There are <link http: science.sciencemag.org content external-link-new-window internen link im aktuellen>strong indications that women are underrepresented in academic fields where innate talent is believed to be the main requirement for success, because women are stereotyped as not possessing such talent. Internalizing these image, young women may decide that these fields are not for them. As a result, women may be less represented in "brilliance-required" fields.
The SFB1258 strives to contribute to change this image. For this reason, the SFB1258 together with the photographer <link https: www.robertogrillo.it external-link-new-window internen link im aktuellen>Roberto Grillo has designed a photo project that shows physicists, women and men of all academic levels, in their daily lives away from the lab. In this way, the SFB1258 wants to help shift the focus away from the cliché of brilliance to the normalcy of the people who practice the profession of physicist.
A selection of these pictures taken in Garching in April 2018 are shown as a preview within the exhibition "<link http: www.perdonanza-celestiniana.it external-link-new-window internen link im aktuellen>Un giorno da fisico" in L'Aquila, the hometown of Roberto Grillo and the headquarter of the Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI). The exhibition was opened on 23 August by Roberto Grillo, Prof. Elisa Resconi and Prof. Eugenio Coccia, rector of the GSSI, at the GSSI rectorate building on the occasion of the <link http: www.perdonanza-celestiniana.it external-link-new-window internen link im aktuellen>724th Perdonanza Celestiniana in L'Aquila. "Un giorno da fisico" will be on display until the European Researchers' Night on 28th September 2018.