14 Settembre 2017

Solvay 1927 - Trento 2017: women and physics

90 years after the famous photo of the Solvay conference was taken, depicting 28 men scientists and one single woman, Marie Skłodowska Curie, the University of Trento and the Italian Physical Society present a different point of view: a new picture showing 28 women physicists and one man. Significant progress was made since Marie Skłodowska Curie’s times to improve the representation and the careers of women in physics. Yet, a lot more can be done starting by giving women more visibility. That was one of the topics of the conference of the Italian Physical Society in Trento

The iconic picture became a symbol - and not only for the scientific community - representing the talent, vision and innovation capacity of physics. But it also became the image of a time in which women scientists were very rare. Except for Marie Skłodowska Curie, the only woman present, all other scientists depicted in the photo taken at the famous Solvay Conference in 1927 were men. That picture turns 90 this year and today, on the occasion of the 103rd conference of the Italian Physical Society, it was at the centre of a special celebration. A new picture was taken, with 28 women physicists and one single man physicist.
The purpose of the initiative was to give visibility to the women working in physics in Italy, and to raise awareness on the importance of female role models in scientific settings.
The picture was taken in the court of Polo Scientifico e Tecnologico Fabio Ferrari by Giovanni Cavulli on the initiative of the University of Trento and the Italian Physical Society (SIF). It marks the end of a session on the scientific careers of women that was part of the conference.
Attached is the picture taken today with the list of depicted physicists (the women and the man) and a short bio.
First row, from left: Cinzia Giannini, Anna Di Ciaccio, Guido Tonelli, Monica Colpi, Antigone Marino, Chiara La Tessa, Patrizia Cenci, Luisa Cifarelli, Beatrice Fraboni
Second row, from left: Simonetta Croci, Daniela Calvo, Lidia Strigari, Silvia Picozzi, Alessandra Gugliemetti, Alessandra Rotundi, Angela Bracco, Olivia Levrini, Speranza Falciano
Third row, from left: Elisa Molinari, Marina Cobal, Roberta Ramponi, Francesca Vidotto, Silvana Di Sabatino, Silvia Tavazzi, Nadia Robotti, Clementina Agodi, Edwige Pezzulli, Sara Pirrone, Marta Greselin
More information on the conference at the following link:
More data on women in science can be found here:\donne-scienza