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Who Cares about Particle Physics?Making Sense of the Higgs Boson, the Large Hadron Collider and CERN$
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Pauline Gagnon

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198783244

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783244.001.0001

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Diversity in Physics

Diversity in Physics

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(p.195) 9 Diversity in Physics
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Who Cares about Particle Physics?
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Pauline Gagnon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783244.003.0009

More women now undertake careers in physics than ever, but still only 17.5% of the scientists sent by universities and institutes worldwide to conduct research at CERN are female. Why is this so, and how could the situation be improved? Easily applicable changes are proposed to attract and retain not only women but also a broader diversity of people in science, since women are not the only underrepresented group in the field. Science has everything to gain by being more inclusive in terms of gender, race, sexual orientation, religion and physical ability since diversity brings more creativity, which is essential to science. Owing to its position as a scientific and international leader, CERN has the ability and a moral obligation to set an example at every level.

Keywords:   diversity, women in science, gender, race, sexual orientation, LGBT, physical ability, nationality, creativity, multinational collaboration

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