Diversity in the Cultures of Physics

Summer School Sheffield/Manchester - Uppsala 2017

The summer school is a bilateral exchange programme for young physicists who are interested in starting a PhD within the next few years.


Application Deadline: March 31, 2017
Summer School: July 31- August 25, 2017
Sheffield: July 31 - August 4, 2017
Manchester: August 7 – August 11, 2017
Uppsala: August 14 - August 25, 2017

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A joint summer school "Diversity in the Cultures of Physics" will be held for young physicists at The University of Sheffield (UK), The University of Manchester (UK) and Uppsala University (Sweden). The aim is to facilitate the transition to a PhD and to open up transnational perspectives for a career in physics or a related subject.

The summer school is aimed at young physics students who:

  • are considering starting a PhD within the next few years
  • currently study physics or a degree including physics at The University of Sheffield, The University of Manchester or Uppsala University
  • have experience of being the underrepresented gender in the physics discipline
  • are interested in the political and social framework of physics
  • want to know more about how physics is shaped by gender and diversity

Aims of the Summer School

  • gain an insight into the variety of research fields of women physicists in Europe
  • establish contacts which may result in future collaborations and stays abroad while pursuing graduate work
  • get to know the professional networks in physics
  • learn about national and international equality oriented advancement programmes for young female scientists
  • become familiar with work place cultures of physics in actual cultural, political and everyday context
  • learn about equality politics at European universities and research institutions
  • learn about the role of gender and diversity in physics
  • recognize and explore the diversity in the cultures of physics

Program of the Summer School

The participants will spend 4 weeks together in Sheffield (1 week), Manchester (1 week) and in Uppsala (2 weeks).
In each country the courses offered will include the following events:

  • Lectures and visits to research groups in the Physics Department of the university
  • Visits to other research institutions and universities in the region
  • Contacts to equality-oriented institutions and activities at the universities and cooperating institutions as well as in the national associations and foundations,
  • Lectures and discussions on gender and science studies.

To gain an impression of the structure of the Summer School see the programme of the Berlin-Uppsala summer school 2016.

Information on how to apply can be found here.

Students participating in the school will receive a scholarship of €1045 as a contribution towards travel, accommodation and living costs.

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The creation of these resources has been (partially) funded by the ERASMUS+ grant program of the European Union under grant no. 2016-1-DE01-KA203-002918.
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