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Warwick Professor Selected to Represent UK at International Conference on Lack of Women in Sciences

Originally Published 25 February 2002

Professor Sandra Chapman from the University of Warwick’s Department of Physics is one of nine female UK scientists heading to Paris on 7-9 March 2002, to represent the UK at the International Conference on Women in Physics. 300 physicists from 65 countries will attend. The UK team will be led by Professor Gillian Gehring from Sheffield University.

Internationally, women are scarce in physics and in fields such as engineering, which require a strong physics background. Because physics is essential to economic growth in today’s high technology, global economy, the UK would benefit by having a lot more women in these fields.

The conference aims to understand why so few women go into physics and to develop strategies for increasing their participation and impact. Conference sessions will focus on:
  • Attracting girls into physics
  • Launching a successful physics career
  • Getting women into the physics power structure—nationally and internationally
  • Improving the institutional structure and climate for women in physics
  • Learning from differences among different world regions
  • Balancing family and career

The conference will convene at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) is organizing the conference, and more than 20 national and international agencies and organizations have become sponsors. Additional information is available at the conference web site:

For further information contact:

Professor Sandra Chapman,
Space and Astrophysics,
University of Warwick
Tel: 02476 523390
mobile 07740291984