UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy


UCL Women in Physics

We are a group of passionate people whose aim is to support people from all intersectionalities. We look to inspire and motivate female and other minority researchers in the Physics & Astronomy Department at University College London. The group is open to all genders!

Women in Physics group logo - credit Dr Alissa Silva
(Women in Physics Group logo courtesy of Dr Alissa Silva)

The UCL Women in Physics group began in 2006 and has run continuously since 2014, and is currently led by PhD student Abbie Bray.

What do we do?

We hold a range of events to widen our community and represent and celebrate women in physics!  These events include*: 

Panel Discussions on gender and other diversity topics  

  • External/Guest Speakers
  • Supporting Inaugural Lectures
  • Wikithons 
  • Twitter Takeovers!
  • Lunches
  • And many more! 

*Not all events are open to undergraduates/pre-university students  

Event Archive

26 March 2021 - Susan Pyne - Lives in and out of physics

Register for this talk on Zoom

Catch up on our previous events by following us on the UCL Women in Physics Group Youtube channel

Women in Physics Student & Staff profiles:

Abbie Bray

Spotlight on Abbie Bray

Abbie C. Bray is a PhD student in Physics and Astronomy, Lead Co-Ordinator of the UCL Women in Physics (WiP) Group and Co–Organiser of the Atto Fridays Seminar Series. Abbie's PhD is on Strong Field physics, in particular Attosecond science, and she is a theoretician. 

Maria Avramidou

Student - Maria Avramidou

Being part of UCL is a unique experience which I would gladly recommend to any aspiring female physicist who wishes for the best quality of education and a fantastic social life adventure allowing you to expand your horizons and create relationships that will last!

Veera Mikola

Student - Veera Mikola

I work on two experiments: DUNE (Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment) and NoVA (Numi Off-Axis νe Appearance). Nova is a currently running neutrino oscillation experiment, whereas DUNE is a future experiment currently being built, and will use new technologies (namely liquid argon TPCs) in its detectors. 

Amelie Saintonge

Professor - Amelie Saintonge

For my research, I use radio-telescope to gather information about gas in galaxies, to understand how they can form new generations of stars, grow and evolve.  In other words, I’m trying to understand how the Universe today comes to have such a wide range of galaxies, when it started as barely more than a hot soup after the Big Bang! 

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