Physics Without Frontiers

Worldwide physics outreach


Outreach & Diversity

Outreach & Diversity

Physics Without Frontiers partners with physics and mathematics departments to organise outreach and communication activities, often with a focus on diversity. These activities are often part of a comprehensive project where a university course, school, or roadshow has been organised, or it may be a stand alone project.

Themes of activities may be focused on:

  • Inviting the public, media, industry and policy makers to learn more about the university's research programme, inspiring and educating them about physics and mathematics, and promoting networking environments.
  • Inspiring young people with current topics in physics and mathematics, and encouraging them to consider further study in STEM subjects.
  • Supporting women in physics, by providing role models, organising communication projects, and holding events to discuss issues relating to diversity in physics and mathematics, and providing networking and support environments.
  • Reaching out to other less represented groups, such as those from a poorer economic background, ethnic minorities within regions, or those who may lack access due to geographic barriers or isolation within a region.

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Activities may include: 

Public events, with invited international and local scientists presenting talks, panel sessions, question and answer sessions, or showcasing physics or mathematics documentaries;

Visits to local and remote secondary schools to present talks or hands-on activities; 

Exhibitions at local or national festivals, at universities or public spaces;

Communication projects using the web and social media, or posters for schools;

Online talks and seminars, or online interactive hands-on sessions.


Supporting Women and Girls in Science:

Read about our project in South Africa to encourage women and girls into STEM and change opinions of what a scientists looks like.

Read our blog about opening science to women in Nepal, after a PWF public event on women in science at Tribhuvan University.

See our photoessay about women in physcis in Palestine which was exhbited at the Royal Society, UK, and various interntional conferences worldwide. The project partnered with the Elsevier Foundation and the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD).