On Thursday, 2 March, the Pathé cinema at Balexert, in collaboration with CERN, will be hosting a premiere of the film Hidden Figures, followed by a debate on the position of women in science.
Hidden Figures tells the story of three African-American female scientists who played key roles in the United States’ space conquest, contributing in particular to the preparations for putting astronaut John Glenn into orbit.
The story of these women, who were overshadowed by their male colleagues in an era of deeply ingrained inequality, is finally brought to the screen having been left untold for many years.
This true story reminds us that women and minority groups are still largely under-represented in scientific research. Why is that? How has the situation changed in recent years? What steps have been taken to tackle the issue? And where are we now?
Female CERN scientists from different backgrounds will talk about their experiences and give their perspective on the subject during a debate after the screening led by Tania Chytil, science reporter for RTS. Don’t miss the chance to share your views with these exceptional women!
Film screening in English at 8.30 p.m., debate at 10.30 p.m.
Venue: Pathé cinema, Balexert, Avenue Louis-Casaï 27, 1211 Geneva
Standard ticket prices (including one free drink for each audience member).
The film’s general release date in Switzerland is 8 March 2017. Watch the trailer (link is external).