Increasing Diversity and Inclusion in Science

November 13 – 15, 2023

São Paulo, Brazil



The scope of this workshop is twofold. Firstly, it seeks to equip early career scientists and science students, particularly from groups that are underrepresented in physics and related STEM areas, with tools that are necessary for the advancement in their careers. Secondly, it seeks to discuss the difficulties that members of these underrepresented groups face during their careers, and define strategies that can help reduce existing gaps. To this end, we will address the gender gap in STEM in combination with other categories such as ethnicity, sexual orientation and geographical location. The goal is to reorganize the scientific ecosystem to make it more inclusive and diverse. This is important not only because it constitutes a basic human right, but also because the great challenges that humanity faces require the joint effort of people of different backgrounds, viewpoints, and experiences. 

During the three-day workshop we will have:

  • Plenary talks by researchers at different stages of their careers combining a description of their research and their lives.
  • Two hands-on activities and a talk to give tools for career development.
  • Discussion panels on “Gender and technology transition in Latin America” and “Inclusion and diversity in science and technology: an initiative for equality and development”.
  • Poster session.
  • Discussion sessions with the final goal of producing a list of recommendations.

This activity will be followed by the two-day workshop “Proposals to Boost STEM Participation in Underrepresented Groups“. There is no registration fee and limited funds are available for travel and local expenses.


Click HERE for online registration


Registration deadline: September 26, 2023


  • Zélia Maria Da Costa Ludwig (UFJF, Brazil)
  • Lilia Meza Montes (BUAP, Mexico)
  • Alba Avila-Bernal (UniAndes, Colombia)
  • Alejandra Paola Gonzalez Vasquez (Universidad de Chile)
  • Denisse Pasten (Universidad de Chile)
  • Leslie Jiménez (Universidad de Chile)
  • Andrea Vera Gajardo (Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile)
  • Silvina Ponce Dawson (UBA, Argentina)

Speakers, Coordinators and Panelists

Plenary talks by researchers at different stages of their careers:

Activities for career development:


  • María Mayra de la Torre Martínez (Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo, Mexico): How to write a paper/proposal
  • Leslie Jimenez (Universidad de Chile): Communicating science to different audiences: to whom? What for? How?


Discussion panels:

1.Gender and technology transition in Latin America

2.Inclusion and diversity in science and technology: an initiative for equality and development

Poster sessions

Discussion sessions coordinated by the organizers, Alba Avila Bernal, Lilia Meza Montes, Zélia Maria Da Costa Ludwig and Silvina Ponce Dawson 



Click HERE for online registration

Registration deadline: September 26, 2023


Additional Information

BOARDING PASS: All participants, whose travel has been provided or will be reimbursed by ICTP-SAIFR, should bring the boarding pass upon registration. The return boarding pass (PDF, if online check-in, scan or picture, if physical) should be sent by e-mail to

Poster presentation: Participants who are presenting a posterMUST BRING A BANNER PRINTED. The banner size should be at most 1 m (width) x 1,5 m (length). We do not accept A4 or A3 paper. Click here to see what a banner looks like

COVID-19: Brazilians and foreigners no longer have to present proof of vaccination before entering the country.

Visa information: Nationals from several countries in Latin America and Europe are exempt from tourist visa. Nationals from Australia, Canada and USA need a tourist visa starting from until January 10, 2024. Please check here which nationals need a tourist visa to enter Brazil.

Accommodation: Participants, whose accommodation will be provided by the institute, will stay at The Universe Flat. Hotel recommendations are available here.

How to reach the Institute: The school will be held at ICTP South American Institute, located at IFT-UNESP, which is across the street from a major bus and subway terminal (Terminal Barra Funda). The address which is closer to the entrance of the IFT-UNESP building is R. Jornalista Aloysio Biondi, 120 – Barra Funda, São Paulo. The easiest way to reach us is by subway or bus, please find instructions here.