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U.Va. Charge Sponsors Invited Talk & Discussion:
How to Keep Women (and Men) in Science.

Petra Rudolf was on grounds as a guest of Petra Reinke to give a seminar on her research on nanomachines in the MSE department. As part of her visit, she gave this special seminar. Click the image below to launch Petra Rudolf's presentation.

How to Keep Women (and Men) and Science


The EU report on Women in Science identifies different risks which can result in the drop out of women from academic life at different career stages: at the beginning (PhD phase) it is mainly the lack of support from the supervisor, in the postdoc phase the problem of reconciling career and motherhood is most acute, then the risk shifts to lack of career expectations and even at the associate/full professor level there remains a risk due to isolation and exclusion. I shall discuss these issues based on studies from Europe, the U.S.A. and Japan. Based on the trends which emerge from these studies, I shall also suggest some measures to be taken to ensure that women stay in science. From this it will be obvious that all measures which favour women in science are good for men as well.
Petra Rudolf was born in Munich, Germany. She studied Physics at the La Sapienza, University of Rome, where she specialized in Solid State Physics.In 1987 she joined the National Surface Science laboratory TASC INFM in Trieste for the following five years, interrupted by two extended periods in 1989 and 1990/1991 at Bell Labs in the USA, where she started to work on the newly discovered fullerenes. In 1993 she moved to the University of Namur, Belgium where she received her PhD in 1995 and then quickly progressed from postdoctoral researcher to lecturer and senior lecturer before taking up the Chair in Experimental Solid State Physics at the University in Groningen in 2003.  Her principal research interests lie in the areas of condensed matter physics and surface science, particularly molecular motors, graphene, organic thin films and inorganic-organic hybrids. She has published 190 peer-reviewed articles and 26 book chapters, and given over 70 invited talks at international / national conferences. 

Dr. Rudolf serves on the editorial board of the New Journal of Physics and of EPL. She was the President of the Belgian Physical Society in 2000/2001 and was elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics (2001), Lid van verdienst of the Dutch Physical Society (2006) and Fellow of the American Physical Society (2010). For her work on molecular motors she received the 2007 Descartes Prize of the European Commission. In 2013 she was knighted by H.M. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.



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Petra Rudolf 
Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials  University of Groningen
e-mail: p.rudolf@rug.nl 

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