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Conference in Hamburg: Women physicists discuss the future

From 3 to 6 November 2016 women physicists from all career levels of industry, economy and research will meet in Hamburg to discuss present research, trends and working situations of women in physics. The 20th Women in Physics Conference will take place under the patronage of Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka, Federal Minister of Education and Research.

DPT16_Poster_EndversionHosted by the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG) and their associated working group on equal opportunities, the annual forum has been taking place since 1997. The anniversary event in Hamburg has been organized by the Department of Physics of Universität Hamburg and the cluster of excellence “The Hamburg Centre for Ultrafast Imaging” (CUI). Johanna Wanka: “The anniversary is a nice occasion for looking back at the last two decades’ road to success. During that period many women have been thrilled about physics. The percentage of women studying physics or astronomy at universities and universities of applied sciences has increased continuously: from 18.3 percent in the year 1995 up to 31.7 percent in the year 2014. The portion of women graduates has almost doubled during the same period. I’d like this dynamics to continue. Physics is an important basis for technological developments and thus for economical progress in our country. Also in the future we will need the valuable contributions of women for pushing innovation processes.”

Panel discussion joined by Katharina Fegebank

Traditionally about 200 women are participating in the conference, which this year will take place on the research campus Hamburg-Bahrenfeld in the middle of DESY’s highly developed X-ray and electron sources as well as laser physics facilities. Prof. Petra Rudolf from Universität Groningen will give the scientific opening speech. In a panel discussion, Hamburg’s Senator of Science, Research and Equality, Katharina Fegebank, together with other guest will debate paths towards gender equality in natural sciences. The public evening lecture with Prof. Margarete Mühlleitner from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology will be another highlight. The scientific programme will be accompanied by a visit at the Hamburg observatory a play about the famous women scientists Marie Curie, Lise Meitner and Hedy Lamarr and a broad program for female pupils. About 80 schoolgirls from almost all grades may experiment in seven laboratories of DESY and of CUI’s school lab “Light & Schools”.

All women who feel related to physics no matter if they are pupils, lecturers, researchers or economic physicists are invited to attend the conference, and so are men who can identify with the conference’s aims. “We are very happy to organize this vivid and diverse conference and thus make another contribution to networking”, CUI board member Dr. Melanie Schnell says. “Thank you to all the groups on campus who were involved in the organization.”

The conference is supported by Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) and the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter, as well as the Collaborative Research Centers 676, 925 and PIER, the strategic partnership of DESY and Universität Hamburg.


Program and Registration:

(Unfortunately, Ms Wanka had to cancel her participation.)

Dr. Melanie Schnell
Member of the CUI Board and Max Planck Independent Research Group Leader
Telefon: +49 (0)40 8998-6240
E-Mail: melanie.schnell@mpsd.mpg

Information on the program for schoolgirls:
Marie Lutz
CUI Equal Opportunity Officer
Tel.: +49 (0)40 8998-6697