Athena Swan

Athena Swan promotes and supports the diversity of all staff in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and aims to address gender, race and sexual orientation inequalities and imbalance in these disciplines and, in particular, the under-representation of certain groups in senior roles.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

IOP - International Conference on Women in Physics (ICWIP)

The International Conference on Women in Physics (ICWIP) will take place on 16-20 July 2017 at the University of Birmingham, UK. 

On behalf of the Midlands Physics Alliance and the Institute of Physics, we would like to invite you to participate in the sixth IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics (ICWIP 2017) to be held at the University of Birmingham in July 2017. This is the first time the conference has been held in the UK, and will include an outstanding programme for women in physics attracting a truly international participation. The aim of the conference is to agree a set of resolutions, which will be presented at the IUPAP General Assembly. Recommendations from the conference will be sent to physics institutions and professional bodies world-wide. To find out more about the conference, visit the conference website.
Teams from all over the world will be attending as representatives of their country. The UK will be sending a substantial team, led by Dr Barbara Gabrys (Oxford) and Dr Jess Wade (Imperial College). To accommodate an international delegation, there are a limited number of places available to be part of the UK team.
Applications to be part of our team are now being invited from all those involved in physics in the UK with an interest in the issues of women in physics: physics departments, schools, research institutes and companies. Being part of our team will give you a chance to share your practice and experience on an international stage, hearing from and meeting delegates from across the world. Alongside gaining ideas and recommendations for you to implement in your own working environment, you will have a chance to influence and contribute to the UK report.
Applying is easy – just send us your details (name, job, location, area of physics, etc.) and a short statement (no more than 500 words) on why you would like to attend this conference, highlighting some or all of the following:
• Your involvement in women in science activities within your school, department, university or organisation
• Your involvement with activities to promote gender diversity and/ or public engagement
• Your particular interest in this area
• You can include a CV if you wish
Please email your statement to Barbara ( or Jess ( by 15 December 2016. We will reply to all expressions of interest in the new year.
Please note, for your own budgeting purposes: the conference is likely to cost between £500-£600 (conference fee plus accommodation) plus any associated travel expenses. The conference fee allows us to invite scientists from developing nations. It will be worth the cost to share your own practise, expertise, and to hear from the international community of women in physics.
Please contact Barbara or Jess if you have any queries.

1 comment:

  1. Didn't know there are special science conferences for women. In times of my student years both genders participated in such events without restrictions and discrimination. However, who knows... if this tactics positively impacts on scinece, then why not? Would recommend include for your works the source containing tips on how to deal with a dissertation - I'm sure it will lighten your load.