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Vol. 25 No. 3
May - June 2003

The Project Place | Information about new, current, and complete IUPAC projects and related initiatives
See also www.iupac.org/projects

Women in Physics and Physical Science Network in Africa


. . . a recurring theme was the isolation that many women in physics suffer, and no where did this seem more severe than in African countries..


In IUPAP, the so-called Working Group on Women in Physics is mandated to survey the situation for women in physics and suggest ways to improve it. At a conference held by that group in March 2002, a recurring theme was the isolation that many women in physics suffer, and no where did this seem more severe than in African countries. For that reason, it was decided to establish a network of these women. Because these are so few women in physics in Africa, the network will be broad to encompass physical science and mathematics.

The initiation of such a network will serve the following objectives:

  • to generate links between women in different research groups within Africa
  • to encourage more girls to study physics and physical science
  • to strengthen research efforts and training opportunities of young women physicists
  • to promote the recognition of the scientific achievements of senior women physicists within Africa and the international community
  • to increase the scientific productivity and efficiency of women physicists

Specific programs will be developed to achieve these objectives. IUPAC supported this ICSU application prepared by IUPAP. In co-supporting this grant application from IUPAP to ICSU, IUPAC proposed to actively participate by contributing their contact in the chemistry community in Africa. IUPAC has had a long-standing interest in the state of chemistry in particular and the physical sciences in general in Africa, and currently a number of scientists from Africa are associated in various ways with IUPAC, and wish to contribute to the successful implementation of this project.

For more information, contact Dr. Judy Franz <franz@aps.org>, secretary general of IUPAP.

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