September 5 2022
During the ECGD session of the LHCb week in Dortmund we will discuss Regional representation in positions of responsibility in LHCb. The session-preparation team includes LHCb colleagues from each region. If you have any inputs for the session, please do not hesitate to contact the ECGD officers. .
June 22-23 2022
The conference Gender dimensions i physics and other math-intensive research and teaching will be held in Lund, Sweeden. More details and the registration form can be found Êhere.
April 25-26 2022
The two-days IRIS-HEP AGC Tools 2022 Workshop, is an opportunity for early career scientists. The event is dedicated to showcasing tools and workflows related to the "Analysis Grand Challenge" (AGC) organized by IRIS-HEP and partners.
The deadline for registrations is April 22nd 2022, and the workshop will be fully virtual. Registration may be done via the web page.
April 28-30 2022
Django Girls, the programming workshop for girls and women aged 15 and over, is returning to CERN on 28 and 30 April 2022 in an online edition on zoom. With coaching by CERN tutors, the participants will learn how to create a blog and launch it online. The organisers are looking for volunteer coaches to lead the workshop, where each volunteer will coach a team of three participants. More info and registration by 21 March via this web page.
March 8 2022
On the occation of the International WomenÕs Day, the Science & Society Initiative will hold a panel discussion on Women in Science, at 5:00pm (CET). The role of women in science and science institutions will be discussed as well as difficulties of reaching high level positions in a men-dominated environment. Registration is open in the indico page.
March 2 2022
ECGD session on Women and Girls in Science. If you have ideas, opinions or personal accounts to share, or if you are willing to help preparing the session, please do not hesitate to contact the ECGD officers.
February 11 2022
International Day of Women and Girls in Science. There will be various activities for all ages to celebrate this event. From 7 to 11 February 2022, almost sixty volunteers, all female scientists and engineers from CERN, Scienscope (UNIGE), the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the Annecy Particle Physics Laboratory (LAPP) will be visiting local schools, either in person or virtually, to talk to the pupils about their professions. They will visit more than 110 classes in the local area (canton of Geneva, Pays de Gex and Greater Annecy).
To celebrate women in science, CERN is also hosting a public screening of the documentary Picture a Scientist at 8.00 p.m. on 10 February at the Globe of Science and Innovation. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion (in English with simultaneous French interpretation) with experts in matters of gender and diversity in the sciences.
More information here.
November 15 2021
The popular LHC Career Networking event will take place on 15 November 2021, in hybrid format, either online through Zoom or in person in the CERN main Auditorium (places are limited) with two in-person networking breaks. For further information and to register, plese have a look at the indico page.
November 4 2021
We will have a follow-up session of the Inclusive Team Network training that took place on February 2021. It is open to all the participants of the first session with no additional participation fees. It will be held over zoom at 9am (about 90 minutes). The aim of the session is to see what practices and learning has emerged since the last session and provide coaching on challenges or issues faced. It will be a mix of repetition of the content and tools learned, practical application and discussion of the participants' cases.
The next Coffee with... session is scheduled for October 26th at 13:30 CEST (just before the Tuesday meeting). Enjoy a virtual coffee break with a group of super nice LHCb colleagues whom you may never have met otherwise. You may register via the indico page.
October 5 2021
Do not miss the next edition of the LHC Ice Cream event
These events are argeted to an Early Career audience, but everyone is warmly welcome. No registration is needed.
This year it will gaze into the exciting world of machine learning and its applications in high energy physics.
The next Coffee with... session is scheduled for September 28th at 13:30 CEST (just before the Tuesday meeting). Enjoy a virtual coffee break with a group of super nice LHCb colleagues whom you may never have met otherwise. You may register via the indico page.
September 21 2021
You are cordially invited to the next ECGD session at the LHCb week.
This time the topic is:
Mailing list conduct. The agenda is here.
The aim of the session is to discuss good and constructive practice on mailing lists and collect suggestions to better exploit the tools that we have in LHCb.
The Soft Skills Workshop for personal statement and research proposal writing will take place on Friday, 4th of June. To attend, please register via the indico page
A pre-recorded introductory talk by Marielle Chartier is available to all registrants, at the bottom of the "overview" section of the Indico page. Those who have registered are encouraged to watch the talk ahead of the workshop.
There will be 2 sessions of the workshop at different times. In these sessions, panelists will discuss submitted personal statements and research proposals, and then there will be an open Q&A. Each session will have different panellists but with the same structure to accommodate participants from different time zones.
If you have any questions you may write to
the workshop committee.
The next Coffee with... session is scheduled for June 29th at 13:30 CEST (just before the Tuesday meeting). Enjoy a virtual coffee break with a group of super nice LHCb colleagues whom you may never have met otherwise. You may register via the indico page.
You are all cordially invited to our next ECGD session during the LHCb week. It will be held on Tuesday June 15th at 16:15 CEST. You may have a look at the indico page. The session will be devoted to: "Supporting transgender and non-binary colleagues". Please join us for this interesting session and a fruitful discussion.
The Early Career Scientists Fora of the four large LHC experiments warmly invites you for the event: "Healthy Minds for Master Minds: Mental Health 101 for early-career scientists" on Friday, May 28th from 13:00 to 15:00 CEST.
The registration is now open, with a deadline on Wednesday, May 26th, via the indico page.
The workshop will be run by a work therapist who has extensive experience raising awareness about mental health among scientists. The program includes:
Understand the differences between good and poor mental health;
Recognise the impact of mental health on people's social lives and work environments;
Learn how to be proactive when dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression. The workshop is primarily aimed at early-career scientists, but all are welcome to join.
On May 11th, the Tuesday meeting, will be dedicated to meetings in the post-pandemic era. There will be special presentations on the subject followed by discussions. As this session will largely benefit from your opinions and comments, a rather long time for discussion is scheduled. The agenda is posted here:
Do not miss it!
From the CERN alumni network: Online event on Moving Out of Academia to the Environment Industry. For more details see the web page.
The LHCb newcomers event will take place during the Tuesday Meeting (the general weekly meeting of the Collaboration, which on that day will be focused on the different initiatives for learning at LHCb) on Tuesday March 30th. All people who recently joined LHCb should have received an invitation email. At the beninning of the event there will be a few talks to shortly present the collaboration and how it operates. A Member of the LHCb secretariat, the Collaboration Board chair, and members of the Early Career Gender and Diversity office all plan to be at the event to introduce themselves. There will then be an opportunity for you to introduce yourself and time for any questions that you might have.
March 10th 2021
"Soft-skills workshop" organized jointly with our Early-Career
friends in ALICE, ATLAS and CMS. Topic: "Interview skills for academia". Please register through the Indico
1 Sep 2020
Application deadline for CERN's Fellowship and Post Career Break Fellowship programmes.
15 Apr 2020
"Soft-skills workshop" organized jointly with our Early-Career
friends in ALICE, ATLAS and CMS. Topic: "Making the best out of
working from home". Please register through the Indico
7 Apr 2020
Tuesday meeting with Eckhard Elsen, CERN Director for Research
and Computing. Please send you questions for Eckhard to Giovanni
and/or Chris - or to your ECGD officers.
24-27 Mar 2020
Software Carpentry at CERN event, aimed at training in key skills for HEP software development and of particular interest to those who did not yet attend the LHCb StarterKit event. Registration opens Feb 28 at 10h CERN time. See their Indico page for details.
8 Mar 2020
International Women's day.
6 Mar 2020
CERN's WIT are visiting LHCb for one of their "WIT Drinks", see the Indico agenda for details. Unfortunately, we had to cancel this event due to COVID-19. We'll re-schedule it as soon as the crisis is over.
4 Mar 2020
Deadline for submitting your photos for the new "Women in LHCb" poster and for the #EachForEqual initiative. For details, see our Feb 28 newsletter.
26 Feb 2020
LHCb Startertalk on "Basic practices of scientific writing", by Eliane Epple, starting at 16h30 in 13-2-005 at CERN and on Vidyo. For more details, see the Indico agenda.
26 Feb 2020
Debate session with our four PC candidates, starting at 14h30 in the Filtration plant at CERN and on Vidyo.
26 Feb 2020
Laura Bassi lunchtime event, 12h30-13h30 in room 40-5-A01 at CERN. Topic of discussion: "Imposter Syndrome".
19 Nov 2019
LHC Career Networking Event at CERN; agenda is in preparation, the format is going to be similar to that of the 2018 edition.
21 Aug 2019
LHC Ice Cream event at CERN - "Come for the ice cream, stay for the physics". This year's topic is Neutrinos. The agenda is still evolving, the format will be similar to last year's.
1 Aug 2019
ECGD talk by Marina Artuso at DPF meeting in Boston.
10 Jul 2019
ECGD talk by Vitalii Lisovskyi at EPS-HEP in Ghent.
6 Jul 2019
CERN's Women in Technology (WIT) have their own Instagram channel, wit.at.cern.
5 Jul 2019
LGBTSTEM day, the International Day of LGBT+ People in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths; LHCb and ECGD are supporters.
4 Jul 2019
Talk at CERN by Ben Britton, "No sexuality please, we're scientists".
27 Jun 2019
Article in Nature on discrimination against LGBT+ scientists.
19 Jun 2019
LHCb Starter Talk at the 92nd LHCb week; Manuel Schiller will discuss "Flavour Tagging" with you.
18 Jun 2019
ECGD session at the 92nd LHCb week; the topic is "Early Career initiatives in LHCb", with presentations by Martha Hilton and Eluned Anne Smith followed by hopefully lively discussions.
17 Jun 2019
Screening of the movie "Miss Representation" in the CERN Council Chamber (starting at 12h00); you can register through the Indico page, which also has some information on the movie.
14 Jun 2019
Frauen*streik / Grève féministe in Switzerland; there is an academic manifesto that you can sign.
13/14 Jun 2019
CERN academic training lectures on Evolutionary Psychology, Self-Control, Decision Fatigue, and Energy Depletion and Thinking about the Future. Video recordings are going to appear on the Indico pages.
12 Jun 2019
The New York Times report that Francis Collins, head of N.I.H., Calls for End to All-Male Panels of Scientists.
21 May 2019
"From physics to data science": Four physicists share their journeys through academia into industry and offer words of wisdom for those considering making a similar move..
15 May 2019
Article in Nature, "Being a PhD student shouldn?t be bad for your health"
23 Apr 2019
Article in PLOS Biology, "Request a woman scientist: a database for diversifying the public face of science".
8 Apr 2019
Presentation at CERN by Prof. Juliane Degner, "I'm the least sexist person..." - why It is misleading and dangerous to believe that you are free of prejudice; a recording is availabe in case you missed the presentation.
8 Mar 2019
International Women's Day.
8 Mar 2019
Women in Technology at CERN are launching the 2019 edition of their mentoring programme; everyone is welcome to apply.
6 Mar 2019
The ECGD office is now included in the LHCb constitution (Section 3.4).
5 Mar 2019
The winners of the ECGD logo competition are Martino Borsato and his friends from Heidelberg. Many thanks and congratulations!
5 Mar 2019
ECGD session at the 91st LHCb week; we have invited the CERN Ombudsperson, Pierre Gildemyn, and Val Gibson will report on the Results of the ECFA Survey on the Recognition of Individual Achievements in Large Collaborations; the session will be followed by coffee and biscuits in the Filtration plant.
11 Feb 2019
International Day of Women and Girls in Science; for the first time, the heads of eight major European scientific organisations (including CERN) have issued a joint statement on this occasion.
10 Oct 2018
is World Mental Health Day.
5 Jul 2018
is #LGBTSTEMDay (the International Day of LGBT+ People in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths).
23 May 2018
the Albert Einstein Center at the University of Bern is organising a Women in HEP day.
8 Mar 2018
14th LHCb ECGD meeting; the main topic is Gender balance in Masterclasses and elsewhere, with a talk by Pippa Wells on "Women and Girls in Science".
8 Mar 2018
is also International Women's Day.
11 Feb 2018
is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
7 Dec 2017
13th LHCb ECGD meeting; the main topic is "A meeting about meetings: How to make them better?"
21 Sep 2017
12th LHCb ECGD meeting; the main topic is Statistics and Notes on the 2016 survey.
2 Aug 2017
Talk on Diversity and Inclusion by Elizabeth Simmons at APS-DPF 2017. See also:
AIP Statistical Research Center.
7 Jul 2017
ECGD presentation at EPS-HEP 2017
slides, proceedings at
15 Jun 2017
11th LHCb ECGD meeting; the main topic is "human-human interaction with the LHCb experiment"
26 Jun 2017
CERN Diversity in Action Workshop: learn about how stereotypes form and how they could affect our professional life; explore ways to recognise and overcome unconscious biases.
2 Mar 2017
10th LHCb ECGD meeting; the main topic is "Mentoring in LHCb"
27 Jan 2017
Gender in Physics Day at the CERN Globe (see also article in the CERN bulletin by Sijbrand de Jong:
Diversity? It's an issue for the majority).
8 Dec 2016
9th LHCb ECGD meeting; the main topic is "Mentoring".
29 Nov 2016
ALICE-ATLAS-CMS-LHCb Career Networking Event: former LHC physicists talk about their careers outside HEP, be it as employees of large companies or founders of their own start-ups, in computing, engineering, finance, consulting, journalism,...
Survey of postdoctoral funding schemes in Europe; the report also considers the role of the postdoctoral positions given that most postdocs will not find a tenured academic position.
Article in Physics World on Gender bias in recommendation letters.
4 Oct 2016
Presentation at CERN of Tasneem Zehra Husain's book “Only the Longest Threads” (see also this link for details on Tasneem Zehra Husain's visit of CERN).
15 Sep 2016
8th LHCb ECGD meeting; the main topic is 2016 survey results.
5 Aug 2016
ECGD presentation at ICHEP 2016 (Indico, slides, proceedings).
14 Jun 2016
An interactive map of The state of gay rights around the world published by the Washington Post.
22 Mar 2016
ECGD statement on LGBT poster defacements at CERN.
OECD working paper: Does gender discrimination matter for long-term growth? (see also the OECD Gender and development web page and their Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) regional report for Europe and Central Asia, published in 2015).
26 March 2015
CERN Knowledge Transfer meet-ups for CERN people interested in entrepreneurship and innovation; contact person is Marthe Dehli.
8 March 2016
Report at the CERN ACCU meeting on Gender (Im)Balance at CERN.
17 Feb 2015
LHCb mentoring programme.
TED talk by Frans de Waal: Not even monkeys accept different pay for the same job (the relevant bit starts around 12'46'').
TED talk by Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders.