The Nordic Network for Diversity in Physics (NORNDiP) was born at the end of 2017 with the idea to recreate the Nordic Network of Women in Physics (NorWiP) funded by NordForsk between 2006 and 2010. During those years, the network had a very positive impact by raising awareness at the Nordic universities on women’s situation in physics, and by connecting different generations of women physicists to share their knowledge and experiences. Based on results from the earlier network, and after participation of a few representatives from the Nordic Physicist Associations at the Gender in Physics Day organized at CERN on 27 January 2017 by NordForsk, ESO and CERN, we started to envision a new network – strong, wide and inclusive – which would have worked to enhance gender balance within the field of physics and related sciences. Also this time, NordForsk supports the initiative.
At our first board meeting on 16 April 2018, we decided, though, to replace the identifier “Women” with a more inclusive term, “Diversity”, because we believe that topics as diversity, equality, gender balance, gender gap, under-representation of women, are not a matter for women, only.
The aim of NORNDiP is to establish contacts among female physicists in the Nordic countries, to increase the visibility of Nordic female physicists and to develop contacts with women in physics organizations around the world. However, the aim is also, as written on GENERA homepage, to contribute to overcoming the under-representation of women in physics research which is long-standing and persistent even if the prevailing cultures adopt the assumption of being ‘gender neutral’.
The first NORNDiP annual conference was held in Stockholm, Sweden, on 24-25 October 2018. We wish to thank all speakers and participants for their high-quality contributions and enthusiasm!