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We prepare an ECGD newsletter, which the LHCb secretariat kindly attaches to the Weekly News that they circulate every Friday afternoon. For ease of access, we also collect these newsletters here below.

Please contact us if you have news that you would like us to include into one of our upcoming newsletters.


2022:
Jan 14 | Jan 21 | Jan 28
Feb 4 | Feb 11 | Feb 18 | Feb 25
Mar 4 | Mar 11 | Mar 18 | Mar 25
Apr 1 | Apr 15 | Apr 22 | Apr 29
May 6 | May 13 | May 20
June 3 | June 10 | June 24
July 1 | July 8 | July 15 | July 22 | July 29
September 2 | September 9 | September 16 | September 23


23 September 2022

Upcoming CERN Alumni events

30 September at 11:00 CET - Virtual Company Showroom with Google: https://alumni.cern/events/95312 


Why counter-stereotypical female role models are so important

An article discusses the underrepresentation of women in professions such as STEM, the gender pay gap and lack of female role models in these industries, by analysing data from surveys: https://wearetechwomen.com/why-counter-stereotypical-female-role-models-are-so-important/ 


16 September 2022

Next "Coffee with…" event, Tuesday September 20

The registration for the next "Coffee with…" event is now open. This is an opportunity to spend half an hour chatting with nice people, some of whom you might have never met otherwise. It will take place next Tuesday, September 20, between 13:30-14:00 CET (right before the Tuesday meeting).

This is how it works: you register at   https://indico.cern.ch/event/1200880/ 

by Monday evening (just before the event) at the latest. We take the list of all registrations, split it "randomly" into small groups of participants and assign each group to a separate zoom room.

We'll send you the link to your zoom room on Tuesday morning.


CERN alumni events

The CERN alumni event series Virtual Company Showroom is now organised regularly and connects alumni with companies who are keen to recruit people with skills developed at CERN. Companies talk about their current openings, the application process, how it is to work there and alumni have an opportunity to ask their questions.

Here is the agenda for this autumn so far: 

 ·VDL ETG, 16 September: https://alumni.cern/events/93384  

 ·Argusa, 23 September: https://alumni.cern/events/88017  

 ·Google, 30 September

 ·Advantics, 7 October

 ·Medidee, 21 October

 ·Factory Pal, 28 October

More info at: https://alumni.cern/ 


9 September 2022

Follow-up on this week's ECGD session on Regional representation in positions of responsibility in LHCb

This week we had the ECGD session focused on a complex topic and while we had a very fruitful discussion about some aspects, there are still a lot others that we didn’t have the time to bring up. Many interesting things came up during the discussion and further questions and suggestions were raised in the jamboard. We would like to thank the panelists and audience for their participation and for the jamboard reactions. The common impression is that we didn't have enough time to discuss everything. We are thinking about the best way and timing to continue the discussion, and we will inform the collaboration later.

The jamboard comments are now attached to the session’s agenda in indico: 

https://indico.cern.ch/event/1162493/#b-475723-ecgd 


CERN Women In Technology Talk 25 by’25

For those at CERN, there will be a WIT Talk with Louise Carvalho (CERN Diversity & Inclusion Programme Leader) on Tue 13th Sept at 12h15 in the IT Amphitheatre, to discuss the progress of the 25by’25 initiative.

You may submit your questions before the event here: https://liveqna.web.cern.ch/event/yYgRQq 

More details in the indico page: https://indico.cern.ch/event/1172655/  


2 September 2022

ECGD session at the Dortmund LHCb week on 7th September


At the Dortmund LHCb week next week we will have the ECGD session on Wednesday 7th September, 14:45-15:45 CEST, both in person and remotely. The session is dedicated to a first look and discussion of the representation in roles of responsibility in the collaboration among different geographical regions. After presenting the statistics, there will be a panel and Q&A session with panelists from different geographical regions. 

Looking forward to seeing many of you there! 

The agenda is at: https://indico.cern.ch/event/1162493/#b-475723-ecgd 



Laura Bassi initiative meeting at the Dortmund LHCb week


The next Laura Bassi initiative meeting will be held during Dortmund LHCb week on Wednesday 7th September at 13:00 CEST, in person and remotely. Miriam Lucio will lead a discussion on the possibility of setting up an "ask me anything" support network for young researchers. 

Indico:  https://indico.cern.ch/event/1196507/ 


29 July 2022

Citations in science are biased towards a handful of nations – and the gap is growing


Scientists from a handful of “core” countries tend to be cited much more than those working in “periphery” nations. The analysis by sociologists finds that this citation gap is largest in the physical sciences – and that it is growing across all scientific fields. This inequality and lack of diversity in geographical spread of science could impact the spread of knowledge and the growth of new ideas.

https://physicsworld.com/a/citations-in-science-are-biased-towards-handful-of-nations-and-the-gap-is-growing/ 


22 July 2022

LHCb Newcomers Welcome Event

An LHCb Newcomers Welcome Event will be held at the next Tuesday meeting on 26 July. It will include an introduction to the LHCb organisation, the ECGD office and the LHCb secretariat and is aimed at new and recent members of the collaboration: 

https://indico.cern.ch/event/1174649/ 


LHCb PhD Thesis and Early-Career Scientist Awards in the CERN Bulletin

The winners of the LHCb 2022 awards for PhD Thesis and Early Career Scientists were reported in an article in the CERN Bulletin:

https://home.cern/news/news/experiments/lhcb-2022-phd-thesis-and-early-career-scientist-awards 


15 July 2022

More women in science and technology in the EU


Eurostat has published in May some statistics on the number of people employed in science and technology in the EU and the distribution between men and women. In 2021, of the 74 million people in the EU aged 15 to 74 employed in science and technology, 52% were women, +4% compared with 2020 and +26% compared with 2011. Data show that the female workforce grew more than their male counterparts (+1% compared with 2020 and +16% compared with 2011). There is also a breakdown of the percentage of women in science by country regions.

https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/en/web/products-eurostat-news/-/ddn-20220513-1 


8 July 2022

Beware survivorship bias in advice on science careers

Much of our success comes from luck and circumstances in addition to the hard work. 

For objective careers advice, talk to those who left science as well as those who stayed. 

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02634-z 


1 July 2022

CERN colloquium on “Legacies of racism and sexism in science”

Science journalist Angela Saini will explore the history of deep-rooted prejudices around gender and race that pervaded the birth of modern Western science, and the legacies those prejudices have left in modern-day biology and medicine. 

Connection and location details on the Indico page: https://indico.cern.ch/event/1176078/  


24 June 2022

Next "Coffee with..." event on Tuesday 28 June


The registration for the next "Coffee with …" event is now open. This is an opportunity to spend half an hour chatting with nice people, some of whom you might have never met otherwise. It will take place next Tuesday, June 28, between 13:30-14:00 CET (right before the Tuesday meeting).

 

This is how it works: you register at   https://indico.cern.ch/event/1174156/ 

by Monday evening (just before the event) at the latest. We take the list of all registrations, split it "randomly" into small groups of participants and assign each group to a separate zoom room.

We'll send you the link to your zoom room on Tuesday morning.



Women in Technology talk on progress of the CERN 25by’25 initiative


The WIT community has invited Louise Carvalho – Diversity & Inclusion Programme Leader – to share the progress of the 25by’25 initiative on Wednesday 29 June in the IT Amphitheatre at CERN.  Louise will explain how the strategy of CERN’s first ever gender target initiative was designed and is being implemented.

More details in the indico page: https://indico.cern.ch/event/1172655/  


10 June 2022

ECGD session at the 104th LHCb week on 14th June 


An eventful LHCb week is coming up, with the ECGD session on Tuesday 14th June, 16:45-18:30 CEST in the Globe and remotely. The ECGD session will feature a talk from Melania Coletta (CERN) on the CERN Diversity and Inclusion programme which will be open for questions, followed by the award ceremonies for the LHCb Early Career Scientist Award and the LHCb Thesis Award. Looking forward to seeing you there.

The agenda is at: https://indico.cern.ch/event/1160084/#b-461964-ecgd-collaboration-pr 


Laura Bassi meeting during LHCb week


The Laura Bassi meeting will be held on Thursday lunch-time of LHCb week, 16th June, 12:45-13:45 CEST in building 40 (next to the filtration plant), room 40/R-A10.

More details on the event and on the Laura Bassi initiative at: https://indico.cern.ch/event/1168758/ 


LHC Soft Skills Workshop: What I wish I knew when I was a PhD student/postdoc


The next (sixth) LHC soft skill workshop will be held online on 17th June at 15:00-17:00 CEST: "What I wish I knew when I was a Ph.D. student/postdoc". 

Registration is on the indico page: https://indico.cern.ch/event/1154668/ 


3 June 2022

LHC Soft Skills Workshop: What I wish I knew when I was a PhD student/postdoc


The Early Career Scientists Fora of the four large LHC experiments have joined forces to organize a cycle of soft skills workshops, where each event will focus on a different career development training aspect (CV writing, grant writing, the importance of networking, career paths, negotiations for a new job, interview preparation, etc.). 


The next (sixth) LHC soft skill workshop will be held online on the 17th of June at 15:00-17:00 CEST: "What I wish I knew when I was a Ph.D. student/postdoc". 

Registration is on the indico page: https://indico.cern.ch/event/1154668/ 


The workshop includes an open panel discussion followed by a Q&A session in zoom breakout rooms. During the panel discussion, the invited panellists will cover topics focusing on the different stages of an academic career, including career changes from academia to industry. At the time of event registration, you will have the opportunity to submit questions that you would like to be addressed by the panellists. The event is open to anyone working on a CERN experiment.



Next Laura Bassi meeting during LHCb week


This coming LHCb week we will have our first in-person Laura Bassi meeting for two years, for which our next PC-elect Yasmine Amhis has kindly agreed to be interviewed on her career to data and experiences as a women in LHCb and in STEM more broadly. 


The Laura Bassi initiative aims to bring together LHCb colleagues interested in tackling the underrepresentation of women in HEP, to promote discussion and ideas on related issues and to provide an informal network to colleagues. Meetings are open to all, but are primarily geared towards PhD students and post-docs.


The meeting will be held on Thursday lunch-time of LHCb week, 16th June, 12:45-13:45 CEST in building 40 (next to the filtration plant), room 40/R-A10.

More details on the event and on the Laura Bassi initiative at: https://indico.cern.ch/event/1168758/ 


20 May 2022

Next "Coffee with …" event, Tuesday May 24th


The registration for the next "Coffee with …" event is now open. This is an opportunity to spend half an hour chatting with nice people, some of whom you might have never met otherwise. It will take place next Tuesday, May 24 between 13:30-14:00 CET (right before the Tuesday meeting).


This is how it works: you register at   https://indico.cern.ch/event/1162208/ 

by Monday evening (just before the event) at the latest. We take the list of all registrations, split it "randomly" into small groups of participants and assign each group to a separate zoom room.

We'll send you the link to your zoom room on Tuesday morning.

We hope to see you there with us!



WIT Talk with Noor Afshan Fathima, CERN IT accessibility studies' ally

On Monday, May 23 at 12:00 CET, Women in Technology talks receives Noor Afshan Fathima who will share the challenges of raising awareness on disabilities and her efforts with Open Source methodologies, including accessibility tools. 

https://indico.cern.ch/event/1158567/ 


Conference on Gender dimensions in physics and math-intensive research and teaching 

to be held in Lund, Sweden on June 22-23, 2022

https://indico.desy.de/e/gedimirt  


13 May 2022

Call for an Early Career representative nomination


To the Early Career Community: Martha is resigning as EC representative on the 30th of June due to her taking a new position outside of the LHCb collaboration. Thus there is a new call for nominations to replace her, open until the 23rd of May.


- Nominations are open to any member of the LHCb EC Community

- Self-nominations are welcome and encouraged!

- To make a nomination, write directly to Sara Celani (sara.celani@cern.ch) and/or Martha Hilton (martha.hilton@cern.ch), and the nomination procedure will be kept fully anonymous.

- In the case of more than 1 candidates accepting the nomination, an election inside the EC Community (as defined by the EC egroup*) will be organised. 

- The aim is to have the next representative ratified at the June CB, so he/she can start his/her term on the 1st of July.

- The newly elected representative will work together with Sara, who will continue her term.

- The duration of the mandate is flexible, normally between 1-2 years.


For more information about the EC representatives work and initiatives, see: https://lhcb.web.cern.ch/ECGD_Office/earlycareer.html  

Continuing and expanding this work is in the best interest of the entire EC Community and is useful for personal development and networking, so we strongly invite you to actively participate in the selection process of the new representatives!


*Belonging to the LHCb early-career commnutiny is a matter of self definition. The community includes all the LHCb members who are subscribed to the e-group lhcb-early-career. By default, postdocs, PhD students and Bachelor students are automatically subscibed. LHCb members who do not belong to these categories and would like to join the community should subscribe to the e-group lhcb-early-career-subscribe.

https://lhcb.web.cern.ch/ECGD_Office/ECGD-intro.html 



Job shadowing at CERN for children


CERN has a job shadowing program to help school children confirm the choice of their future studies through discovering CERN and how it is pushing the frontiers of science and technology.

The shadowing lasts typically one week during the summer. The Women In Technology group calls for the women at CERN to:

- Volunteer to be shadowed; Please mail WIT if you are interested: wit-sc@cern.ch

- Spread the word. Applications are open: https://careers.cern/job-shadowing 


6 May 2022

2021 annual report by the CERN Ombud is out


The report contains anonymous, statistical information with respect to matters brought to the Ombud's attention, including their nature and status or outcome and the demographics of visitors, as well as a general assessment of the operation of the Office of the Ombud. The observations and conclusions are used to propose pragmatic actions to help solve the frequently raised problems, that are then submitted to the CERN Directorate.

https://ombuds.web.cern.ch/blog/2022/04/2021-annual-report-ombud-lets-talk 


29 April 2022

Discrimination still plagues science

A Nature survey shows discrimination remains common in science and employers need to do more to improve workplace equity and inclusion. 

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-03043-y 


22 April 2022

LHCb Early Career Scientist Awards - last days for nominations

 

The call for nominations for the 2022 LHCb Early Career Scientist Awards is still open until Monday.

Please submit your nominations by *Monday April 25th 2022* via the website:

   https://lhcb-early-career-scientist-awards.web.cern.ch 

To access it, please click on the sign-in link at the top right and use your CERN credentials. 

As in previous years, the LHCb awards recognise outstanding achievements by the LHCb early career scientists.

 

Prizes will be awarded to individuals or small teams:

1) For an outstanding contribution to the operation of LHCb or to the LHCb Upgrade I.

2) For a transformative contribution to LHCb.

3) For an outstanding contribution to the area of Computing and Software.

4) Other award-worthy contributions that do not fall in the categories above (usually not including physics data analyses).

 

In the nomination form, please include the email addresses of two referees. Preferentially they should send their reference letters to lhcb-early-career-award@cern.ch by Monday April 25th. If this cannot be organised, the committee will contact them directly to get the necessary information. 

 

Everyone in the Collaboration is encouraged to send nominations. Self-nominations are also welcome.

 

The prizes will be awarded at the June LHCb week.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send an email to the members of the committee: lhcb-early-career-award@cern.ch 

 


Next CERN Alumni events for early-career scientists

 

·         Virtual Company Showroom with IBA, a company operating in the field of proton therapy, radiopharmacy, particle accelerators for industry on 29 April: 

https://alumni.cern/events/82722

·         Virtual Company Showroom with Switzerland-based company Dotphoton, image compression solution for professional applications, on 13 May: 

https://alumni.cern/events/82723


15 April 2022

IRIS-HEP AGC Tools 2022 Workshop, April 25–26, 2022


The two-day IRIS-HEP AGC Tools 2022 Workshop is an opportunity for early career scientists and will take place on April 25-26, 2022. 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 is at: https://indico.cern.ch/e/agc-tools-2

The AGC focuses on running a physics analysis at scale, including the handling of systematic uncertainties, binned statistical analysis, reinterpretation, and end-to-end optimization. The AGC makes use of new and advanced analysis tools developed by the community in the Python ecosystem and relies on the development of the required cyberinfrastructure to be executed at scale. A specific goal of the AGC is to demonstrate technologies envisioned for use at the HL-LHC.

The workshop will feature talks, demonstrations, and discussions related to the following:

  • Foundation libraries (uproot, awkward, hist, mplhep)
  • Queries with func_adl and data delivery with ServiceX
  • Columnar analysis with coffea
  • Statistical inference: pyhf and cabinetry
  • From data delivery to statistical inference: connecting all the pieces
  • Data management with Skyhook
  • Scale-out with coffea: coffea-casa analysis facility
  • Analysis user experience with Python HEP data science tools
  • Experiment-related discussions

The agenda will heavily feature hands-on examples based on various tools and services developed in the Python ecosystem by and for the particle physics community, with room to discuss the current status of projects and interfaces.


Participants will be able to follow along and experience the showcased workflows themselves on dedicated Analysis Facilities.

The workshop follows a similar event that took place in Nov 2021 (https://indico.cern.ch/e/agc-tools-workshop). This upcoming iteration will also serve as an input to the HSF Analysis Ecosystems Workshop II.


01 April 2022

Sexual harrassment in science

Research shows that academia and science have not dealt effectively with cases of sexual harrassment. While scientists who are harrassed often face significant career consequences, ranging from having to make lateral career moves to not feeling safe enough to attend professional events, it is rare for the victims to get the resolution they deserve. The article lists the roadblocks when facing this problem and offers ideas to improve our working environment. 

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/article/sexual-harassment-science-me-too-essay 


25 March 2022

LHCb Early Career Scientist Awards 


The call for nominations for the 2022 LHCb Early Career Scientist Awards is now open. Please submit your nominations by Monday April 18th 2022 via the website: https://lhcb-early-career-scientist-awards.web.cern.ch 

To access it, please click on the sign-in link at the top right  and use your CERN credentials. 


As in previous years, LHCb prizes recognise outstanding achievements by LHCb’s early career scientists. Prizes will be awarded by individuals or small teams:

1) For an outstanding contribution to the operation of LHCb or to the LHCb Upgrade I.

2) For a transformative contribution to LHCb.

3) For an outstanding contribution to the area of Computing and Software.

4) Other award-worthy contributions that do not fall in the categories above (usually not including physics data analyses).


In the nomination form, please include the email addresses of two referees. Preferentially they should send their reference letters to lhcb-early-career-award@cern.ch by Monday April 18th. If this cannot be organised, the committee will contact them directly to get the necessary information. 


Everyone in the Collaboration is encouraged to send nominations. Self nominations are also welcome.

The prizes will be awarded at the June LHCb week.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send an email to the members of the committee: lhcb-early-career-award@cern.ch 


18 March 2022

An LHCb Newcomers Welcome Event will be held at the next Tuesday meeting on 22 March. It will include an introduction to the LHCb organisation, the ECGD office and the LHCb secretariat and is aimed at new and recent members of the collaboration: 

https://indico.cern.ch/event/1100944/ 



Django Girls 2022: Call for volunteers for the online programming workshop at CERN


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:

https://home.cern/news/news/knowledge-sharing/django-girls-2022-call-volunteers-programming-workshop 


11 March 2022

Battling the Matilda Effect 


In 1993, Cornell University science historian Margaret Rossiter coined the term “Matilda Effect” to describe the lack of recognition given to the contributions of women scientists. This was one of the key motivations for the creation by the United Nations, in 2015, of the International Day of Women and Girls on Science. 


This year the International Particle Physics Outreach Group (IPPOG), which organises Particle Physics Masterclasses in institutions around the world, interviewed five of the masterclass moderators, all successful women scientists, to get their opinions on their ongoing efforts to battle the Matilda effect:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/battling-matilda-effect-ippog/ 


4 March 2022

Follow-up on this week's ECGD session on Women and Girls in Science


Many interesting issues came up during the ECGD session on Tuesday, especially in the lively panel discussion, on the position of women in science and in our collaboration. LHCb has a fraction of women comparable to that of other LHC collaborations, but lower than science in general, and the female fraction of responsibility roles is similar or higher than the overall fraction. We heard and discussed about the variety of difficulties women face in different stages of their scientific career and what initiatives can be taken to eliminate or reduce those difficulties. 


We received lots of suggestions and examples on the jamboard, as well as a list of further resources - many thanks to Marina Artuso - which are now added to the slides and attached to the session’s agenda in indico: https://indico.cern.ch/event/1125047/#b-450357-ecgd 



Next "Coffee with..." event


The registration for the next "Coffee with …" event is now open. This is an opportunity to spend half an hour chatting with nice people, some of whom you might have never met otherwise. It will take place on Tuesday, March 8th between 13:30-14:00 CET (right before the Tuesday meeting).

This is how it works: you register at  https://indico.cern.ch/event/1132925/ 

by Monday evening at the latest. We take the list of all registrations, split it "randomly" into small groups of participants and assign each group to a separate zoom room.

We'll send you the link to your zoom room on Tuesday morning.


We hope to see you there!



CERN Alumni events for early-career scientists


We’d like to inform you about the two upcoming events organised by CERN Alumni, targeting those in their early careers:

·         Virtual Company Showroom with Lausanne-based company, Neural Concept, on 04 March: https://alumni.cern/events/78594 

·         Moving Out of Academia to Data Science and Engineering on 11 March: https://alumni.cern/events/77302 

 


Women in Science - Panel discussion on the occasion of International Women’s Day


The Science & Society Initiative would like to invite you for:

Women in Science - Panel discussion on the occasion of International Women’s Day

8 March 2022 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.

Panelists:

    • Dr Beate Heinemann, DESY Director of Particle Physics Division

    • Dr Rohini Godbole, Honorary Professor, Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore),Vice president, Indian Academy of Science

    • Dr Halina Abramowicz, Professor at the School of Physics and Astronomy, Tel Aviv University

    • Dr Ursula Bassler, Scientific Director, IN2P3 – CNRS, Paris

    • Dr Miriam Nicado Garcia, Rector, University Havana, Cuba

    • Heidrun Tempel, Ambassador of Germany in Cuba, Havana

    • Dr Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences UNESCO, Paris

    • Dr Eva Gümbel, State Secretary for Science, Research an Equalities, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

Please register on: https://indico.desy.de/event/33168/  


25 February 2022

ECGD session next week on Women and Girls in Science


The ECGD session of the 103rd LHCb week is coming up (Tuesday 1st March, 16:15-17:45 CET) and will be dedicated to Women and Girls in Science. It will include a panel discussion with 6 women panelists from LHCb and outside. 


If you want to send questions for the panel in advance, please contact the ECGD officers (via lhcb.ecgd@cern.ch, or if you prefer anonymity via our personal email addresses benhaim@in2p3.fr and/or irina.nasteva@cern.ch). You will also be able to send questions during the panel discussion.


We hope to see many of you there with us!



Spotlight on stories from women in science 


To celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, female scientists from CERN share their experiences of starting and building a career in science: 

https://home.cern/news/news/cern/spotlight-stories-women-and-girls-science



Next "Coffee with..." event


The registration for the next "Coffee with …" event is now open. This is an opportunity to spend half an hour chatting with nice people, some of whom you might have never met otherwise. It will take place on the Tuesday after next, March 8th between 13:30-14:00 CET (right before the Tuesday meeting).

This is how it works: you register at

   https://indico.cern.ch/event/1132925/ 

by the Monday evening before the event at the latest. We take the list of all registrations, split it "randomly" into small groups of participants and assign each group to a separate zoom room.

We'll send you the link to your zoom room on Tuesday morning.


We hope to see you there!


18 February 2022

Questions for the next ECGD session discussion panel on Women and Girls in Science


The ECGD session of the next LHCb week (1st March) will be devoted to Women and Girls in Science and will include a panel discussion of the topic. We want to examine what has changed since we last looked at the subject in 2018 (in particular in LHCb but not only), and gather ideas for improvements.

 

If you want to add any questions for the panel in advance, please contact the ECGD officers (via lhcb.ecgd@cern.ch, or if you prefer anonymity via our personal email addresses benhaim@in2p3.fr and/or irina.nasteva@cern.ch) before the meeting.



Careers roundtable event


The LHCb UK Student Meeting Organisers are holding a careers roundtable online event on Thursday 24th February 16:30 CET, open to all LHCb early career researchers. The aim of the session is to highlight the different career paths available to Ph.D. candidates within LHCb and the diverse challenges faced in following those paths. 


The session will be an hour long and the four speakers are being asked to give a brief 5 minute overview of their careers followed by approximately 40 minutes of questions. The speakers are from within LHCb and also outside, from industry. The attendees have the opportunity to submit (anonymous) questions prior to, and during, the session via a google doc in the description on the indico page.

https://indico.cern.ch/event/1129365/ 


11 February 2022

International Day of Women and Girls in Science


Today, 11 February, is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, marking the efforts towards gender equality and celebrating the accomplishments of women and girls in science:

https://www.un.org/en/observances/women-and-girls-in-science-day 


Here are some statistics from the United Nations report:

  • Women are typically given smaller research grants than their male colleagues and, while they represent 33.3% of all researchers, only 12% of members of national science academies are women.
  • Despite a shortage of skills in most of the technological fields driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution, women still account for only 28% of engineering graduates and 40% of graduates in computer science and informatics.
  • Female researchers tend to have shorter, less well-paid careers. Their work is underrepresented in high-profile journals and they are often passed over for promotion.


For some further reading, check out 3 things to know about women in STEM: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/02/stem-gender-inequality-researchers-bias 

and Gender equality in STEM is possible - these countries prove it:

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/03/gender-equality-in-stem-is-possible  



Call for applications in CERN’s Women in Technology 2022 Mentoring Programme


The WIT Mentoring Programme is now running for the 5th year and will soon call for mentees and mentors for the 2022 exercise, beginning in May and ending in December. The call for applications for mentees and mentors will be available on the WIT website at the beginning of March and an informative session will be held on 25 February.

https://home.cern/news/news/cern/take-part-cerns-women-technology-2022-mentoring-programme 


4 February 2022

Request for help in organising the ECGD session of the next LHCb week


We are now starting to organise the ECGD session of the next LHCb week. 

This time it will be devoted to Women and Girls in Science, related to the celebration of the "International Day of Women and Girls in Science" on February 11th.

 

The last session on a closely-related topic took place back in 2018, and we believe that now is a right time to discuss it again. We would like to have a discussion of the topic, examine what has changed since 2018 (in particular in LHCb but not only), and gather ideas for improvements.

 

If you have ideas, opinions or personal accounts to share, please do not hesitate to contact the ECGD officers (via lhcb.ecgd@cern.ch or our personal email addresses), by the end of today (Friday Feb 4th). We would greatly appreciate your help.



International Day of Women and Girls in Science on 11 February: activities for all ages in the CERN area 


From 7 to 11 February 2022, almost sixty volunteers, all female scientists and engineers from CERN, Scienscope (UNIGE), the École Polytechnique Fédérale 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 at: https://home.cern/news/announcement/knowledge-sharing/international-day-women-and-girls-science-11-february-local 



Webinar on Gender Equality and International Cooperation


The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) is organising a full-day webinar online event: 

"Gender Equality in Higher Education, Research and Innovation: from institutional policies to international cooperation issues"

on Thursday 10 February 2022 | 10:45am to 4:45pm C.E.T.

Online free registration is mandatory. More information at: https://premc.org/gender-equality/program/ 



28 January 2022

First "Coffee with..." event of the year is next week


The registration for the first "Coffee with …" event of 2022 is now open. This is an opportunity to spend half an hour chatting with nice people, some of whom you might have never met otherwise. It will take place next Tuesday, February 1st between 13:30-14:00 CET (right before the Tuesday meeting).

This is how it works: you register at

   https://indico.cern.ch/event/1121178/ 

by Monday evening at the latest. We take the list of all registrations, split it "randomly" into small groups of participants and assign each group to a separate zoom room.

We'll send you the link to your zoom room on Tuesday morning.


We hope to see you there with us!



IUPAP Particles and Fields Early Career Scientist Prizes 2022


The Commission of Particles and Fields of IUPAP solicits nominations of outstanding young experimental or theoretical particle physicists for the two 2022 Early Career Scientist Prizes. Candidates for the prize should have a maximum of 8 years of research experience (excluding career interruptions) following the PhD.

Nominations should be submitted before February 1, 2022 at 12:00pm CET. 

For more information, go to: https://iupap.org/who-we-are/internal-organization/commissions/c11-particles-and-fields/c11-news/ 



International Day of Women and Girls in Science: profiling women scientists


The CERN Women in Technology will be relaunching its instagram account for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Friday, February 11. 


To celebrate this day and to provide content for the new account, we would like to profile a variety of women affiliated with CERN and working in science, technology, or engineering. Staff, fellows, users, students... all are welcome, whether you are based at CERN or remotely. The goal is to highlight not only the interesting work that women do at CERN, but the human side of science and technology, to show that scientists and engineers are real people with hobbies and lives outside of work.


Please send us 2-3 good quality photos of yourself; one should show you engaged in your work (be creative if you're teleworking!) and the others should illustrate something you like to do in your free time: sports, music, baking, art... the choice is yours


Please also fill out the following questionnaire.  Keep your answers short and accessible since they will be used in the Instagram caption. Example questionnaire: 

Name: Kate Whalen

Nationality: Canadian

Where are you now: CERN, Geneva, Switzerland

Job description: Physicist from the University of Oregon, working on the upgrade of the trigger system of the ATLAS Experiment.

Favourite thing about working at CERN: Being able to work in an international environment with friends and colleagues from all over the world!

Description of the hobby portrayed in the photos: Kate enjoys biking in the mountains and reading as many books as she can get her hands on. 


You can send them to wit-socialmedia@cern.ch or to wit-matters-sc@cern.ch.

We look forward to receive all your pictures as soon as you have them ready and post them on the new WIT profile.


21 January 2022

How burnout and imposter syndrome blight scientific careers


Most scientists love what they do, but job satisfaction levels hit a new low, Nature’s 2021 careers survey finds. Stress, burnout, impostor syndrome and the mental-health problems they can trigger are strongly tied to job satisfaction and they seem to have worsened in 2021.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-03042-z 


14 January 2022

Counteracting bias in recruitment and evaluation


We know from 30 years of empirical research, that women in science are judged more critically than men and are often evaluated as less capable when performing similar or even identical work. The Faculty of Science at the University of Zurch produced this video on gender equality and basic fairness in academic recruitment, where the active measures to counteract bias in hiring, implemented recently by the institution, are described:

https://www.mnf.uzh.ch/en/mnf-gleichstellung/counteractingBias.html