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Jul 6 – 13, 2022
Bologna, Italy
Europe/Rome timezone

Invited, Valued and Welcome? Negotiating Diversity and Equity in Physics

Jul 9, 2022, 5:00 PM
Room 7 (Gialla)

Room 7 (Gialla)

Parallel Talk Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Equality, Diversity and Inclusion


Helene Götschel (FU Berlin, Germany)


High Energy Physics is strongly aligned with cleverness and masculinity. ‘Not surprisingly, physics does an extremely good job at keeping people out’ (Anna Danielsson 2022). Therefore, inviting women and minorities is not enough. We need to understand and overcome the gendered, classed and raced politics of knowledge-producing processes in STEM. In this talk research results of mainly qualitative studies will be presented. We reflect on the power of norms and exclusions in the culture, representation, and teaching of physics. We look, for example, at communications in research labs, educational settings at universities, physicists’ behavior at conferences, and contents of physics textbooks. In addition, we discuss strategies to value and welcome diversity and equity in HEP.

In-person participation No

Primary author

Helene Götschel (FU Berlin, Germany)

Presentation materials