Science Seminars

Space Sciences Workforce: A 30-year Perspective

Speaker: Fran Bagenal (LASP)
Date: Thursday, Nov 08, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: SPSC W120

Seminar Abstract:

Over the 30 years I have been at CU I have been following how the demographics of our field has changed. The statistics for the separate fields show noticeable differences. I have gathered data from various surveys – from locally at LASP to national statistics gathered by the American Institute of Physics’ Statistical Division – to compile a review of how the demographics are evolving. I guess it is the scientist in me. But I also find that the numbers can challenge our assumptions about what is shaping the demographics of our field. In this regard, it is useful to look at the demographics of scientific fields in different countries. Which country would you guess to have the highest percentage of PhDs in physics awarded to women? It’s probably not a country that comes to mind. Then there is the usual assumption that the numbers must be getting better with time. In this talk I will review the numbers, offer some reflections, and outline some potential local actions that could change the demographics of the physical sciences.