Our History

The first formal initiative at CERN to promote gender diversity was launched in the early 1990's by a group of staff members who published a report containing a historical overview, and a series of recommendations towards equal opportunities for women at CERN.

The present-day Diversity & Inclusion Programme activities encompass a vast set of diversity facets to encourage mutual respect, inclusive policies and process, and effective collaboration.

Women at CERN, once upon a time... (CERN Bulletin article, 2 March 2015) documents how in 1995, a working group was set up to address the gender imbalance at CERN. Twenty years later, the people involved in the endeavour celebrated the long series of achievements recorded by today’s Diversity Office.



Advisory Group created to reflect on the situation of women at CERN.


Equal Opportunities Officer (EOO) function created 1996.


Equal Opportunities Advisory Panel (EOAP) created. See also a selection of EOAP Documents in CDS, and the 1999 Equal Opportunities Policy.

  • 1998 - John Ellis appointed Chair
  • 2004 - Tiziano Camporesi appointed Chair
  • 2009 - Timothy Smith appointed Chair


From Equal Opportunities to Diversity.


Diversity Programme launched.

  • 2011-2013 - Sudeshna Datta-Cockerill appointed Diversity Programme Leader  
  • 2014-2018 - Geneviève Guinot appointed Diversity Programme Leader
  • 2018-present - Louise Carvalho appointed Diversity Programme Leader