The goal of this site is to track the speaker composition of conferences in neuroscience, particularly with respect to gender representation. The progress of science benefits from diverse voices and ideas. Conference panels that are diverse with respect to gender, race, ethnicity and national origin help advance this goal. Homogenous conference programs are generally not representing their field, missing out on important scientific findings, and are one important factor contributing to the “brain-drain” of talented female and minority scientists from the scientific workforce. As a group, BiasWatchNeuro has formed to encourage conference organizers to make every effort to compose programs that incorporate diverse panels.
Bias is often unconscious and unintended. Indeed, most of us are biased, but with appropriate awareness, many people are now successful at overcoming their biases. The purpose of this site is to provide data and other resources to facilitate that effort, and in particular, to raise awareness of any gender bias in the selection of conference speakers, so that these disparities can be addressed. See “how can I help” for more information.
Send information about conferences, seminar series or other scientific programs to firstname.lastname@example.org