Women In Technology - Friday Links - 01 October 2021

Hello everyone,

Our selection of links for this sunny Friday is here:


HR Public meeting

An HR public meeting was held this week raising pertinent topics.

  • Gender balance is an area to be looked at as part of CERN’s 5yr review. Compared to other STEMoriented organisations there is room for improvement on the percentage of women which is currently 21% overall, though actually on STEM related jobs ~9,5% 1.

The 25-by-25 project is now on the phase of assessing the D&I maturity of each Department and defining a customised fitness plan.

  • A focus on reporting and supporting respect in the workplace with new training modules and workshops is coming up.




Elastic: Best Tech Company for Women

For the second consecutive year, Elastic was recognized as a Best Company for Women by Fairygodboss.

Elastic focuses its recruiting efforts to attract and hire more women by partnering with hiring managers, building awareness through social media campaigns that showcase flexible working schedules and a supportive environment, and using specialized tools to create more compelling job descriptions and awareness around the impact of gendered language.




Upcoming Events

>> CERN Alumni Second Collisions

This weekend we celebrate the positive impact of CERN alumni on society in CERN Alumni Second Collisions, and you are all invited!

The event will bring together, as speakers, alumni, many of whom are women and are changing the face of space exploration, improving vaccine delivery, innovating the future of healthcare, and much more – all building on the skills honed during their time as part of the CERN community.



>> Early career researchers in Medical applications @ CERN

Discover how technological advances for high-energy physics have become essential tools for modern medicine.

This series of short talks is given by Early-Career Researchers working on projects related to diverse medical applications that arise from technology developed at CERN and in high-energy physics.

Oct 6th at 14h00: https://indico.cern.ch/e/ecrmanimms


>> Instagram Live

Join us on Thursday 7th at 17h00 for a live session on Instagram with Ana Ventura Barroso. Ana will show us DESY and the cleanroom where she tests silicon sensors with her team.



LHC Early Career Mentoring Program

Applications for the 2nd round of the LHC Early Career Mentoring Programme have just opened.

The goal of this program is to connect young scientists who are interested in a career in research with researchers who are established in the field. Each mentee-mentor relationship will have its own set of specific goals, as proposed by the mentee and agreed upon with the mentor.

The inaugural round of the scheme was highly successful, with near-unanimous satisfaction from both mentees and mentors. A large majority of mentee-mentor pairs even chose to continue their meetings after the scheme ended!




On empathy

>> The New Meaning Of CEO: Chief Empathy Officer

There have been discussions about whether empathy in a leader is nice-to-have or a strategic imperative. It turns out to be the latter.



>> Empathy vs Sympathy




Keep on persisting and have 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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