7 February 2024
Panel debate: Where are all the women in Big Science?
Moderator Frida Tibblin Citron (Big Science Sweden). Photos: Charlotte Carlberg-Bärg
There is broad consensus that gender equality stimulates development and introduces new perspectives, but progress in this area is slow.
We need more women in Big Science (and in many other areas) in order to make better decisions, to avoid missing out on important expertise, and to create gender-equal work environments that promote creativity and innovation.
Anne-Charlotte Joubert (ESS), Frida Tibblin Citron (Big Science Sweden), Barbro Åsman (Stockholm University/CERN), and Tomas Brage (Lund University).
Pick up the pace on removing barriers
In our lunch debate, Anne-Charlotte Joubert (ESS), Tomas Brage (Lund University) and Barbro Åsman (Stockholm University/CERN) shared their knowledge and experiences of the gender imbalance, bringing different perspectives to the discussion.
It is high time to pick up the pace on breaking the mould. Every day, we are missing out on important specialist expertise and new perspectives. Many of the barriers are invisible. An unconscious bias is common, for example in recruitment. This outdated culture must be changed, and we need to highlight the consequences to increase engagement.
Want to get involved? There are several networks working with this issue - Women in Tech, Women in Big Science, Genera, Nordic Network for Diversity.
The panel debate was an agenda item at the Swedish Big Science Forum, 31/1 -1/2 2024, and was also open to the public.