lisa Marie Kamlade
  • Louise Carvalho
  • Lucio Pisacane
  • Luis del Peral
  • Marcela Linková
  • Maria D Rodriguez Frias
  • Maria Rosaria MAsullo
  • Mariana Chavez Cervantes
  • Marija Schultheis
  • Marta Pieropan
  • Martin Viklund
  • Maruxa Arana
  • Mathieu Arbogast
  • Maya Widmer
  • Meytal Eran Jona
  • Narcicegi Kiran
  • Natasa Todorovic
  • Pernilla Wittung stafshede
  • Reina Camacho Toro
  • Rita Bencivenga
  • Sara Fogelström
  • selen ertas
  • Sigrid Schmitz
  • Smita Chakraborty
  • Sonia Estrade
  • Sonia Pinto de Carvalho
  • Sukie Vetter
  • Supriya Krishnamurthy
  • Tays Miranda de Andrade
  • Teodora Kirova
  • test test
  • Thomas Berghoefer
  • Tomas Brage
  • Trine Margrethe Korsvik
  • Valentina Gallo
  • Valentina Giangreco Puletti
  • Vincenzo Cirulli
  • Viraf Mehta
  • Yossi Nir
GENERA Contact Office
    • 7:00 PM
      Reception Hypoteket


      Kyrkogatan 13 Lund
    • Opening
      • 1
        Intoduction by the session chair
        Speaker: Thomas Berghoefer (Z_APPEC (APPEC Zeuthen))
      • 2
        Welcome by the pro vice-chancellor of Lund University
        Speaker: Jimmie Kristensson (Lund University)
      • 3
        Introduction to the GeDiMIRT conference
        Speaker: Tomas Brage (Lund University)
      • 4
        GenderEX - Gender for Excellence in Research
        Speaker: Mary Lou O’Neil
    • Setting the stage in STEM
      • 5
        Introduction by the session chair
        Speaker: Francesca Primas (ESO)
      • 6
        Gendered Innovations: Enhancing Excellence in Science & Technology

        30min talk + 10min Q&A

        Speaker: Londa Schiebinger (Stanford University, US)
      • 10:45 AM
        Coffee break
      • 7
        Necessary Literacy for the Debate about Disciplinary Images and Cultures

        30min (online) talk + 10min Q&A

        Speaker: Sigrid Schmitz (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)
      • 8
        European Policy Setting on Gender Equality

        30min (online) talk + 10min Q&A

        Speaker: Anne Pépin (European Commission)
      • 12:25 PM
        Short break
      • 9
        Panel discussion

        i. How to quantitatively evaluate the impact of funding policies on excellence in science
        ii. Planning a new Manifesto from STEM universities/companies on gender-inclusive STE(A)M education

    • 1:00 PM
      Networking lunch
    • Theoretical framework for physics and gender. Intersectionality, agency and feminist materialism
      • 10
        Introduction by the session chair
        Speaker: Meytal Eran Jona (Weizmann Insittute)
      • 11
        Beyond nature/culture division. Karen Barad’s new feminist materialism

        35 min talk + 10 min Q&A

        Speaker: Aleksandra Derra (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland)
      • 3:20 PM
        Coffee break
      • 12
        Unexpected trajectories into a ‘hard’ science: Gender, identity, and culture in physics.

        35 min talk + 15 min Q&A

        Speaker: Anna Danielsson (Stockholm University, Sweden)
      • 4:30 PM
        Short break
      • 13
        Intersectional Approaches to Exploring Identity Politics in Physics: (Un)hidden stories.

        35 min talk + 15 min Q&A

        Speaker: Lucy Avraamidou (University of Groningen, Netherlands)
    • 6:30 PM
      Reception & Welcome drink Grand Hotel

      Grand Hotel

      Bantorget 1 Lund
    • 7:00 PM
      Conference dinner at Grand Hotel Grand Hotel

      Grand Hotel

      Bantorget 1 Lund
    • Overcoming resistance

      Three contributions on masculinity, attitutes/resistance and gendered brain

      • 14
        Introduction by the session chair
        Speaker: Eileen Drew (Trinity College)
      • 15
        Inclusion Really Does Matter: Improving attitudes towards Gender Equality Initiatives among STEM faculty.

        35 min talk + 15 min Q&A

        Speaker: Ioana Latu (Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK)
      • 10:25 AM
        Short break
      • 16
        Negotiating Narratives of Diversity and Equity in Physics.

        35 min talk + 15 min Q&A

        Speaker: Helene Götschel (FU Berlin)
      • 11:20 AM
        Coffee break
      • 17
        What might men and masculinities have to do with physics and physicists?

        35 min talk + 15 min Q&A

        Speaker: Jeff Hearn (Örebro University, Sweden)
    • 12:30 PM
      Networking lunch
    • Structural change
      • 18
        Faculty Diversity Programs: Best Practices and Worst.

        35 min talk + 15 min Q&A

        Speaker: Alexandra Kalev (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
      • 2:50 PM
        Coffee break
      • 19
        GENERA Network and its Gender Dimension working group

        10min pres + 5min Q&A

        Speaker: Thomas Berghöfer (Z_APPEC (APPEC Zeuthen))
      • 20
        VOICES COST Action - Making Young Researchers' Voices Heard for Gender Equality

        10min pres + 5min Q&A

        Speaker: Dalia Šatkovskienė (Vilnius University)
      • 21
        NORNDIP - The Nordic Network for Diversity in Physics

        10min talk + 5min Q&A

        Speaker: Barbro Åsman (Stockholm University)
      • 3:55 PM
        Short break
    • Analysis & Integration

      Panel with all remaining speakers:
      What did we learn about the Gender Dimension in Physics and Math-Intensive Research and Teaching?