2019 Award for FinDiP activities

2019 was a good year for FinDiP: we signed up many new members, changed our name and rebooted our websites, wrote articles for our community and lobbied for a parallel session at the next Physics Days. The work of our chairperson Dr. Milica Todorović (Aalto, department of Applied Physics) was rewarded in the Aalto University School of Science Awards in December 2019, with the “Team-building and Co-operation Award“.

In addition to chairing FinDiP, Milica has organised workshops on materials simulations for high-school girls at the “Shaking Up Tech” events,  and visited Finnish schools to talk about her research through the “Scientists in Schools” programme.  She shared the prize with Dr. Talayeh Aledavood, who organises diversity events at the department of Computer Science at Aalto.  We hope that our universities continue to champion diversity work!

FinDiP at Physics Days 2020

Next year’s Physics Days will be hosted by the University of Eastern Finland and held in Kuopio. Annual meetings of FinDiP will continue, as usual, we look forward to seeing you there. In addition, we will host a 90min parallel session in the programme: “Boosting creative science through diversity and wellbeing”. There will be an invited talk from Prof. Tomas Brage (Lund University, SE), followed by a diversity discussion on concrete measures to change the status quo. Many departments are seeking to improve their diversity profile and our objective is to help us all move forward fast.

FinDiP warmly invite your poster contributions for this session, as we seek to advance the discussion during the poster session. We particularly encourage thoughts on concrete measures towards diversity and wellbeing, summaries on what others are doing, descriptions of what you have tried and how it succeeded, or what you are planning to do in the future. Collected data and questionnaire results are very much appreciated. Abstract deadline: 15 January 2020

New Identity for FinWiP in 2020

FinWiP has been promoting diversity for many years, but not necessarily only for ‘Finnish Women’, as our name says. Studies show that diversity benefits everyone at the workplace, and that is the message that we wish to stress. From the start of 2020, “Finnish Women in Physics” will become “Diversity in Physics, Finland” or FinDiP.

FinWiP changes gear

During our usual Women in Physics session at Physics Days 2019, we changed leadership. We said goodbye and thank you to Prof. Eija Tanskanen (Aalto/FMI), who led FinWiP for several years. Dr. Milica Todorovic (Aalto) took over as chair, with Dr. Eija M. Tuominen (U. Helsinki) as vice-chair. 

We also switch the main communication language to English to better engage with our increasingly diverse scientific community in Finland, and also to collaborate more closely with international societies. Finnish can still be used in posts.