Women across the world tweet in IOP’s #Iamaphysicist campaign

15 February 2018

Female physicists responded in overwhelming numbers to a twitter campaign that we ran to mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, with women from all over the world tweeting selfies along with brief descriptions of what they do.

Women across the world tweet in IOP’s #Iamaphysicist campaign

IOP Media Officer Melissa Brobby sent out a tweet on 5 February asking women working as physicists to tweet a selfie using #Iamaphysicist and ran this for the rest of the week until the international day on 11 February. More than 200 women responded by sharing selfies, with participants ranging from PhD students to senior particle physicists.

Women across the world tweet in IOP’s #Iamaphysicist campaign

Among them was IOP member Candice Basson (pictured left), a first-year PhD student working in the University of Manchester Particle Physics Research Group and on the ATLAS experiment at CERN. The furthest afield came from New Zealand and there were tweets from scientists at Jodrell Bank, the Science and Technology Facilities Council, the European Space Agency, a staff scientist at NASA and IOP Fellow Mary Whitehouse, who is Chair-Elect of the Association from Science Education.

The call for selfies tweet received 1617 likes and 1132 retweets, while a huge number of schools, organisations, businesses and universities retweeted the tweet asking students and workers to take part and a number of tweeters praised the campaign for being an inspiring feed. Just a few of the women who took part are featured in the montage above.

Melissa said: “The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is a great time to showcase inspiring women working in physics today, which hopefully will, in turn, inspire others.

“I’m overwhelmed with the response we had to it – I think it’s fantastic that so many women wanted to get involved and share what they did with us on twitter, and that many schools, organisations, businesses and universities retweeted our call out encouraging their students and employees to take part.

“I’m very pleased with how the campaign went and hope that it shows people that there are many interesting fields in physics, and that it’s an area that anyone of any gender can be involved in.”