President: Karen Hampson
Upholds the society's vision, chairs meetings, oversees committee members, and liaises with Equality and Diversity Committee.
I am a researcher working in adaptive optics. I use the technique for a range of applications including microscopy, retinal imaging, satellites, and more recently, brain surgery instrumentation. I completed an MPhys at Swansea University and a PhD in adaptive optics applied to vision science at Imperial College. I am vice chair of the Optical Society of America Applications of Visual Science Technical Group. I have served several roles in the Institute of Physics, including secretary of the Medical Physics Group committee. I am currently a member of the Institute of Physics Groups committee that oversees the governance and activity of the subject groups.
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Aids president in fulfilling tasks necessary to ensure the success of the society
Get in touch with us at womeninphysics[AT]physics.ox.ac.uk if you would like to know more about becoming our VP!
Secretary: Sally Lord
Hosts meetings, maintains and distributes meeting notes, maintains society documents
Hi! I am a first year DPhil student in the Condensed Matter Physics subdepartment and my research focuses on investigating the behaviour of spin-waves for applications in novel computing paradigms! I decided to get involved with the Women in Physics Society because I wanted to help contribute to making the department a welcoming and friendly space for all. I am excited to get involved in more of the Society's events and to help create an even stronger sense of community amongst the women in the department!
Treasurer: Kathryn Boast
Hi! I'm Kathryn and I'm the Access Officer for the Physics Department, so I work with the Outreach team on supporting and encouraging people from under-represented and traditionally disadvantaged backgrounds to apply to Oxford.
Event co-ordinator: Silvia Genaro Motti
Organise events including tea sessions, banquet dinners, Q&A panels and guest speakers
I was born in Brazil, where I studied Chemistry for my undergraduate degree. I did my PhD in Physics in Milan, Italy, and I have been a postdoc in Oxford since 2018. I use laser spectroscopy for studying semiconductors and the photophysics of solar cells. The main tools of my trade are bright lasers, short pulses, and small crystals. I believe in the power of diversity, and that everyone from all backgrounds should be encouraged and supported to make their contribution to science!
Maintain the mentor/mentee database and promote positive counselling experiences
Get in touch with us at womeninphysics[AT]physics.ox.ac.uk if you would like to be involved in mentoring!
Social media officer: Anna Tippett
Hi! I’m Anna and I’m a third year Physics undergraduate at Oriel College. I have really enjoyed my first 2 years studying physics and I am looking forward to applying everything I’ve learned so far to the next 2 years! I’m excited to get involved with Oxford Women in Physics because I want to promote and encourage women to study physics and I think that social media is a great way to reach a large amount of people. In my spare time, I enjoy making my own clothes and looking after my plants!
Undergraduate representative: Jasmine Simms
Hi! I'm Jasmine and I'm a second year physics undergraduate a Mansfield college. I love learning about how the universe works so I'm really enjoying my course here and looking forward to future years. I'm excited to be involved in OxWiP since I've loved all of the events that I've been to and the warm, welcoming atmosphere they have! In my spare time I like to do cheerleading, speed cubing and crochet.
Undergraduate Representative: Pippa Duckett
Hi! I’m Pippa and I am a third year physics undergraduate at Jesus College. I have loved my time studying physics so far and am so excited to learn more in my next two years here! I think it is so important for women to be represented in the sciences and for girls to be encouraged to pursue physics at university and beyond. Because of this I’m so excited to get involved with OxWiP and hope to be able to help create a friendly and inclusive atmosphere for all female undergraduates. In my spare time I love to run and practise cheerleading and dance.
Equality & Diversity Representative: Dina Traykova
Hi! I’m Dina and I’m a final year DPhil student at Wadham. I did my undergraduate in Theoretical Physics at UCL and my research now focuses on exploring and testing alternative theories of gravity that build on Einstein’s GR and aim to explain the apparent accelerated expansion of the universe. Additionally I do numerical simulations of Black Holes to explore their dynamics and effect on their surroundings. Outside of my research I enjoy going for countryside cycles, rock climbing and boardgames.
Postdoctoral Representative - Aprajita Verma
I'm a research fellow and Deputy Project Scientist for the UK E-ELT programme working in the sub-department of Astrophysics. I got my BSc and PhD at Imperial College London, followed by a short post-doc, and then moved to the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching, Germany. My research is based on understanding the formation and evolution of galaxies. In particular, my work focusses on determining the properties of star-forming and black hole hosting galaxies and the role of dust and metallicity in their evolution. I am very interested in outreach and am co-PI of the Citizen Science Project Space Warps (spacewarps.org), a search for gravitational lenses.
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Faculty Representative and CUWiP Coordinator - Professor Daniela Bortoletto
Daniela Bortoletto is a professor of experimental particle physics who uses powerful accelerators for exploring the energy frontier and investigating the most fundamental constituents of the Universe. She is a co-discoverer of the Higgs boson and the top quark. She is currently studying the properties of the Higgs boson and searching for new physics at the LHC. In addition she plays an important role in the development of instrumentation for particle detection. Daniela was the E. M. Purcell distinguished Professor of Physics at Purdue University before joining the University of Oxford in 2013. She has received numerous awards including an U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Award and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is the author of over 700 physics papers. Daniela is a sought-after lecturer and advisor about particle physics. She has been a member of the U.S. Particle Physics Projects Prioritization Panel (P5), the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP) to the U.S. Department Of Energy (DOE) and NSF, and the Mathematical and Physical Science Advisory Committee (MPSAC) to the NSF. She is currently the Chair of the Fermilab Program Advisory Committee. Daniela is passionate about gender issues in physics and increasing female participation in physics and other sciences.
Find Daniela's profile here.
Staff Representative - Carrie Leonard-McIntyre
Carrie is originally from South Africa, where she conducted her undergraduate degree. She currently works as the Assistant Head of Teaching (Academic) in the Department predominantly involved in undergraduate matters. She immensely enjoys working with students and providing them with every opportunity to make the most of their time and education.
Find Carrie's profile here.
Elections will be held at the end of Hilary Term for appointments starting in Michaelmas Term of the same calendar year.
The positions of the President, Treasurer, and Secretary must be held by three different people. Whereas, the other positions can be combined.
The President is the main contact for the OxWiP society and upholds the society's vision while motivating the committee. In addition, the President chairs General Meetings, oversees committee member tasks and provides help where needed, and serves as the Equality and Diversity’s Women in Physics Society representative unless delegated to another member. The President also ensures proper communication with the department regarding emails, funding, and society interests; this includes reporting on the society to the Equality and Diversity committee (as necessary, but formal report annually).
Typically held by a postdoc.
The role of the VP is to help the President fulfill their duties and may require sending emails on behalf of the society, delegating tasks when necessary, and attending meetings when necessary.
Typically held by a DPhil/postdoc.
The main duty of the Treasurer is to keep track of expenditures and liaison with the department regarding society funding. The department contact is the Executive to Head of Department (currently Niamh Coll). The Treasurer also drafts budget for the academic year, handles expenses and sorts reimbursements, and helps to recruit additional funding if necessary.
Open to all levels.
The Secretary hosts the General Meetings which includes booking the meeting room, scheduling meeting times and sending reminders, and taking the minutes and distributing them.
Open to all levels.
Social events are the most important aspect of the society-- it provides women with the opportunity to network and create a welcoming community. Increased socialisation with peers can boost confidence, improve awareness of career opportunities, and provide women with a break from their daily work. In an effort to fulfil these goals, the Event Coordinator(s) organises:
- Tea sessions
- Banquet dinner(s) ideally at a college hall
- Picnic in Trinity
- Christmas Lunch
- Proposes additional ideas for events
- Running 'Snack and Solve' in conjunction with the undergraduate representative
In general, the events coordinator(s) works closely with the physics staff to arrange catering, advertises events through email & social media, and organises sign-up documents for lunch/dinner events.
Open to all levels, undergrads especially encouraged!
Mentoring Progamme Coordinator(s)
The OxWiP Mentoring Programme is headed by the Coordinator(s) who facilitates the success of the programme by managing pairings and enabling positive relationships between mentors and mentees. Specifically, the Coordinator will pair mentors with mentees and ensure individual concerns of mentees are sufficiently addressed.
Typically one undergrad to manage the undergraduate mentoring programme, and one DPhil/postdoc to manage the OxWiP mentoring programme.
The main duty of the IT Officer is to ensure that the society webpage is up to date and properly reflects the society's interests. The IT Officer should manage the Facebook and Twitter accounts unless delegated to another committee member.
Open to all levels.
The following committee positions do not entail specific duties but provide an opportunity for women to get more involved with the society as representatives:
- Faculty Representative
- Staff Representative
- Undergraduate Representative
- Graduate Representative
- Equality and Diversity Represenatitve
- Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) UK representative