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Advertisement: Celebrating Woman’s Day at CERN and Fermilab

There is no physics content to this post – I just want to help advertise a special activity scheduled for Monday, March 8, 2010:

Logo: International Women's Day
At CERN, the major LHC experiments will be ‘manned’ entirely by female physicists, in recognition of the essential role they play in these collaborations. CERN is striving to improve the participation of women in their physics programme, and have made a press release to explain their Women’s Day initiative. They have a nice web page dedicated to this activity:

At Fermilab, the LHC Physics Center (LPC for short) will participate directly through their remote operations center. Fermilab Director Pier Oddone and Fermilab Deputy Director Young-Kee Kim will exchange greetings with CERN Director General Rolf Heuer, CERN Coordinator for External Relations Felicitas Pauss, and CMS Spokesperson Guido Tonelli via a video-link to the CMS Centre at CERN.

Fermilab has monthly meetings on the history of women in science, and will hold a special discussion on March 8th. For more information, see the women’s history web page. There is also a site dedicated to women in physics. Take a look!

The general web site for International Women’s Day is here.

Update (5-March): In connection to the CERN Women’s Day event, the INFN in Italy have put together a positively superb exhibition, which you can view on the web: here. Elisabetta Durante created this exhibition, and her work is supported by the Ministero Istruzione, UniversitĂ  e Ricerca in Italy, and by CERN.

Update (7-March): The CMS Collaboration (of which I am a member) are publishing this press release:


Women scientists, engineers and technicians have been and are taking
significant roles in every aspect of building, commissioning and running of the CMS detector as well as in extracting scientific results from our data. Today 588 women scientists work in CMS.

This is a fundamental progress in the field of scientific research that is well known within the international scientific community. We would like to take the occasion of the International Women’s Day to publicize it to the society at large and in particular to the young public.

This is why today, to highlight the wide range of key roles that women scientists play in CMS, all major functions that are needed to run our complex apparatus are covered by women scientists.


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