What it is all about:
ORIGINS is setting up a mentoring programme for women!
To actively support gender equity at the Cluster we offer
Mentees: all female PhD students and Postdocs linked to ORIGINS (even if indirectly)
Mentors: Permanent staff scientists of the ORIGINS Cluster (see below)
Self-Management Course: "Life, particle physics, promotion, my family and me..."
The tension between "work-life balance", meaning the combination of career and leisure time, which creates a balance, puts many people to the test / to their limits - not only the people concerned themselves, but also the social environment involved. One often finds oneself in a complex system of structural constraints, institution-specific, personal / group-related interests, private demands / expectations, and in the hectic pace of everyday life often takes too little time and peace for introspection, to reflect, question and consciously shape one's own habits, behavior patterns, sunny and shadowy sides (especially in the current situation, which is not necessarily made easier by home office).
Therefore, the following topics were the focus of the training:
Self-management and self-leadership thrive on the willingness to self-reflect and the joy of trying things out. Methodically, the training is designed in such a way that exercises, exchange and input alternate and invite the participants to actively participate and shape the process.
We have put together a video of the ORIGINS women to mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11. The campaign aims to motivate girls and young women to get involved in science, since there are not that many women (yet) in mathematics, science, engineering and technology. Edited by a professional video editor, it turned into an entertaining three minutes that show what the ORIGINS women are all about: science, of course, and so much more! Have a look...
ORIGINS Vera Rubin Fellow Veró Errasti Díez celebrated the UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2023 in her hometown in Spain and gave a lecture Science is (also) a women's thing to over 100 high-school students.She discussed the women's under-representation in STEM research and elucidated the educational and professional path towards research (i.e. how does one become a researcher, regardless of topic?). Then, she debunked the popular misconceptions of lack of qualification and/or lack of interest by women for STEM research using data from the UNESCO Science Report 2022. In the end she debated with the students palliation techniques, including female presence in selection committees, institutional support for maternity and positive discrimination measures.