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NetSci 2023: Meet the women leading in network science

Some of the most prominent women in network science are taking stage at NetSci 2023. This year’s edition is organized by CSH and CEU.

Women are still underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. They make up only 21% of computer science majors in the US. Physics has a female rate of 24%. Additionally, the STEM workforce is dominated by men with only 34% of female workers, according to a National Girls Collaborative Project’s report.

But, as women scientists break the glass ceiling in network science, they are producing innovative and creative research. Some of them are taking the stage at NetSci, the flagship conference of the Network Science Society. 


Karimi runs a research group at the Complexity Science Hub dedicated to understanding the causes and effects of network inequality in the real world. By using methods from statistical physics and network theory, she developed new types of network models that are better suited to study pressing societal issues such as visibility of minorities and structural marginalization in society and algorithms. For instance, she recently publisehd a study to discover why women are discriminated against in physics. Karimi is leading a section at Netsci international school and presenting metrics, models, and algorithms related to network inequality.

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Galesic, a professor at the Santa Fe Institute and a resident faculty member at the Complexity Science Hub, is striving to understand complex social phenomena. She’ll be one of the keynote speakers at NetSci and will discuss how internal dynamics and external influences shape our beliefs, and why some people and groups change their beliefs more readily than others. Galesic will present a few examples of networks of beliefs on both a collective and an individual level, on different topics ranging from politics to vaccinations.

Mirta Galesic, faculty member at the Complexity Science Hub
Mirta Galesic, faculty member at the Complexity Science Hub © Kate Joyce


Other top scientists who happen to be women will present and discuss their work during Netsci. The conference will also feature keynote speakers Nataša Pržulj, from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center; Marta Sales-Pardo, from Rovira i Virgili University; and Kathleen Carley, from Carnegie Mellon University. 

Also attending NetSci will be Tina Eliassi-Rad, who recently received the Lagrange – CRT Foundation Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in complexity science; and Ágnes Horvát, from Northwestern University.


July 10-14, 2023 (8:30-18:30), Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna | Go to the conference program.



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