Female researchers account for less than 30% of all researchers, according to UNESCO and UN-WOMEN (UNESCO, 2019). This figure is even lower in most countries, particularly in physics. As a result, there is a significant gender gap in physics globally. Many factors contribute to the low number of female physicists, including a lack of access to education, poverty, social and cultural factors and lack of female role models and mentors. This lack of female physicists means we are letting go of a huge potential of scientific progress. To attain UN Sustainable Development Goals, Pakistan needs to empower its female population.
With this motivation, we arranged a 2 day virtual physics camp for girls in grades 9 to 12 in Pakistan to motivate girls to pursue STEM fields for their bachelor degree.
Yumna is a space educator and aspiring astronaut. She has been working to promote astronomy and space technology in Pakistan since 2016. She has recently been awarded Diana Award for her outreach activities.
Wardah is a doctoral candidate at LUMS. She is affiliated with SPIE LUMS Chapter to do outreach activities related to optical sciences in Pakistan.
Mahnoor Fatima is an electrical engineering graduate from UET Lahore and is currently working as a content engineer at Educative, an EdTech platform. Being passionate about science popularisation in Pakistan, she is actively involved in science editing, STEM outreach, and science writing, and is currently serving as the Managing Editor of Spectra Magazine.
Sadia did her bachelors in applied physics at NED University in 2018. She worked for two years at The Citizens foundation initially as the trainer for Physics and Mathematics and then as the Training Qualit Lead of the training department. currently she is doing MS in Physics at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
Minahil did her undergraduate in Physics from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore. She also holds as masters diploma from Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (AS-ICTP), Italy. She is currently pursuing her higher education, in Physics, at Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA), Italy.
Aroosa is a graduate researcher at the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence and the University of Waterloo. In the past, she has worked as a Quantum machine learning scientist at Xanadu. During her education, she specialized in quantum information and conducted research on various systems for quantum computing such as color centers in diamond, quantum dots, and two-dimensional topological superconductors.
I have completed my M.Sc in Physics from University of Karachi in 2018. Recently, I am enrolled as a MS student of Physics in NED University of Engineering and Technology.
I am a Physics graduate from University of Karachi. Pursuing Mphil and working as a teaching assistant in Department of Physics.
Graduated in Physics from University of Karachi, now pursuing traineeship in Medical Physics from Aga Khan University Hospital.
I did my Bachelors in applied physics graduate from the NED university , currently enrolled in MPhil at University of Karachi. I am actively working as a science communicator and a visiting faculty at department of physics.
I'm Currently enrolled in MSc Physics in University of karachi. I'm also a self taught artist and Calligrapher and have won several art and calligraphy competitions.
I am a Physics graduate from University of Karachi, Pakistan. Currently working as a lecturer at Sir Adamjee Institute.
All male members decided to not include their names in the event to show solidarity with female researchers who have not received recognition for their work in the past. (If you are still interested to see the male members, visit this link)
Department of Physics, University of Regina
Institute of Physics in Cantabria, Spain
Spanish Royal Physics Society, Spain
High Energy Physics Group, Simon Fraser University
OSA & SPIE student chapter, University of Ottawa
European Southern Observatory
ATLAS Experiment at CERN
CMS Experiment at CERN