Joliot-Curie Conference

16 - 17 September 2014, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

This event was the 3rd annual Joliot-Curie Conference and was dedicated to addressing barriers to career progression, and to support diversity, in the chemical sciences.

With an exciting programme of workshops, one-to-one consultations, and keynote speeches from world-renowned experts, the Joliot-Curie Conference was set up to:

Promote diversity and an inclusive working culture
Address barriers to career progression, particularly for women and minority groups
Raise the aspirations of young chemists
Increase the confidence of delegates when presenting, networking and raising their public profile

"I wanted to write to you personally to say how useful the conference was and how much I enjoyed it. Everyone was so welcoming and I gained a huge amount from the two days."

- 2013 Conference delegate

History of the conference:
The Joliot-Curie Conference is named in honour of Irène and Frédéric Joliot-Curie, a married couple who were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1935 for their work on the synthesis of radioactive elements.

Both came from strong scientific backgrounds - Irène's parents were fellow Nobel laureates Pierre and Marie Curie - but they combined their passion for science with a keen awareness of broader political and social issues.

Both opposed the rise of Fascism in Europe in the late 1930s, and Frédérick was later decorated for his role in the French Resistance during the Second World War. Irène campaigned tirelessly for women's education, supported by her husband who insisted that the Nobel Prize be shared between them.

Because of their scientific achievements and pioneering work to overcome prejudice, the Joliot-Curies are fitting role models and we are pleased to name this Conference after them.

Irène Joliot-Curie is one of our 175 Faces of Chemistry, which aims to promote the diversity of the chemical sciences.
Sponsorship & supporting organisations
We would like to thank L'Oreal for their support of this event
Royal Society of Edinburgh

Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George St, Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ, United Kingdom

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