Petra Rudolf

Petra Rudolf Virtual Seminar 30 October

27 Oct 2020

ICTP-EAIFFR is pleased to announce an online lecture by Petra Rudolf of the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, University of Groningen,  on "How to Keep Women (and Men) in Science".

The talk, which is co-organized by the Rwandan Association for Women in Science and Engineering, takes place 30 October from 13:00 to 14:00 (GMT+2). 

Attendees must pre-register at

The link to join the meeting will be sent a few days prior to the seminar. For more information, contact


The EU report on Women in Science identifies different risks which can result in the drop out of women from academic life at different career stages: at the beginning (PhD phase) it is mainly the lack of support from the supervisor, in the postdoc phase the problem of reconciling career and motherhood is most acute, then the risk shifts to lack of career expectations and even at the associate/full professor level there remains a risk due to isolation and exclusion. I shall discuss these issues based on studies from Europe, the U.S.A. and Japan. Based on the trends that emerge from these studies, I shall also suggest some measures to be taken to ensure that women stay in science. From this it will be obvious that all measures which favor women in science are good for men as well.