Only the Speed of Light limits You? – Discrimination and its impact on the academic field of physics

Thomas Brage: Gender and Physics
Tuesday, 18th of May, 16.00 CEST

Sherard Robbins: Racism and Physics
Tuesday, 15th of June, 17.00 CEST

Links to participate

Everyone who is good enough in physics can work in the academic field, no matter what their identity is besides that, right? We do not have any issues with discrimination, or do we? Is our study and work environment really benefiting everyone equally? Or are people marginalized here as well – and if so, what is going on? And what can we do about it?

The Department of Physics, BCGS, ML4Q Cluster, SFB 1238, SFB 1310, TR 183, and the Fachschaft want to learn more about these questions and hear about different kinds of discrimination and their role in the academic field of physics. For this, there will be talks by experts in this area:

The first talk will be given by Prof. Tomas Brage on 18th of May at 16.00 CEST. He has a very successful career in physics and is currently a physics professor at the Division of Mathematical Physics of the Department of Physics at Lund University. Besides all his publications in this field, he also does research concerning „Gender and Physics“. He will inform us about numbers, bias, and stereotypes regarding gender, and their influence on physics. After his talk, we can also ask questions and dicsuss the topic.

The second event, on 15th of June at 17.00 CEST, will be with Sherard Robbins, a development consultant, author, and CEO of Visceral Change. He will address the topic of „Racism and Physics“ and present us some background information and numbers about it. There will also be space for discussions: How does it affect our work environment and what can we do about it?

And then? Well, that depends on you! What topics would you be interested in next? And are you interested in this kind of events at all? Please fill out the our survey, no matter what your answer on the latter question is, so we can organize events that actually are interesting to you.

We cordially invite all interested students and faculty and hope for lively discussions.

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