Lilia Meza-Montes “How to Improve the Situation of Women in Sciences: Physics as a Case Study”

Lilia Meza-Montes “How to Improve the Situation of Women in Sciences: Physics as a Case Study”
Monday, November 6, 4:10 pm

Walter Hall, Room 135 (http://www.ohiou.edu/athens/bldgs/walter.html)
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Special Joint Colloquium: Department of Physics and Astronomy (http://www.phy.ohiou.edu/) & OU Women’s Studies (http://www.ohiou.edu/womenstudies/)
Lilia Meza-Montes (http://nsnm.phy.ohiou.edu/rese_news.php?article=35), Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, is serving as one of this year’s visiting professors in Ohio University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy as part of the Glidden Visiting Professorship award.

The First International Conference on Women in Physics took place in Paris in 2002. It was organized by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), with the primary purpose “to understand the severe under-representation of women worldwide and to develop strategies to increase their participation in physics”. The Second Conference was held last year in Rio de Janeiro, showing important advances in some countries.

What is going on in Latin America since then? In this talk, I will give an overview of the status of women in Physics in Latin American and Caribbean countries, on Mexico in more detail. The most important results of the conferences “Latinoamericanas en las Ciencias Exactas y de la Vida” (Latin American Women in the Exact and Life Sciences) will be presented. Aimed to discuss regional issues after the IUPAP conferences, not only among physicists but together with scientists working on fields with similarities, these conferences are giving insight into the situation of female scientists. Social scientists working on gender issues have participated too. Moreover, institutions are getting involved, accomplishing the goals of the IUPAP conferences.

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