Fabiola Gianotti, Leader of European Nuclear Council

Fabiola Gianotti, Leader of European Nuclear Council

Italian physics is the first woman to lead the European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva.

Italian physics is the first woman to lead the European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva.

This professional sector is dominated by just over 80% of men, where it has been very difficult to change that trend. In this sense, of incompatibility of the career with motherhood, and despite policies to promote the female presence in scientific careers, the percentages of scientists in these sectors barely move. Therefore, having Fabiola Gianotti directing with her leadership and communication skills, even with simplicity and humility, is considered to be and will be a positive example for young women who may consider following a scientific career, as expressed by Cristina Manuel Hidalgo, scientific researcher of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) and author of the web portal Research and Science.

On the other hand, her deep knowledge of particle physics, along with her vision of CERN as a world-leading laboratory in particle accelerators, was very useful to her on November 4, 2014, because her tenure began on January 1, 2016 and will last for 5 years, according to Laura Morrón, a degree in Physics and passionate about scientific outreach, from the WomenConscience web portal.

A leading woman's AFIS in technology

According to Laura Morrón of the web portal MujeresConCiencia, the CEO evades the world by playing Schubert, who in her opinion is the most romantic of the classics. In the musical harmonies she performs, she feels physics and mathematics. The piano is her most precious possession and whenever her busy schedule allows her, she lets her emotions flow caressing piano keys.


She was following the path of her mother, who had studied literature and music, this is a good example of her fascination with art, literature, and music. That is why it considers it a baseless cliché that scientists are only interested in concrete data and facts.

Professional experience of CERN's first female director

Gianotti received her Ph.D. in Experimental Particle Physics from the University of Milan in 1989 and has been devoted to research in CERN's Department of Physics since 1994. She is an honorary professor at the University of Edinburgh and a member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in Italy.

She is the author of more than 500 publications in scientific journals and has participated in more than 30 plenaries in international physics conferences. In addition, the Italian was elected leader of the ATLAS research, which is one of the key experiments in confirming the existence of the Higgs Boson, a discovery by which Francois Englert and Peter Higgs won the 2013 Nobel Prize, according to the Uni˃ersiaar Medium.

Agreements in which she has participated in CERN

According to CERN's official web portal Accelerating Science, on 14 April 2021, representatives of CERN and the Republic of Latvia signed an Agreement admitting Latvia as a member state associated with CERN, being the third of the Baltic States to join the family of the European Council for Nuclear Research, after they made alliances with Lithuania and Estonia.

At a press conference held at the headquarters of the BBVA Foundation, Gianotti explained that one measure of our unknownness, and one of the reasons why the origin of the universe cannot be clarified, is the matter called dark. She even stated that 95% of the universe is dark, that is, it consists of forms of matter and energy that are not known, according to the official website Fundación BBVA.

In short, science has no gender, more engineers and scientists are necessary and essential, said Mafer Ortega of the CONECTA medium of Tecnológico de Monterrey.

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