Prof Halina Rubinsztein‐Dunlop
February 11th, 2021 HALINA RUBINSZTEIN‐DUNLOP Chief Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems, University of Queensland

Welcome to the inaugural event for ”ICFOnians for Women in Science Month 2021” at ICFO.

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February) and International Women’s Day (8th March) are two international events that have inspired ICFO to dedicate an entire month (Feb 11th – Mar 8th) to women in science with activities designed to celebrate accomplishments as well as examine the current reality for women pursing scientific careers.

Events in his program are directed to all ICFOnians as well as interested members of our extended community, and aim to examine and support a diverse and inclusive environment in science.


INTRODUCTION: Prof Lluis Torner, ICFO Director
INVITED TALK: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Science and for Science – how are we doing?

Prof Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Chief Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems, University of Queensland

Moderator Prof María García Parajo, leader of the Single Molecule Biophotonics group at ICFO

Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop is Professor of Physics in the School of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Queensland. She was educated at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg in Sweden. She is a Director of ARC CoE for Engineered Quantum Systems Translational Research Laboratory and was for 9 years Head of School of Mathematics and Physics. At the University of Queensland Halina leads a large research groups in experimental quantum atom optics, laser micromanipulation and biophotonics. She also leads a program in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Engineered Quantum Systems. Halina has been awarded Australian Institute of Physics International Woman in Physics, Lecture Tour Medal and University of Queensland Award for Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision. Halina is a Fellow of Australian Academy of Science, a Fellow of SPIE and of OSA. Halina was awarded Officer in the General Division (AO) of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to laser physics and nano-optics as a researcher, mentor and academic, to the promotion of educational programs, and to women in science in June 2018. She was also awarded Australian Optical Society W.H. (Beattie) Steel Medal, 2018 and 2018 Eureka Prizes in UNSW Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research (Optical Physics in Neuroscience), 2018. In 2019 she was awarded Lise Meitner Distinguished Lecture Tour 2019 Germany and Austria. Rubinsztein-Dunlop’s group has published over 270 papers that have received over 8500 citations in the world’s leading scientific journals. Halina is also actively involved in popularisation and promotion of science.

Prof Rubinsztein-Dunlop is an esteemed member of ICFO’s Scientific Advisory Board.

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills are the foundation on which the World workforce, industries and the economy will thrive. The demand for a STEM‐skilled workforce to power our industries is escalating and showing no signs of slowing down. Government, Academia, Industry and Educational Sector are relying on STEM skills for further progress, innovation and new technologies and applications. All of these stakeholders are faced with the same problem which is the engagement in theirs sectors of around 50% of underrepresented STEM skilled individuals. For us to prosper we cannot afford to under‐utilise all of our available talent. Majority of organisations all around the world are engaging in equity, diversity and inclusion actions to change this situation. After a number of years of these activities being pursued we can ask the question: How are we doing? Is the change prominently present in our organisations? In many of our organisations we have had some success in cultural, racial and religious diversity. However gender equity is still a big problem. In some of the academic disciplines the clock has stopped. It begs a question: Are we “doing science” right?

Event: Thursday, February 11, 2021, 10:00. ONLINE