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Lise Meitner Professorship

The Lise Meitner professorships are part of LTH’s work for gender equality and diversity – a work that ultimately will ensure brilliance within the academy and ensure that LTH attracts outstanding employees and talented students.

The Lise Meitner Professorship is an appointment in which a leading researcher of the underrepresented gender is nominated to work at the faculty as a visiting professor and act as a role model for younger researchers, teachers and students. The professorship was established on 1 January 1999.

A professorship for equality, diversity and brilliance in academia

At LTH, we believe heterogeneous groups contribute to create more creative environments – an important element when we explore and create to benefit the world.

We aim to be an attractive employer for candidates whose gender is underrepresented and we work hard to achieve equality at LTH. With this goal in mind, we make long-term commitments to inspire more women to engage in male dominated research areas, and vice versa. The Lise Meitner Professorship is part of this work.

Who is eligible?

The nominated candidate must

  • be a professor at their own university, or fulfil the requirements for a professorship and have an employment with an external organisation,
  • have the necessary attributes to actively participate in teaching at first, second and third-cycle levels, and in other activities at the host department,
  • take part in lectures and seminars at LTH, as well as in internal and external faculty-wide activities.

The appointment is a part time (20 percent of a full-time) fixed term position at LTH and can be held for a period of three years.

New recruitments to the Lise Meitner professorship are made on an annual basis. The invitation to nominate candidates for the professorship usually goes out to all LTH's departments at the end of each year. 

Contact person: Andrea Nord,

Lise Meitner. Photo.

About Lise Meitner

Lise Meitner (1878–1968) is considered one of the pioneers of modern science. In 1938, she succeeded in explaining the process of nuclear fission.

Despite resistance from a male-dominated research community, nuclear physicist Lise Meitner had initiated ground-breaking research in Berlin as early as the 1910’s. Her long-standing and close collaboration with Otto Hahn was fruitful yet, of the two, only Hahn was rewarded with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

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