Berlin - Barcelona Summer School 2017

The summer school is an annual bilateral exchange program for young female physicists who aspire for a PhD. In 2017 the summer school was organized in Barcelona and Berlin.


Summer School:     July 17 - August 11, 2017

Barcelona:                July 17 - July 29, 2017  
Berlin:                      July 30 - August 11, 2017

A joint summer school "Diversity in the Cultures of Physics" was held for young female physicists at Universitat de Barcelona, Universität Autònoma de Barcelona and at Freie Universität Berlin. The aim was to facilitate the transition from master to PhD and to open up transnational perspectives for a career in physics.

The summer school wa saimed at young female physics students who:

  • are enrolled in a master's program or at the beginning of their PhD
  • studyat Universitat de Barcelona, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona or Freie Universität Berlin
  • are interested in the political and social framework of doing physics
  • want to know more about how physics is shaped by gender and diversity

Aims of the Summer School

  • gain an insight into the variety of research fields of women physicists in Europe
  • establish contacts which may result in future collaborations and stays abroad while pursuing their graduate work
  • get to know the professional networks in physics
  • learn about national and international equality oriented advancement programs for young female scientists
  • become familiar with work place cultures of physics in actual cultural, political and everyday context
  • learn about equality politics at European universities and research institutions
  • learn about the role of gender and diversity in physics
  • Recognize and explore the diversity in the cultures of physics

Program of the Summer School

The participants spent four weeks together in Barcelona (two weeks) and in Berlin (two weeks).
In each country the courses offered included the following events:

  • Lectures and visits to research groups in the Physics Department of the university
  • Visits to other research institutions and universities in the region
  • Contacts to equality-oriented institutions and activities at the universities and cooperating institutions as well as in the national associations and foundations,
  • Lectures and discussions on gender & science studies.

The course plan of the summer school can be found here.

Informations about the summer school 2018 can be found here.

The summer school is part of the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership 'Diversity in the Cultures of Physics' between Freie Universität Berlin, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Universitat de Barcelona, Uppsala Universitet, The University of Manchester, and the University of Sheffield