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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The EDI working group works to address imbalances in the European quantum community.

Despite the progress that has been made in getting women into science at the university level, there remains a challenge to ensure the promotion of women to senior positions, increase their representation as conference presenters, chairs, and, in general, their equal treatment. Many countries, institutions and national research initiatives have developed programmes to help support women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), areas which have a good overlap with the diverse fields involved in Quantum Technologies. In industry, we see similar challenges.

We will create a database of key actors and interested parties, as well as a collection of best practices, which can help raise awareness and develop a coherent and efficient strategy for the realisation of gender equality in Quantum Technologies. This would also provide a go-to resource to facilitate increased participation of women in conferences and workshops.

We aim to facilitate the development of a network of women in Quantum Technologies, as well as establishing connections to gender equality programmes being run, or under development, throughout Europe. We will start feasibility studies on initiatives that could be adopted and incorporated by the whole Quantum Technologies community. For example: the development of unconscious bias training and support; promotion of a Women in Quantum Technologies network; mentoring programmes, and gender awareness ambassadors to give talks and information about gender inequality in scientific meetings. We will also initiate a charter for gender equality at conferences pledging to monitor and report on gender statistics at conferences, and in conjunction with the event coordination activities, ensure that women are well represented at Quantum Flagship events.

Work Group Members

Name Affiliation Country email adress
Roberta Zambrini CSIC Spain
Irene D’Amico University of York UK
Lydia Sanmartí-Vila ICFO Spain
Rob Thew University of Geneva Switzerland
Oxana Mishina CNR-IOM c/o SISSA Germany
Sara Rodríquez Villalgordo BBVA Spain
Araceli Venegas-Gomez QUERCA UK
Klaus Jöns Paderborn University Germany
Géraldine Haack University of Geneva Switzerland
Christiane Koch University of Kassel Germany
Laure Le Bars SAP Technology & Innovation France
Ruth Oulton University of Bristol UK
Iuliana Radu IMEC Belgium
Chiara Macchiavello University of Pavia Italy
Paola Verrucchi University of Florence Italy
Stephanie Wehner Technical University Delft Netherlands
John van de Wetering Radboud University Netherlands
Guido Pupillo University of Strasbourg France