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Project Juno is the IOP’s flagship gender equality award for university physics departments and schools of physics, and other related organisations.
Project Juno is an award scheme that recognises and rewards university physics departments, schools of physics, and related institutes and organisations that can demonstrate they have taken action to address gender equality at all levels and to foster a more inclusive working environment. Much more than just a box ticking exercise, the three-step award scheme requires a significant amount of effort, evidence and commitment and the demonstration of long-term improvements in order for applicants to be recognised. It is also the first award of its kind specifically created for the physics community and by the physics community. Feedback from applicants has shown it can have a profound and lasting impact on gender equality in the awarded department or establishment.
How does my organisation get awarded?
Participation in Project Juno will enable your organisation to work towards developing an equitable working culture in which all students and staff can achieve their full potential. Juno is fully supported and funded by the IOP and does not involve a charge to physics departments.
Juno is essentially a “peer review” process – all applications to Juno awards are assessed by the Juno panel, all of whom are physicists and all of whom work in Practitioner or Champion departments (see below for the different Juno Award Levels). All our panel members understand the issues that physics departments face and feedback is undertaken by physicists for physicists.
Juno involves a series of site visits to offer constructive feedback and advice to physics departments to enable them to progress against the principles.
Project Juno is aimed specifically at university physics departments and schools of physics, and other related organisations. If you are an individual interested in promoting gender equality, and other forms of diversity and inclusion in the world of Physics, you might be interested in reading about our Limit Less campaign.
Juno award levels
There are currently three levels of Juno award:
Please note that Juno ‘Excellence’ level is being reviewed and applications are not currently being accepted for this level.
There are six principles that those joining agree to progress towards meeting:
- Principle 1: Organisational Framework
- Principle 2: Appointment and Selection
- Principle 3: Career Progression and Promotion
- Principle 4: Working Culture and Workload Allocation
- Principle 5: Flexible Working
- Principle 6: Professional Conduct, Harassment and Bullying
How Juno was created
IOP undertook a study of university physics departments around the UK over a two- year period (from 2003-2005). We wanted to find out what issues students and staff might be facing, and to understand how we could help. The issue cited most often by all the institutions surveyed was the lack of recruitment, retention and progression of women, an issue also prevalent in the broader world of physics. As a result of this research, Project Juno was created.
Project Juno closed in June 2023 and there will be no further opportunities to apply to the scheme. The IOP will be launching a new inclusion model for the physics community in 2024.
Email [email protected] to find out more and to discuss becoming a Juno Supporter, Practitioner or Champion.