One important strategic aim of PRISMA+ Cluster of Excellence is to achieve equality between male and female scientists at the institutional and research level. The Irène Joliot-Curie Program has been set up to support women in all phases of their scientific careers both at the cluster and in their broader research work.
Irène Joliot-Curie (*12 September, 1897, † 17 March, 1956) was a French scientist. She was the eldest daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie and later the wife of Frédéric Joliot-Curie. Irène Joliot-Curie together with her husband was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1935 for their discovery of artificial radioactivity.
The program was launched in December 2013 on the initiative of Concettina Sfienti. It offers workshops, training sessions, and network meetings for women in and around the Cluster and the Faculty of Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Science at JGU. Events to raise gender awareness, such as a lecture series, regularly reach a large female and male audience. Complementing the existing support structures at JGU, IJCP is focused on a physics-specific perspective.