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Report on Women in Physics Session at APPC-AIP Congress in 2016
YOUNGAH PARK
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Report on Women in Physics Session
at APPC-AIP Congress in 2016

YOUNGAH PARK
CHAIR OF AAPPS WORKING GROUP ON WOMEN IN PHYSICS
PROFESSOR OF MYONGJI UNIVERSITY

The APPC-AIP Congress in Brisbane, Australia, in December 2016 was special in that two out of the eight plenary speakers - Professor Michelle Y. Simmons and Professor Youngah Park - were women. It was the first time that this had occurred in the history of APPC, and it was a significant step forward to achieving the goal that the AAPPS Working Group on Women in Physics (WGWIP) has been working toward since its creation in Osaka, Japan, in 2006.

 

The second day of the conference started with the Women in Physics Breakfast. Subsequently, there were two Women in Physics (WIP) sessions led by the following researchers:

WIP Session I: A Focus on Women in Physics in Asia (Chair: Helen Maynard-Casely)
The Role of Women in Physics for the R&D of Basic Science in Indonesia (Evvy Kartini)
Activities of the Working Group on Women in Physics (Youngah Park)
Positive Actions of the Women in Physics Committee in Korea (Jin-Hee Yoon)

Developments of Women in Physics in Taiwan (Yi-Chun Chen)
Activities of the JPS-JSAP Liaison Committee on Women in Physics (Hatsumi Mori)
Chinese Women in Physics (Kuijuan Jin)
Women in Physics in Southern Philippines: A Case Study (May Lim)

 

Women in Physics Session II: Moving Forward for Women in Physics (Chair: Joanna Turner)
Strategic Promotion Advice and Mentoring for Women in STEMM (Kate Jolliffe)
What's the Current Situation for Women in Physics within Australia? (Helen Maynard-Casely)
Presentation of Posters: JSAP's Activities for the Promotion of Women in Physics (Atsushi Masuda)
Recent Activities of Gender Equality Promotion in JP (Nojiri Mohoko)

 

There were about fifty participants in the WIP sessions, including the former AAPPS President Seunghwan Kim. At the end of WIP Session II, Youngah Park chaired a discussion on how to advance women in physics within the Asia-Pacific region and reached a resolution, outlined as follows. The working group proposes:

1. to ensure that women constitute at least 30% of all board members, including the council members of AAPPS and each physical society's board;
2. to ensure that women constitute at least 30% of the plenary speakers in APPC and at the annual meetings;
3. to recommend at least 30% women popularity in all committees, including all the award committees;
4. to conduct a survey with the Asia-Pacific region to investigate the status of women in physics, to find a strategy to promote gender equality in physics and to report it at APPC14;
5. to gather successful strategies that have proven to lead to success;
6. to raise traveling funds, especially for physicists in developing countries;
7. to increase advertisement and communication regarding WIP in the Asia Pacific region;
8. to build a webpage for AAPPS WGWIP; and
9. to prepare a hard-copy regarding WG activities.

These resolutions are only meaningful as to the extent that they are adopted by physics societies in member countries and supported by real actions. Youngah Park reported these resolutions to the 35th Extended Council Meeting in Xian, China, April 2017.

 

I would like to express my appreciation for all of the active participation and the contributions of the member countries. Successful WIP sessions during the APPC-AIP Congress were possible due to the collaboration of the APPC-AIP Congress organizing committee and AAPPS WGWIP.