Demographic study of major conferences in heavy ion physics


  • Christine Nattrass University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Carlota Andres CPHT, CNRS, École polytechnique
  • Ron Belmont University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Jennifer Blue Miami University
  • Geraldine L. Cochran Rutgers University
  • Megan Connors Georgia State University
  • Justin Frantz Ohio University
  • Debora Mroczek University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Jacquelyn Noronha-Hostler University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Stacyann Nelson Howard University
  • Rosi Reed Lehigh University
  • Sevil Salur Rutgers University
  • Natasha Sharma Indian Institute of Science Education and Research
  • Patrick Patrick Steffanic University of Tennessee
  • Deepa Thomas The University of Texas at Austin
  • Zhenyu Ye University of Illinois at Chicago



We present a study of the demographics of major conferences in heavy ion physics. We look at the distribution of talks by gender for Quark Matter, Strangeness in Quark Matter, Initial Stages, and Hard Probes between 2011–2022. We find that women are often underrepresented among plenary speakers and usually underrepresented among parallel speakers. At Quark Matter, women are more likely to be given a poster presentation in lieu of an oral presentation. The Quark Matter summary talk has never been given by a woman. We discuss the collection of data and possible approaches to make the field more equitable and, therefore, more scientifically productive.


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How to Cite

Nattrass C, Andres C, Belmont R, Blue J, Cochran GL, Connors M, Frantz J, Mroczek D, Noronha-Hostler J, Nelson S, Reed R, Salur S, Sharma N, Patrick Steffanic P, Thomas D, Ye Z. Demographic study of major conferences in heavy ion physics. Supl. Rev. Mex. Fis. [Internet]. 2022 Dec. 10 [cited 2024 May 29];3(4):040922 1-7. Available from: