Women in Science

women in science

Gender Equality Lecture Series​

India and France have been working together for several decades to achieve common developmental goals in the field of science and research. To preserve the heritage of this longstanding collaboration, the French Institute in India has initiated a project to document the scientific partnership between India and France across disciplines.

The prime objective of the project is to revisit and document the common history of science and technology between India and France. The context of the Generation Equality Forum also prompts us to question the visibility of the women who contributed to our common scientific progress.

Women have made contributions to science since the earliest of times. Diverse ideas and perspectives steer us toward progress, toward life-changing solutions that help everybody. For scientific research to be impartial, objective and accurate, diversity and inclusion is inevitable. In these curated talks with experts from many different scientific fields, astronomer and science historian Pranav Sharma explores the unique perspective women bring to the fields of science and STEM.

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Ep. 1: Dr. Archana Sharma - Being a woman in a gentlemen’s world

Ep. 3: Dr. Rohini Goldbole - Equity and Inclusion in Science

Ep. 5: Dr. Isabelle Daniel - The Emergence of Life on Earth

Ep 2: Dr. Shivani Chaturvedi - Creating the right role models

Ep. 4: Dr. Mythily Ramaswamy - Women in Mathematics

Tentative Programme

Each session consists of a brief introduction of the history of Indo-French cooperation in the field of research of the speaker, followed by a short lecture by the speaker, and then a conversation on gender equality in science. Timings: 7 pm.

19 April 2021 –  Dr. Archana Sharma, Physicist, CERN, Geneva

21 May 2021Dr. Shivani Chaturvedi, Senior Gynecologist

24 May 2021 –  Dr. Rohini Godbole, Physicist, IISc, Bangalore, India

18 June 2021 – Dr. Mythily Ramaswamy, TIFR-Centre for Applicable Mathematics, Banagalore, India

21 June 2021Dr. Isabelle Daniel, Mineralogist, Laboratoire de Géologie de Lyon – Université Lyon 1, ENS de Lyon, CNRS

The dates may change as per availability of the lecturers. Please register above to receive updates on the programme.

women in science

Dr. Archana Sharma

Principal Scientist, CERN, Geneva, Switzerland

Archana Sharma has been active in the field since 1989 mainly working on instrumentation especially gaseous detectors. She is the pioneer of simulations and experimentation on wire chambers, resistive plate chambers, and micro-pattern gaseous detectors over the last three decades. She was mentored by French Nobel Laureate in Physics, Georges Charpak.

Dr. Shivani Chaturvedi

Senior Gynecologist

Dr. Shivani Chaturvedi has spent several years in education and gender advocacy. She is also an active cultural activist.

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Dr. Rohini Godbole

Physicist, IISc, Bangalore, India

Rohini Godbole is an Indian physicist and an academician. She is a Professor at the Centre for High Energy Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. She is an elected fellow of all the three academies of Science of India and also the Science Academy of the Developing World (TWAS). She is part of the International Detector Advisory Group (IDAG) for the International Linear Collider in the European research lab, CERN. The International Detector Advisory Group monitors the ILC detector research and development of the Research Directorate and the detector design groups. She is the Chair of the Panel for Women in Science initiative of the Indian Academy of Sciences. She was recently awarded the “Ordre National du Mérite”, the French National Order of Merit.

Dr. Mythily Ramaswamy

TIFR-Centre for Applicable Mathematics, Banagalore, India

Maithily is a celebrated mathematician who specializes in the functional analysis and controlibility of partial differential equations. She is a professor at TIFR-Centre for Applicable Mathematics in Bangalore. A doctorate from Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, she worked with Henri Berestycki on the symmetry paradigm in elliptical problems in mathematics. She is a fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences.

women in science

Dr Isabelle Daniel

Laboratoire de Géologie de Lyon - Université Lyon 1, ENS de Lyon, CNRS

Isabelle Daniel is a mineralogist & professor of Earth sciences at the Claude Bernard University Lyon 1 in Lyon, France where she is affiliated with the Laboratoire de Géologie de Lyon and is the Dean of the Observatory of Earth Sciences and Astrophysics of Lyon. Daniel is a member of the American Geophysical Union and the Deep Carbon Observatory, where she is chair of the Deep Energy Scientific Steering Committee. Daniel's research focuses on minerals and fluid-rock interactions under extreme pressure and temperature conditions. In 2013 she discovered that the mineral olivine rapidly splits water into hydrogen and water in a process called serpentinization, which commonly occurs at mid-ocean ridges. She is also interested in the types of volatile compounds that occur in subduction zones, and how those compounds are recycled. In her work, she frequently uses advanced experimental and analytical methods including Raman spectroscopy and synchrotron X-ray diffraction. Daniel serves in the Scientific Council of CEFIPRA.