Gender Lunch Talk: Gender and Diversity in the Natural Sciences
Thursday, 28 January 2021, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Martina Erlemann, Institut für Physik, FU Berlin
The higher ranks of many of the natural sciences are largely dominated by white, male people from educated social backgrounds. The extent to which the reasons for this are anchored in the natural sciences themselves is being researched in the field of academic culture studies, which is a part of gender studies for STEM. Academic cultures are marked by complex structures of routines, mindsets, implicit rules and rituals, which establish belonging to an academic community and are experienced and perceived as self-evident.
Relevant studies in academic culture research show that it’s more difficult for women*, people of color or people from less educated social backgrounds to build successful careers in STEM fields. This lunch talk will present the approach of academic culture and its applicability using completed and running research projects on the academic culture of physics in teaching and research.