Women In Technology - Friday Links - 23rd April 2021

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Hello to all!


It’s Friday and that can only mean one thing, an assortment of Friday links for your weekend perusal!


Here are some questions to ponder:


How does artificial intelligence affect our freedoms? What sexist and racist biases does it carry? And can we, as individuals, respond to these attacks?

Watch Coded Bias on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/81328723?s=i&trkid=13747225

*featuring CERN Alumnus Sharada Mohanty!

Did Home Economics Empower Women?                      
For pioneers of the field, it was a gateway to the male-dominated world of science; for those it purported to help, it could be yet another domestic trap.

How can one enhance personal knowledge of equality, diversity, and inclusion?

By checking out the non-exhaustive list of online material and books on various aspects of equality, diversity and inclusion, courtesy of Loughborough University.
Including the very helpful: "How to say when it's not okay”:




More than one year into the global pandemic, what do you miss the most?


Friends and family and giving them a big hug?

Susannah Walker tells us about  “The science of hugging, and why we’re missing it so much during the pandemic”


Dining out?

Meet some of the top female, French chefs and sample some of their recipes:




Take a virtual journey to the Mosuo community in China’s Himalayan foothills. They are a matrilineal society, so a family’s ‘bloodline’, inheritance and power is passed down through the female side. There is no such thing as marriage and monogamy is actively discouraged. The women rule and the men don’t mind.



Feeling comfortable, even happy in a crowd?

Remember the days you could go out to a concert,  a club or a party and dance amongst a sweaty crowd of revelers?

Recreate those heady days in your own kitchen with a group of pioneering women DJs, producers, vocalists and remixers who were part of the New York underground dance scene from Disco onwards.




To take your mind off the pandemic, join us on Wed 5 May for a WIT talk with Maria Girone, CERN Openlab CTO where we will focus on ideas on how we can create a welcoming environment for women and minorities working in HEP (e.g. at any stage of their career) and how to attract more women to HEP, computing, and Big Data/AI world: what are the main issues and what we can do better and etc.

Register and more information here: https://indico.cern.ch/event/888494/



Apply now for the CERN-Fermilab “Hadron Collider Physics Summer Schools”

CERN and Fermilab are jointly offering a series of "Hadron Collider Physics Summer Schools". The school has alternated between CERN and Fermilab, and will be organised by CERN for the sixteenth edition, from 23 August to 4 September 2021.

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, this year's School will exceptionally take place online with Lectures and Discussion Sessions taking place via Zoom.


The CERN-Fermilab Hadron Collider Physics Summer School is an advanced school targeted particularly at young postdocs and senior PhD students working towards the completion of their thesis project,  in both experimental HEP and phenomenology. 


Calendar and Details

 Mark your calendar for 23 August – 4 September 2021. The School will include eleven days of lectures and discussions via Zoom. 

 The Scientific Programme, application procedure and more details are available at the web site: https://indico.cern.ch/event/1023573/ . 

 The deadline for applications is 15 May 2021.



Keep on persisting and have a great weekend!


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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