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Art at BRIGHTON SCIENCE FESTIVAL: Women in Physics in the Palestinian Territories ** 21 Feb 2015 ** Brighton Media Centre, Brighton



Saturday 21 February, 9:30am – 5:00pm

Photoessay Exhibition by Kate Shaw & Jack Owen

In recent years female students have come to dominate the physics degree programs in the Palestinian Territories. However, women faculty members are a tiny minority. The demands of societal norms, of gender bias across the international scientific community, in addition to the challenges of pursuing science in the developing world and under occupation, render a career in physics a major challenge for these women. Despite these obstacles, social norms are changing and an increasing number of women are embarking on careers in physics.

This photoessay intends to highlight the challenges inherent in the pursuit of scientific research for women in the Palestinian Territories and the barriers already overcome. It will discuss their aspirations and provide critical insight into the complexity of gender, science and development in the Palestinian Territories.

Kate Shaw obtained her PhD from The University of Sheffield in 2010 in experimental particle physics, and up to present is a post-doctoral fellow at The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Italy, where she works on the ATLAS Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. @KateShawOnline

Jack Owen is a freelance photographer and works in international development. He obtained his MSc from Cranfield University in community water and sanitation in 2010 and currently works internationally in WASH projects and documentary photography, recently focusing on life stories of communities in Kenya.

The Exhibition runs 21 & 22 February from 9:30am – 5:00pm and is viewable throughout half-term to all workshop participants.

FREE. All ages.

Brighton Media Centre, 15-17 Middle Street, Brighton BN1 1AL


via Women in Physics in the Palestinian Territories – Brighton Science Festival.

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