Conference Agenda

Our conference agenda is described below (timezone: EST). Many of these events are subject to change as we are able to confirm speakers and workshop leaders in the coming months. 

Friday, January 17, 2020

1:00 - 5:00 PM


Sloane Physics Laboratory

1:30-4:30 PM

“Discovering Detectors” Hands-On Workshop at Wright Lab

Learn the basics of particle detectors by building your own light-sensing micro-detector with photocells and Arduinos in this hands-on workshop. Registration for this is required in advance.  

Meet at Sloane Physics Laboratory at 1:00pm, event will occur in Yale Wright Lab

1:30 - 4:30 PM

Optional Rotating Lab Tours (meet at Sloane Physics Laboratory). These tours will run every hour starting at 1:15pm, please gather at the marked pick-up point in Sloane Physics Laboratory at 1:15, 2:15, or 3:15 to be escorted to the tours.

  • Wright Lab
  • Yale Quantum Institute

4:45 - 5:15 PM

Welcome Reception and Welcome Address (Meg Urry)

Yale Science Building, Marsh Auditorium

5:15 – 6:00 PM

Plenary Talk: Professor Melissa Franklin

Yale Science Building, Marsh Auditorium

6:30 - 7:30 PM

Dinner, An Exhibition of New Haven Pizza

Kroon Hall

7:45 - 8:45 PM

Planetarium Show

Leitner Planetarium

Liquid Nitrogren Ice Cream and Movie Night

Yale Science Building, Marsh Auditorium

Saturday, January 18, 2020

8:00 - 8:45 AM


Sloane Physics Laboratory

9:00 -9:45 AM

Welcome to Day 2 and Panel (This Is How I Got Here)

Not everyone has a straightforward career path. This panel would be geared towards people who may not know exactly what they want to do after college and would feature speakers who have had nonlinear career paths.

Yale Science Building, Marsh Auditorium

9:50 - 10:20 AM

Coffee Break with Panel Members

This coffee break will give conference attendees the opportunity to ask questions to panel members in small groups.

Lobby outside Yale Science Building, Marsh Auditorium

10:35 - 11:20 AM

Breakout Session I 

11:35 - 12:20 PM

Breakout Session II

12:30 – 1:45 PM

Table Topics Lunch

Explore different identity groups and subfields within physics informally as a table-topic lunch discussion. Feel free to jump between tables and explore as many topics as you like.

Yale Science Building Pavillion and Mezzanine

2:00 - 3:30 PM

Keynote Address (APS organized, Andrea Liu)

Yale Science Building, Marsh Auditorium

3:45 - 4:15 PM

Coffee / Snack Break

Lobby outside Yale Science Building, Marsh Auditorium

4:30 - 5:30 PM

Networking Fair (featuring representatives from graduate schools, industry, national labs, science communication)

Yale Science Building Mezzanine 

5:45 - 6:30 PM

Plenary Talk: Dr. Louise Edwards

Yale Science Building, Marsh Auditorium

6:45 - 7:45 PM

Dinner and “Not a Work-Life Balance Talk” (Sarah Demers)

Benjamin Franklin College Dining Hall

8:00 – 10:00 PM

Women in Physics in History Trivia Night and Mocktails

Benjamin Franklin College Common Room

Physics and Dance Masterclass with Mariel Petee

Sloane Physics Laboratory

Yoga and Mindfulness Class

Benjamin Franklin College Dance Studio

Sunday, January 19, 2020

8:00 - 8:45 AM


Sloane Physics Laboratory

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Student Poster Session

Yale Science Building Mezzanine 

10:15- 11:30 AM

Student Research Talks

Sloane Physics Laboratory 57, 59 and Sterling Chemistry Laboratory 160, 110

11:45 - 12:00 PM

Photo in front of Sloane Physics Laboratory

12:00-12:20 PM

Coffee Break

Sterling Chemistry Laboratory

12:30 - 1:15 PM

Plenary Talk: Professor Reina Maruyama

Sterling Chemistry Laboratory, Room 110

1:15 - 2:30 PM

Lunch and Breakout Discussions on the Intersection of Identity and Physics

Sloane Physics Laboratory 

2:30-3:30 PM

Closing Remarks and STEP UP

This talk will include an introduction to STEP UP - a national community empowering teachers, creating cultural change, and inspiring young women to pursue physics in college. Learn more at