Cost Action Nanoscale Quantum Optics

As we know, there is a lack of women in the physical sciences. In the UK just 17 per cent of physics lecturers are women, recognising this, the COST Action set out to redress the imbalance. This includes monitoring gender-related participation in the Action and gathering data from COST members’ institutions.

Prof Irene D’Amico, a member of the Gender Equality College, was Vice Chair of the COST Action Nanoscale Quantum Optics, focusing on quantum science & technology, nanoscale optics & photonics, and materials science.

Irene has kindly shared the the material developed by the COST Action, , which contains some of the talks, articles, surveys, and various analyses, including elaborating a set of principles that define a woman-friendly environment. You can access the resources here.

Harvard’s Implicit Bias test

In recent times there has been greater recognition of implicit bias/unconscious bias. If you haven’t tried it before, it’s worth having a go at Harvard’s Implicit Association Test which rates individual bias regarding gender, weight, race and many other topics.

GCRF update response to COVID-19

Dr Mel Knight, a founder member of the Gender College, has created an update on the current situation, providing some helpful information with her GCRF Update Response to Covid 19

Book: The Gender-Sensitive University – A Contradiction in Terms?

Available to download for free this book by Taylor and Francis proposes that the concept of a gender-sensitive university requires re-envisioning academia with new forms of leadership fundamental to reforming our institutions.

United Nations initiatives and events

Women Rise for All – initiative for women leaders to unite for positive post COVID outcomes. You can view the recent July 2020 event here. The first global event addressed by the President of Switzerland, the Prime Minister of Barbados, and Africa’s first elected female president, the former President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The keynote address was delivered by Sustainable Development Goals Advocate Graça Machel.

The UN General Assembly event on Empowering Women and Girls

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Review of Approaches to Gender Equality Report on The EU and Gender Equality

SDG Knowledge Hub Article on COVID-19 and Women's Voices

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Each month, starting in September, members of the Gender Equality College will meet online for 30 minutes to discuss a topic which could be relevant to future research proposals.

The aim of the Coffee Topics will be to network and highlight academics and/or resources who could be ready at short notice for any future research funding applications.

For more information on which topics will be discussed visit the Coffee Topic page.

If you would like to join the Coffee Topic network please email