The elaboration of the EDI Action Plan of the IFT has included an analysis and diagnosis phase of the current state of play of our institution. Quantitative data has been collected with a view to detect biases in the implementation of procedures, processes and practices, in particular with regard to gender inequalities and gender bias. We present below the statistics gathered regarding gender balance among IFT personnel, governing boards and IFT activities.

A key observation is that within STEM areas, Theoretical Physics has a particularly severe gender gap issue, starting at the undergraduate level. In 2017 the proportion of female science students at UAM was 53%, only 26% in Physics. In our Master in Theoretical Physics it is even lower, 10% in 2019. According to the 2020 report by the MyC CSIC Committee, only 23% (26,5%) or the predoctoral (doctoral) researchers in Physics hired by CSIC in 2019 were women. The IFT is seriously committed with taking decisive actions to address this issue from the very early stages of education.

Human Resources

IFT research personnel

The figure indicates the percentage and absolute numbers of female/male researchers as of December 2020 grouped per job category: PhD students (predoctoral), postdoctoral researchers and staff members, as well as the aggregate number. The numbers on top of each bar indicate the absolute numbers, while the percentages are indicated in the y-axis.

Master students in Theoretical Physics at UAM

Gender balance among students enrolled on the Master on Theoretical Physics at UAM in the specialization of Particle Physics and Cosmology, divided by gender and by academic year.



Governing boards and committees

The graphics indicate the proportion (and absolute numbers) of female/male researchers occupying the positions of IFT Director, Deputy Director, Head of Department, members of the IFT Board, Scientific Advisory Board and Severo Ochoa Steering Committee since the institute was officially created in 2003 (the data for the IFT Board and heads of department is restricted to the period 2006-present). For reference, the current proportion of female researchers among the permanent staff at IFT is also shown.

Present composition of the governing boards and committees (2021)

The IFT and Severo Ochoa Boards have been merged and are formed by the Director, Deputy Director, the two heads of Department and two representatives of the IFT personnel. The present Organization Chart of the institute can be found here.

Activities at IFT

Severo Ochoa visiting program

The percentage of female/male researchers participating in the Severo Ochoa 2017-2021 visiting program at the IFT is reported, divided in the two categories of Distinguished Professors and Associate Researchers. The numbers on top of each bar indicate the absolute numbers, while the percentages are indicated in the y-axis.

Short term visitors

Gender balance among all short-term visitors at the IFT, showing the trend in the 2016-2020 period.


Gender balance among seminar speakers at the IFT, displaying the trend in the last three years.


The gender balance between colloquia speakers is shown in the figure highlighting the trend in the last six years.