At Physics Days 2021 we are organising a Special Session on Diversity. If you’re attending Physics Days, be sure to join us on Wednesday 24th March at 13.30. Our special session is titled Boosting creative science through diversity and wellbeing.
We will first have a talk by Professor Tomas Brage [he/him] from Lund University, Sweden, titled What does Gender have to do with Physics?His talk will be followed by a panel discussion on the topic Concrete measures for a creative and diverse workplace. Our panelists are:
Christian Flindt (Aalto, associate professor, he/him)
This year, the Nordic Network for Diversity in Physics is holding its annual meeting as a one-day online event on 29th January.
There are two exciting keynote speakers:
Ilona Riipinen is a professor at Stockholm University in the Department of Environmental Science. She works on the behaviour and motions of aerosol particles in the environment. Her talk, “What do we know about aerosols” looks set to be an interesting introduction to the latest research on this important, and complex topic.
Angela Saini is a British journalist whose highly-regarded books and broadcasts on important issues around representation and discrimination in science and society have received widespread praise. She will speak on “Racism in science and society”. This is a topic that Angela researched extensively for her book Superior: The Return of Race Science – which I strongly recommend reading if you get the chance. It is relevant to the Finnish experience as well, and indeed discusses the work researchers based here in Finland.
In addition there will be reports on harassment reporting practices and a round table discussion.
There’s still time to register! It promises to be a great event.
Our new board member Indrani Bhattacharya wrote an article for Photonics Finland‘s magazine Fotoni about the important role women have played in the development of that subfield. The original article is not yet available online but we include its text here until we can link directly to the publication.