Balance at CERN

A petition

As the host of the world’s most powerful particle collider, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is currently humanity’s primary laboratory capable of furthering our understanding of the fundamental laws and constituents of Nature. Given its central position in High Energy Physics (HEP), we appreciate its good intentions to “discuss issues of gender and equal opportunities” through the organization of the recent 1st Workshop on High Energy Theory and Gender.

We are writing to strongly urge CERN to invite to future High Energy Theory and Gender Workshops — as many as logistically possible — external experts on gender-differences and on the representation of women in scientific research disciplines. There is a large body of work behind both subjects, and the presence of external experts would help physicists more accurately understand the status of the relevant scientific literature. Furthermore, the opening of such physics-and-gender conferences to external experts would help maintain a certain impartiality that lies at the core of the scientific spirit.

We would like to suggest that such future workshops include a couple of overview talks on gender differences and on female representation in STEM fields; moreover, we strongly advocate Professor Lee Jussim’s recommendation, that a panel discussion involving these external scientists be held. To this end, may we offer this pool of candidates, arranged in alphabetical order, for CERN to choose from.

Balance at CERN

As the host of the world’s most powerful particle collider, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is currently humanity’s primary laboratory capable of furthering our understanding of the fundamental laws and constituents of Nature. Given its central position in High Energy Physics (HEP), we appreciate its good intentions to “discuss issues of gender and equal opportunities” through the organization of the recent 1st Workshop on High Energy Theory and Gender.

We are writing to strongly urge CERN to invite to future High Energy Theory and Gender Workshops — as many as logistically possible — externalexperts on gender-differences and on the representation of women in scientific research disciplines. There is a large body of work behind both subjects, and the presence of external experts would help physicists more accurately understand the status of the relevant scientific literature. Furthermore, the opening of such physics-and-gender conferences to external experts would help maintain a certain impartiality that lies at the core of the scientific spirit.

We would like to suggest that such future workshops include a couple of overview talks on gender differences and on female representation in STEM fields; moreover, we strongly advocate Professor Lee Jussim’s recommendation, that a panel discussion involving these external scientists be held.

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Lead authors
@ForStrumia; Anonymous author of Justice for Strumia, a rebuttal to the Particles for Justice letter.
Liberté Académique; @AcadFreedom
Tom Todd; Primary author of this petition to re-instate Professor Strumia.
Yi-Zen Chu; Associate Professor, Department of Physics, National Central University, Taiwan.


Panel candidates

The following scientists have expressed to us their interest in participating in any future event dedicated to discussing issues relating to gender in STEM.

  • Andrei Cimpian – Associate Professor of Psychology, New York University
  • Amanda Diekman   –   Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Alice Eagly    –   Professor, Dept of Psychology, Northwestern University
  • David C. Geary     –   Curators’ Professor Department of Psychological Sciences University of Missouri
  • Heather Heying    –   Professor-in-Exile, Evolutionary Biologist
  • Melissa Hines    –   Professor, Department of Psychology, Cambridge University
  • Janet Hyde    –   Evjue-Bascom Professor and Helen Thompson Woolley Professor of Psychology and Gender & Women’s Studies and Associate Chair for Alumni Relations, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Lee Jussim    –   Distinguished Professor, Psychology Department, Rutgers University
  • Shulamit Kahn  –   Associate Professor, Boston University Questrom School of Business; “… expert on women and STEM
  • Corinne Moss-Racusin   –   Associate Professor, Psychology Department, Skidmore College
  • Mary Murphy    –  Wells Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University
  • Gad Saad    –   Professor, Marketing, Concordia University; Research Chair in Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences and Darwinian Consumption 2008-2018
  • Toni Schmader    –   Professor and Canada Research Chair in Social Psychology, University of British Columbia. Director of the Engendering Success in STEM Consortium.
  • Bret Weinstein    –   Professor-in-Exile, Evolutionary theorist