A conference on Science and Gender and a play vindicate the figure of nuclear physicist Lise Meitner

Meitner Project, the science and gender dissemination initiative of the Corpuscular Physics Institute (IFIC), a joint centre of the University of Valencia and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), will carry out two of its main activities this week of 27 from February to March 5. They are the Conference on Science and Gender, and the representation of the play that brings to the stage the life of Lise Meitner, a pioneer in nuclear physics, but forgotten by the Nobel Prize committee.

The Meitner Project Science and Gender Conferences , coordinated together with CEFIRE, will begin next Tuesday, February 28 at 5:00 p.m. and end on Thursday, March 2. The sessions on February 28 and March 1 will be held online, unlike the session on the 2 , which will be face-to-face, although it will be broadcast.

These conferences aim to value the work of women whose names have been forgotten by the general public in favour of those of their mentors, brothers or husbands. The current strategies used in teaching, research, and scientific dissemination to integrate the gender perspective in science and technology will also be analysed, and to awaken interest in scientific-technical careers in little and young girls. In addition, this year an activity is offered in which inclusive informative projects aimed at blind people will be made known. Registration will close on Monday 27 at 11:30 a.m.

In turn, the project brings to the stage the play Project Meitner, produced by the theater company CRIT and based on the play Remembering Miss Meitner by the playwright and professor of History of Science Robert Marc Friedman, which has been translated into several languages and has been performed in theatres around the world. The work recovers the legacy of Meitner, pioneer of nuclear fission, through the complex plot that she starred in with her great friend Otto Hahn and her colleague Manne Siegbahn.

The performances aimed at the general public will take place on March 3 and 4 at 8:00 p.m. at the L’Agrícola theatre of Alboraia. The session on day 3 will be adapted for people with visual disabilities. After each function, there will be a colloquium with staff from both the artistic and scientific team to dialogue with the public. Admission is free and can be obtained from the following link.

Presentation of the project in Alboraia

To contextualise the play and the need to remember the figure of Lise Meitner, the IFIC team presented its informative initiative "Meitner Project. Remembering Lise Meitner" this Saturday, February 25 at the Cultural Centre in Alboraia, between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Through information panels and recreational activities for all ages, the members of the team made known the objectives and main actions of the project in a day organised together with the Alboraia City Council and its Equality Unit.

This activity has the collaboration of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECyT) of the Ministry of Science and Innovation.