Institute for the Physics of Living Systems


IPLS Discussion Evening- 'Through the role of women in scientific environments'

24 April 2018, 6:30 pm


Event Information

Open to



The Orchard Room, upstairs in The Green Man (36 Riding House Street, W1W 7EP).

The aim of this bi-monthly event is to discuss together our practice of science, especially of interdisciplinary, in the warm atmosphere of a pub. Each session addresses a theme. A round of free drinks will be provided.

By essence, because of the various backgrounds and cultures of the actors (physicists/biologists, theorists/experimentalists, for example) interdisciplinary work comprises some misunderstanding. Though it is part of the exciting bit of it, this can sometimes create frustrations and failures. The objective of this discussion club is to explore together the roots of our disciplines and debate our everyday experience in order to better understand each other and the meaning of our work.

Abstract of this session

The contribution of women in scientific areas dates back to the Hellenistic époque. However, the fact of considering women as part of multidisciplinary environments, equally considered as men is still a question under debate in different cultures and social atmospheres. From Hypatia, passing by the DNA double helix structure, the nuclear fission or the origins of the current well-known e-book, the role of women has been unquestionably significant. Although their visibility in these atmospheres has always been underestimated and enlightened in men's figures, during the last few years, emerging efforts to change this situation are slightly becoming  to be tangible.

Here, we would like to discuss whether these changes are realistic, how they would affect society, the reasons why this is happening now and how academic members can help to change it.

If you have any questions please contact Jonathan Fouchard (j.fouchard@ucl.ac.uk).