The Action will promote gender balance, in particular by getting women scientists to network with other scientists of the community, encourage young women scientists to take on a career in this domain and profit from senior scientists’ advice and early networking possibilities, especially, but not exclusively with other women scientists. Particular attention will be paid to use and emphasize the role-model that senior women scientists may play for young women still in early education.

Let us present some of the women participating in the COST Action, including their short bibliography:

**Francesca Arici**

I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics, Radboud University Nijmegen. My research interests are

– noncommutative topology of quantum principal circle bundles

– applications of noncommutative geometry to gauge theories

**Lisa Glaser **

I’m a Marie Curie fellow at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. My research is trying to calculate the non-perturbative path integral over geometries. I do this within the frameworks of Non-commutative geometry, Causal Dynamical Triangulations, and Causal set theory.

A lot of this work is done using computer simulations, in particular Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods.

**Larisa Jonke**

I am a Senior Research Associate at Rudjer Boskovic Institute. My research interests are

– dualities in string theory, gauged sigma models, generalized geometry

– matrix models

– gauge theory on non-commutative spaces

**Johanna Knapp**

I am an assistant professor at TU Wien. I work on string theory, specializing on Calabi-Yau spaces, D-branes, mirror symmetry and supersymmetric gauge theories.

**Catherine Meusburger**

I am a Professor (W2) at the Department of Mathematics, University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Erlangen, Germany. My expertise lies in 3d gravity, quantum gravity, Chern-Simons theory, 3d

Lorentzian geometry, quantum groups and their representations, (higher) categories, invariants of 3-manifolds, moduli spaces of flat connections.

**Valentina Puletti**

I am associate professor at University of Iceland (Math division). My expertise area is: string theory, AdS/CFT, gauge/gravity duality.

**Mairi Sakellariadou**

I am Professor of Theoretical Physics at King’s College London, University of London, UK.

My field of research is theoretical physics and cosmology, with emphasis on the physics of the early universe. My research activity spans over Noncommutative Spectral Geometry, String/M-theory Cosmology, Loop Quantum Cosmology, Group Field Theory, Gravitational Waves, and Topological Defects (in particular Cosmic (super)strings).

**Francesca Vidotto**

I am NWO Veni Fellow at the Institute for Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics, Radboud University Nijmegen. My research interests are:

– loop quantum gravity

– quantum-gravity phenomenology: cosmology and black holes

– foundations of physics

**Patrizia Vitale**

I am associate professor of theoretical physics and mathematical methods at Naples University “Federico II” and INFN research associate for the theory division. My main research activity concerns Noncommutative geometry and its applications to quantum field theory.