From July 17 to 20, 2018, at the Institut quantique
Women physicists from across Canada will gather at Université de Sherbrooke in July
Sherbrooke, le 30 janvier 2018 – Recognized for their commitment to diversity in science, students from the physics department are given the task of organizing a meeting of national importance in physics. The 7th Women in Physics Canada (WIPC) Conference will be held in Sherbrooke from July 17 to 20, 2018.
This annual event brings together university students, professors, postdoctoral researchers and industry professionals. Participants from across the country will be able to attend scientific presentations highlighting the work of internationally renowned women researchers from Quebec, panel discussions on barriers to the advancement of women and minorities in the scientific professions as well as solutions to this problem, and professional skills development workshops.
“By making an active commitment to promoting scientific leadership and careers among young women, our physics students themselves are already role models and sources of inspiration for the entire university community, said Professor Jean-Pierre Perreault, Vice-Rector Research and Graduate Studies. Their enthusiasm, vision and exemplary determination will have the sparkle effect that we hope will be as broad as possible for the benefit of society, women and the scientific community. We fully support them."
Marie-Eve Boulanger, Maude Lizaire and Sophie Rochette, who are Institut quantique members and the organizers of the 2018 conference, are excited that their application was selected by the steering committee of this national conference. “We take advantage of every forum that is offered to us to stress that the contribution of women is necessary in scientific professions and that diversity is pertinent to the organizations that hire them. Hosting this event in Sherbrooke is the logical extension of our efforts, of which the most immediate goal is to create a climate conducive to the retention and success of female physics students.”
Professor Ève Langelier of the Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (Quebec), salutes the organizers' commitment. “This initiative goes beyond supporting greater female representation in physics; it also fosters increased inclusion of women physicists in their field so that they feel welcome. Equality is a value that is sought after in all sectors in 2018. Nevertheless, we must continue to highlight the significant benefits of diversity in terms of innovation, for instance. Congratulations to the conference organizers for their commitment and dedication—and good luck!”
Students of all genders are invited to attend the 2018 WIPC Conference. Registration begins March 20. http://womeninphysicscanada.ca
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Hugues Vincelette, Communications Advisor
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