CERN: Return Prof. Strumia to office!

Petition to Fabiola Gianotti, Director General CERN, Geneva

Professor Alessandro Strumia, CERN, spoke on Friday 28th September 2018 at a workshop in Geneva on gender and high energy physics. In his presentation he provided evidence for employment policies in physics that were discriminatory toward men and data supporting his opinion that women were given advantages in the academic world purely on the basis of their gender.

As a result, Professor Strumia was suspended with immediate effect by CERN on the grounds that his remarks were antithetical to its code of conduct and to its values.

There can be no free research and freedom of expression if any person must live in fear of existential threat simply for expressing his or her opinion.

Quite independently of the truth of Professor Sturmia‘s statements, none of them can be construed as defamatory, insulting or discriminatory. The opinion he expresses has been expressed many times in multiple research papers and by many other men and women of professional standing.

We cannot and will not tolerate opinions being censored simply because they are in contradiction with mainstream opinion. To do so would be to encourage a totalitarian trend our democracy should not allow.

We, the undersigned, request and demand the immediate and unconditional reinstatement of Professor Alessandro Strumia.

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Signatures to date 1088 (goal is: 2000)

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1,088 Mx. Pwyllarien Glyndwr Prestatyn United Kingdom
1,087 Mr Francis McAdam Colchester United Kingdom
1,086 Mr Richard Jiang Burnaby Canada
1,085 Dr. Filip Blaschke Czech Republic
1,084 Mr Michael Greer Vestavia, AL United States
1,083 Mr Alex Sutherland Corvallis United States
1,082 Mr David Clarke Mount Pearl Canada
1,081 Ms Aman Siddiqi Capitol Heights United States
1,080 Dr. Georg Retzlaff West Columbia US
1,079 Mrs Helene Stiernstrand Goteborg Sweden
1,078 Dr. Kenneth LaFave Scottsdale United States
1,077 Mr Larry Musa Satellite Beach US
1,076 Mr Carmine DeLeo Ajax Canada
1,075 Mr Kevin North Nanaimo Canada
1,074 Dr. Svein Olav Nyberg Grimstad Norway
1,073 Dr. Alexander Pietersen Sydney Australia
1,072 Dr. Paulo Esquef Rio de Janeiro Brazil
1,071 Mr Brian Ke Columbus USA
1,070 Mr David Boucher Luxembourg Luxembourg
1,069 Dr. Dagmar Becker Palo Alto, CA United States