Women in Science

How many women hold senior positions in neutron research in Europe? How many women work with neutrons in Europe and Worldwide?

The 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission strives to promote gender equality in scientific research, by facilitating the participation of women scientists and integrating the gender dimension into research content in all research areas. NMI3, as a project supported by FP7, wants to contribute to this gender initiative.

Below are open-hearted interviews with women working in neutron or muon science and on the page to the left, you will find a list of more women working these fields.

Regine Willumeit

Regine Willumeit

Studies and PhD in Physics (Diploma on Neutron Activation Analysis and PhD on Spin Contrast Variation to study the Ribosome Structure). Habilitation in biochemistry Ribosome structure and RNA). Read more

10. May 2012

Irina Stefanescu

Irina Stefanescu

PhD and post-doc experience in the field of gamma-ray spectroscopy with Germanium detectors arrays. Two years of experience in a private company working on the development of radiation detectors for homeland security applications. Currently working on developing new technologies to replace the He-3 tubes for the detection of slow neutrons. Read more

Susana Teixeira

Suzana Texeira

I have a strong background in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry in particular. My Scientific field is Structural Biology, with an emphasis on X-ray and Neutron Crystallography. Read more

Giovanna Simeoni

Giovanna Simeoni

1st instrument scientist, responsible for the time-of-flight spectrometer ToFToF Read more

Joana Rebelo-Kornmeier

Joana

2002-4 PhD in Technological Physics, University of Coimbra, Portugal:
“Experimental study and numerical simulation of the physical process of
Electro Discharge Machining (EDM)”
1995-7 MSc in Technological Physics, University of Coimbra, Portugal
1992-7 First degree in Physics Engineering, University of Coimbra, Portugal

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Margarita Russina

Margarita Russina

I am interested in the dynamics-function relationship in disordered and nanostructured materials, such as glasses, solid electrolytes, clathrates. Such systems are very complex and often the motion of the atomic or molecular groups defines at the end the global behavior. Neutron spectroscopy is very important here, thus there is an organic link to the second point of my interest – development of neutron scattering methods, in particular the spectroscopy at pulsed sources. Read more

Konstantina Mergia

Konstantina Mergia

I have been using neutron scattering techniques (neutron diffraction, neutron reflectometry, small-angle neutron scattering, neutron inelastic scattering) in different research fields such as precipitation kinetics in alloys, crystalline and magnetic structures, magnetic thin films, porous materials, oxidation coatings, etc. Read more

Giovanna Fragneto

Giovanna Frganeto

My PhD work involved the study of the adsorption of surfactants and proteins at solid/liquid interfaces by neutron reflectivity. During that time I had the luck to spend many days (and nights…) at neutron facilities like ISIS, NIST and ILL. I was born in a place by the mountains, no wonder that doing experiments at the ILL made a strong impression on me. Read more

Giovanna Cicognani

Giovanna Cicognani

I obtained a degree in Nuclear Engineering from Bologna University (Italy) and specialised in neutron instruments and methods. Within my specialisation studies, I was offered a one year contract by the CEA-Grenoble for the optimisation of the growing technique of very thin films. Read more

Herma Buttner

Herma Buttner

I obtained my first degree in Munich (Germany) studying mineralogy/crystallography and my PhD in Heidelberg (Germany); the latter had an extraterrestrial touch because I studied trace elements in lunar samples using accelerator-based instrumentation. Read more

Heloisa Bordallo

Heloisa Bordallo

I studied Physics and obtained a MSc in Laser Optics at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. During my Master thesis I built my own pulsed laser system, which I used during my research project and which was then used to develop 2 master thesis and one PhD! That was a real hands-on task! On time and without budget!!! Read more

Arantxa Arbe

Arantxa Arbe

I obtained a degree in Solid State Physics at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), in Bilbao (Spain). My Thesis (San Sebastian, UPV/EHU) was focused on the study of the dynamics of glass-forming polymers by combining neutron scattering and dielectric spectroscopy. Read more

11. March 2014

Gail Iles

Gail Iles - teaser

Gail Iles is an Instrument Responsible at ANSTO and is an award-winning scientist. She told us about her career path, accomplishments, and difficulties. Read more

20. June 2014

Helen Maynard-Casely - new profile on Women in Science

Helen Maynard-Casely - ANSTO

Helen is an instrument Scientist at the Bragg Institute in ANSTO, Australia. She also contributes to a the blog Conversation, and is the instigator of Crystal365. Read more

09. July 2014

Linda Udby

Linda Udby - teaser

Linda Udby is Associate Professor at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen. She is the founder of the e-learning portal “Virtual Neutrons for Teaching”, which is supported by NMI3. Read more

Pascale Deen

Pascale Deen

Pascale Deen is an Instrument Scientist at the European Spallation Source and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Niels Bohr Institute. She told us the steps she took on the neutron scattering field and how she conciliates her professional and personal lives. Read more

07. May 2015

Kirrily Rule

Kirrily Rule

Kirrily Rule is an Instrument Scientist at the Bragg Institute in Australia. Get to know about the career steps she took until her current position. Read more