EWASS 2014 : European Week of Astronomy and Space Science
30 June – 4 July 2014, Geneva, Switzerland
Special Meeting SM2 2 July 2014

Myths and facts about women in astronomy

News: "She astronomer" will be featured as part of the poster session.
Session 1: DATA related to women in academia.
Session 2: PROGRAMATICS towards getting more women into academia.

Aims and scope

Gathering statistics over a period of many years is very important to disentangle myths and facts about why most countries have a lower percentage of proffesional women within astronomy and academia than expected according to the numbers of women holding a PhD or equivalent. It seems that the Gender Advantage is always in favor of men. Gathering statistics helps us, as scientists, understand the situation and make attempts to improve it. We will dedicate this session to a presentation of statistics on gender within different areas of astronomy and a presentation of different programatics within academia aimed at closing the current gender gab.


Topic 1: DATA on women in astronomy

14:00-14:30: Dave Charbonneau (Harvard) - The 2013 CSWA Demographics Survey of Astronomers in the United States.
14.30-14.50: Sara Lucatello (INAF) -The SDSS-IV Committee for Women Participation in Sloan.
14.50-15.10: Irina Vavllova (NAS Ukraine) - Women in Astronomy in Ukraine: Role, Statictics and Demography monitoring, Personalities, Perspectives

Poster Session with Coffee.

Topic 2: Programmatics towards getting more women into academia

16.00-16.30: Peter Munk Christiansen (Danish Research Council) - The Danish Paradox: Gender inequality in Danish Research Policy.
16.30-17.00: Eva Grebel (Heidelberg) - Women in Sonderforschungsbereich
17.00-17.30: Johanna Andersson and Kristina Kvarnevi (Chalmers) - Mentoring and recruiting at Universities.

>> See the full programme of SM2 Talks / Posters

Invited speakers

Dave Charbonneau (Harvard University, USA)
Sara Lucatello (INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Italy)
Irina Vavllova (ASICC, MAO NAS of Ukraine)
Peter Munk Christiansen (Head of the Danish Research Council, Denmark)
Eva Grebel (Zentrum fur Astronomie der Universitat Heidelberg, Germany)
Johanna Andersson (Chalmers University, Sweden)
Kristina Kvarnevi (Chalmers University, Sweden)

Scientific organizers

  • Anja C. Andersen, Dark Cosmology Centre, University of Copenhagen, Juliane Maries Vej 30, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Anne Dutrey, ERA, OASU, L3AB, 2 rue de l'Observatoire, F-33270 Floirac, France.
  • Mary Kontizas, Section of Astrophysics, Astronomy & Mechanics, Physics Department, University of Athens, Panepistimiopolis, Zografos, GR-15783, Athens, Greece.
  • Kirsten Kraiberg Knudsen, Earth and Space Sciences, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-41296 Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • Birgitta Nordstrom, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Juliane Maries Vej 30, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Darach Watson, Dark Cosmology Centre, University of Copenhagen, Juliane Maries Vej 30, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Contact

    Anja C. Andersen, anja @ dark-cosmology.dk
    Anne Dutrey, anne.dutrey @ obs.u-bordeaux1.fr
    Mary Kontizas, mkontiza @ phys.uoa.gr
    Kirsten Kraiberg Knudsen, kraiberg @ chalmers.se
    Birgitta Nordstrom, birgitta @ nbi.ku.dk
    Darach Watson, darach @ dark-cosmology.dk

    Updated on Sun Jun 15 22:29:31 CEST 2014