Open to all: general public, staff, students, all genders.
The UCL Women in Physics group is proud to host Prof. Peter Main for a seminar talk that describes efforts to break down gender stereotypes in schools to encourage girls to pursue science careers.
Prof. Peter Main: The Land of the Blue and Pink
For many decades, people have been concerned with the relatively low proportion of girls taking A-level Physics. There have been literally dozens of initiatives, mostly outreach focused, with the overall effect of decreasing that proportion. I will describe analysis and research on the topic that shows that if you want to increase the number of girls choosing A-level Physics, traditional outreach is certain to fail and that the successful approach is to both increase the quality of the teaching and attack gender stereotyping across the whole school. Finally, I will describe a project, in which both King’s College and UCL are partners, which encourages schools to counter gender stereotyping.
Prof. Peter Main is the head of physics at Kings College London and conducts research in ultra-low temperature properties of quantum fluids and quantum transport properties of nanostructures. In 2012 he joined the Institute of Physics as their Director of Science and Education.
Details & Location
Talk: 1pm - 2pm (Lecture Theatre A1/3, TOP FLOOR of Physics & Astronomy Building)Refreshments: 2om - 3pm (Room A13, down the corridor from the lecture theatre)
Location is Lecture Theatre A1/3 in the Physics & Astronomy Department (TOP Floor). You can access the Physics department from Gower Street and through the main UCL Quad:
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