Initiatives of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics to Reduce the Gender Gap in Physics

  • Silvina Ponce DawsonEmail author
Part of the Association for Women in Mathematics Series book series (AWMS, volume 20)


The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) was established in 1922 with 13 member countries. Nowadays, the physics communities of 54 countries are represented at the union. The IUPAP is governed by its General Assembly (GA) which meets triennially. Its top executive body is the Council which supervises the activities of commissions that are organized around physics sub-fields and of temporary working groups that are meant to solve specific problems. The 1999 IUPAP GA approved the creation of the Working Group on Women in Physics to survey the situation of women physicist and to suggest measures to improve it. The Working Group has performed a variety of actions to fulfill its mandate. Based on its recommendations, the IUPAP has taken a series of actions to reduce the gender gap and increase diversity and inclusion in physics. In this paper I briefly describe some of these actions.



I thank Marie-Francoise Roy for the invitation to be part of the panel “The Gender Gap in Mathematical and Natural Sciences from a Historical Perspective” which took place during that International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August, 2018. My participation on this panel was possible thanks to the financial support of the project entitled “A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Science” and the CWM. Further support from UBA (UBACyT 20020170100482BA) and ANPCyT (PICT 2015–3824) is also acknowledged.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de FísicaFCEN-UBA, Ciudad UniversitariaBuenos AiresArgentina
  2. 2.IFIBACONICET-UBA, Ciudad UniversitariaBuenos AiresArgentina

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