Women in Science at the HLF

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This year’s edition of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum will be accompanied by the exhibition Women in Mathematics, a collection of portraits that has been shown in several countries for the last 2 years. With this effort, the HLF is joining a very timely discussion, highlighting an issue that is out there and needs to be addressed by the scientific community. In 2017, in the previous edition of the HLF, several young participants asked to have time to discuss with the female senior scientists that were present. Attending this need, the HLF organized a Panel Discussion about Women in Science. In the room there were four renowned female scientists sharing their experiences, giving advice, and most importantly, listening to the young researchers’ stories. It was a unique atmosphere that day, that brought Jennifer Tour Chayes, Vicki Hanson, Ragni Piene and Lenore Blum, and a room full of eager female scientists together.




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is a mathematician and illustrator (under the pseudonym E. A. Casanova). She is currently a Lecturer at the CY Cergy Paris Universite, working in mathematical physics, at the interface of analysis and probability. She's responsible for the blog "The RAGE of the Blackboard", where she interviews female scientists and writes about life in academia. She's interested in comics, illustration, graphic recording and visual note-taking, and in applying all this in science communication. You can follow her on Twitter: @coni777


  1. Das Weib darf gerne auch (natur-)wissenschaftliche Spitzenleistungen erbringen, die dann prämiert werden, auch durch Nobel-Preise; insgesamt rät Dr. W allerdings von Segregation ab.

    MFG + schöne Mittwoche noch,
    Dr. Webbaer

  2. I was in the HLF 2017 discussion, and since had a deeper look into the problem of women in science. In my search, I found the event WeLead (Women Leaders in Artificial Intelligence, Engineering and Robotics), which will happen in November. I believe is interesting for this discussion and another effort to provide role models to women. What do you think?