Our selection of links for the weekend is here:


>> A highly anticipated event


Thursday 3 Dec 2020, 18:00: Our Galactic Centre: A Unique Laboratory for the Physics & Astrophysics of Black Holes

Prof. Andrea Ghez, Nobel Prize 2020, will talk about supermassive black holes at the Galactic centers which have gone from a possibility to a certainty, thanks to measurements of individual stellar orbits.



Check out here Prof. Andrea Ghez and her genuine reaction to winning the prestigious honour:




>> Actions from the top


Because nothing is done voluntarily and we need guidelines to move forward: Germany agrees ‘historic’ mandatory boardroom quota for women.

This one breakthrough is historic. We are putting an end to women-free boardrooms in large companies. We are setting an example for a sustainable, modern society. We are exploiting all of our country’s potential so that the best in mixed teams can be more successful. Because nothing is done voluntarily and we need guidelines to move forward.”



'It'll upset a few fellows': A British astrophysicist who made one of the most significant scientific discoveries of the 20th century but was overlooked by the Nobel prize committee has joined the male-dominated portrait collection of the Royal Society. Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell was a 24-year-old graduate student when in 1967 she discovered a new type of star later called a pulsar. It was a sensational find, recognised with the Nobel prize for physics in 1974 that went not to her, but to her male PhD supervisor.



How Ruthe Farmer, former White House Advisor, has committed her life to equal opportunity in tech.

We live in an engineered world that is largely designed by less than 25% of the population. It’s largely designed by white men or Asian men. Women, people of color, and people with disabilities are pretty much left out. 




>> And from the grassroots


BBC’s 100 women for 2020

To the women of the world, I say: do not stop. The social revolution that began in the last century will not halt. We will see changes clearly reflected throughout our public and private lives. - Claudia López, Mayor



Catalysts For Change: 18 Women Who Used Technology To Amplify Movements




>> Elimination of Violence against Women


This Wednesday was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the statistics are shocking, even in Switzerland:

  • Six women are killed every hour by men around the world, most by men in their own family or their partners.



  • Si une femme sur cinq subit des actes sexuels contre son gré en Suisse, seulement 8% d’entre elles portent plainte.

Des chiffres révélateurs d’un système judiciaire qui ne protège pas suffisamment les victimes de violences sexuelles?



The Pizza Tower was lit in red for the day.


And reading the articles I remembered this piece from a Tate exhibit by Jenny Holzer on the presence of another girl around:




>> Your input on diversity, inclusion and work culture


The Diversity&Inclusion Office is inviting us to take part in this short survey on diversity, inclusion and work culture put together by Euroscience:

Estimated completion time is 10-15 minutes:




>> Human rights week


Sexisme, mécanismes reliés & implications : Quelles sont les causes et conséquences du sexisme ?



Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

Eva on behalf of the WIT steering committee.


About the Women in Technology (WIT) Community: The aim of this community is to provide an environment in which women are not in the minority when interacting with technology.

Our objectives are: to encourage women to play the role of expert; to provide a supportive learning environment; and to build a network between the Women in Technology here at CERN.

WIT welcomes members from all genders and all technical fields. Visit cern.ch/wit


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