The main goals EDI-WACQT are to
- Promote an inclusive working environment in WACQT
- Support the career of scientists who are traditionally discriminated against within academia
Its current setup is an expansion of the original initiative, Women in WACQT, which aimed to primarily support the career of women and gender non-conforming scientists in the WACQT community.
Examples of the actions undertaken by EDI-WACQT are a panel discussion on career paths in science, organised at the WACQT summer school in 2019, and a mentorship program for women in quantum technology together with WiSE, supported by Genie.
Read about the mentorship program in Ny teknik (in Swedish).
Why are EDI initiatives important?
Despite the progress that has been made towards the inclusion and equal treatment of underrepresented groups in universities and in science, our social environment adversely affects their participation. Unconscious biases in everybody's behaviour, e.g. in relation to race, disability and gender, still persist and hinder equality. It continues to be a challenge to ensure fair opportunities for people that have been traditionally marginalised, which can, for example, stem from their under-representation in leading roles, senior positions, or keynote conference presenters.
Further reading on unconscious biases:
- Project Implicit: information about unconscious bias and tests to evaluate your own implicit associations
Recent statistics on gender balance in universities from:
How to contact us and how to report an incident
Here you will find, for each of the WACQT universities, the local representatives of EDI-WACQT, links to other local networks promoting equality, diversity and inclusion, and who to contact if you are experiencing harassment or other discrimination.
University security, on-call staff: +46 46 222 07 00.
You can also contact the head of your division, alternatively, if the issue should be related to this person, you can report directly to the Vice-Chancellor of the university.
Other networks and initiatives at Lund University:
Join workshops, lunch seminars and yearly networking conferences at Lund University.
KHT Equality Office
Gender equality, diversity and equal conditions.
Other networks and initiatives at SU:
Physics and Diversity
Monthly seminar at AlbaNova universitetscentrum in Stockholm.
Chalmers University of technology
Genie - Gender Initiative for Excellence
We aim for a gender balanced faculty by analysing and improving our academic culture, procedures and leadership, and thr...