What is Project Juno?

Project Juno is an award scheme that rewards and recognises efforts taken by physics departments in the UK and Ireland to address gender equality while also nurturing a more inclusive working environment.

There are 3 award levels: “Supporter”, “Practitioner” and “Champion”.

The scheme requires a significant amount of endeavour, evidence and commitment and the demonstration of long-term improvements in order for applicants to be recognised.

UL Physics Department – “Champion” Award.

In recognition of our “excellent work to embed the Juno Principles and address gender equality throughout the Department”. UL Department of Physics is the first to achieve Juno “Champion” status in the Republic of Ireland.


Recognition of the UL Physics Department as a  Juno “Champion”, tweeted on 28th of October by the Institute of Physics (@PhysicsNews). (Tweet: https://twitter.com/PhysicsNews/status/1585999836226240513)

The Juno Assessment Panel found our Juno Champion submission to be well articulated and strongly aligned to the Juno Principles, clearly demonstrating that Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) work is embedded in our department.

 The Panel commended the department for many good initiatives, particularly:

• The strong senior leadership commitment from the Head of Department who supports and champions EDI activities.

• Achieving the first departmental Athena Swan Silver Award in the Republic of Ireland.

• Addressing low student numbers, and underrepresentation of female undergraduates, through strategic outreach activities, e.g. leading the wide-reaching SOPHia (Science Outreach to Promote Physics) programme and targeting female-only and co-educational schools.

• Running a successful bid to host the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) in 2024.

For more information of Project JUNO, visit:


List of current JUNO Awardees: