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!

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

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  

Upcoming Events


Bar Night @ The Institute Bar: Wednesday 10th April 2024

Women in Technology Panel Event: Tuesday 27th February 2024

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

Women in Physics Student & Staff profiles:

Fern Pannell WIP

Group Coordinator: Fern Pannell

Hello, my name is Fern Pannell, and I am a PhD student in the High Energy Physics (HEP) group at UCL, and I also completed my 4-year MSci Physics degree here too! I am the coordinator of the Women in Physics group here at UCL.

Abbie Bray

Spotlight on Abbie Bray

Abbie C. Bray is a PhD student in Physics and Astronomy, former 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. 

Amelie Saintonge

Professor - Amelie Saintonge

My research programme is centered around the question of what regulates the growth and evolution of galaxies. In particular, I use radio telescope to make a census of the cold gas contents of large sample of galaxies; understanding when, where and how galaxies efficiently form stars out of gas is key in identifying the mechanism driving their evolution.


Veera Mikola

PhD 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. 

Maria Avramidou

Undergraduate 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!

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