"Women in Physics"

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a Photoassay by Kate Shaw (ICTP) & Jack Owen

The number of women studying physics at undergraduate level in the Palestinian Territories outnumbers that of men, in stark contrast to what we see in the West. However, women faculty members are a tiny minority. The demands of societal norms, of gender bias across the international scientific community, in addition to the challenges of pursuing science in the developing world and under occupation, render a career in physics a major challenge for these women. However despite these obstacles social norms are beginning to change and an increasing number of women are embarking on careers in physics.

Through interviews and photo documentary the project aimed to capture the different aspects of the lives of 6 female master students and one female faculty member at Birzeit University, in order to highlight the challenges inherent in the pursuit of scientific research for women in the Palestinian Territories, and discuss their aspirations, both personal and in research.

  • Date: 22 July – 29 July 2015
  • Time: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Address: University of Vienna, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna
  • Place: AULA
  • Entrance free