The primary topic of the meeting is the analysis of the existing actions towards Gender Equity Practices in Physics and Astronomy Research and High Level Education Institutes involving Research Performing Organizations (RPO) and Research Funding Organizations (RFO), Cantonal and Federal Institutes in Switzerland.
Current statistics and action plans will be presented concerning the UniGE (with focus on the Section of Physics) and other Swiss Universities and Federal Institutes, such as SNSF (including the NCCRs). Some actions will be discussed in detail, such as quotas in hiring and committees, dual and early career actions, and childcare and family support. The focus will be on identifying the most successful actions that really made a difference in the Science and in the Physics/Astronomy academic and research domain. Examples from other domains will be covered. M. Widmer will lead a discussion of the public and of a selected panel in the afternoon and conclusions will be drawn on possible proposals of new actions or reinforcing existing actions. The aim of the meeting is ultimately to inspire a number of durable actions beyond GENERA that could influence the local environment culture and academia to ultimately increase the number of women in Science.
The meeting will be attended by other GENERA members for other countries, given that the aim of GENERA is also to set up a collaborative network durable beyond the project itself.
The other topic of the meeting will be the connection of the university with schools. Programs connecting school and university will be discussed and also actions aimed at increasing them.
Though presentations at the meeting are aimed to the primary target of GENERA, employees in the RFO and RPO, a guided discussion session by experts will involve the younger interested audience, PhD and Postdocs. Some school professors will be invited.
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