Prof. Dr. Tomas Brage

What does Gender and Diversity have to do with Physics?

Professor Brage obtained his PhD in Atomic Physics in 1988 and has since then had positions as a Research Assistant Professor in Computer Science at Vanderbilt University between 1989 and 1993, and Research Associate at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, working on the Goddard High Resolution Spectrometer mission on the Hubble Space Telescope, from 1994 to 1996. For the last twenty years he has been employed at Lund University in Sweden, where he holds a Professor of Physics at the Division of Mathematical Physics of the Department of Physics, For almost as long he was also the Director of Education in Physics at the Faculty of Science. His main research interests are Laboratory Astrophysics and Computational Atomic Physics, and he has published over 100 articles in refereed journals. He is a visiting Professor at the Fudan University in Shanghai in China, where he spends a few months each year at the Institute of Modern Physics.

For the last 15 years he has been strongly involved in work on Gender and Science, where he is regularly giving talks on “Gender and Physics” around Europe. He is active in several European networks, e.g. as a steering group member of the Policy Group for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (PG EDI) of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) network. He is a member of the GENERA network for Gender and Physics, as well as the advisory board for the EPSRC Inclusion Matters project at the Queen’s University of Belfast. He is also serving at the Expert Advisory Group for Gender and Equality at the National University of Ireland in Galway and the Southern University of Denmark. He has led several projects in Lund, e.g. the Gender Certification project, the Antidiscrimination education and, more recently, the Core-Value project. He has received the Gunilla Jarlbro award for important contributions to the work for equal opportunities in the academia.

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