Our goals

To encourage girls and women to study physics

Firstly it is important to stimulate an interest in physics amongst girls and women. This should be followed by actions to attract girls to physics that should be addressed at several stages. Girls at primary and secondary school level can be encouraged to choose science as a subject through outreach programs specifically aimed at females. In this way it would be possible for them to follow science related careers, including physics, at a later stage. Women already in the field of physics should be retained and motivated to further their studies in this field. This is of importance as it appears that many women leave the field of physics after obtaining their first degree.

To encourage and support women to work in physics-related careers

Balancing career and family life is particularly difficult for women as society place more pressure on them as far as family commitments are concerned. Skills transfer and mentoring is required in order to assist women in this regard. Promoting networking and research collaborations amongst female physicists in South Africa should also contribute to supporting women in physics related careers. Emphasis should also be on helping women prepare for a successful physics careers, this must also include support to obtain higher positions in institutional structure for women physicists.

To assist in removing or overcoming obstacles and barriers for girls and women

A major problem is breaking stereotypes, not just in society in general but also within institutions. Research in other countries have shown that it is more difficult for women to obtain good ratings and have equal access to funding than their male counterparts. Therefore the aim is improving access and eligibility for funding for women. Furthermore it is required to improve the institutional structure and climate for women in physics.

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Upcoming events

Past Events




WiPiSA Plenary Talk delivered by Prof. Liesl Folks

  • Place Boardwalk Convention Centre
  • Time 12:10 pm - 13:10 pm

Liesl Folks obtained a PhD in Physics as well as an MBA, has worked in industry and is presently Dean of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Buffalo.

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WiPiSA Lunch at the University of Johannesburg

  • Place APK Library Auditorium 5th floor
  • Time 12:30 pm - 14:00pm

WiPiSA Lunch at the University of Johannesburg, organised by Dr. Emanuela Carleschi for all female staff members, and undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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Why you should become a member

To be part of an unique group of like minded individuals and experiencing the influenced that can be exhumed when such a group work towards the same goal.

How to become a member

By filling in the form you will become a member with all the added benifits.

What is our goal

Eliciting an understanding of the important place woman has in science the world over.

More about being a member

You will receive our yearly newsletter, invites to events and a place to be heard as a Woman in Science.

Meet the team






Prof Aletta Prinsloo

WiPiSA Chairperson






Dr Emanuela Carleschi

Website & Public relations






Dr Sarah Buchner

Pulsar Astronomer HartRAO






Professor of Physics

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Dr Igle Gledhill

CSIR – Council for Scientific and industrial Research

Malebo Tibane






Dr Malebo Tibane

University of South Africa







Ms Hellen Chuma

Student representative