NeurIPS 2022: Thirty Sixth Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems

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November 28 – December 9 2022

Organisers: Neural Information Processing Systems

Total invited talks speaker gender ratio: 3 Women: 4 Men (43%)
Estimated base rate of women in the field: 26%*
BWN rating: 4, within 2 standard deviations above base rate

*Method of estimation: previously established base rate of women in the computational neuroscience field

#BWNFridayPost: Navigating Academia as Neurodivergent Researchers: Promoting Neurodiversity Within Open Scholarship

This article is written by Flavio Azevedo, Sara Middleton, Jenny Mai Phan, Steven Kapp, Amélie Gourdon-Kanhukamwe, Bethan Iley, Mahmoud Elsherif, & John J. Shaw

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This article shares the authors’ experiences of navigating academia as neurodivergent researchers. It has a lot of meaningful information about what neurodiversity is, how it is (often negatively) represented in psychology (and how it should be represented instead), and the challenges neurodivergent researchers face within academia. Additionally, the authors share concrete recommendations for how we can support neurodiversity in academia, such as by implementing universal design principles.

Read the article here for a lot more details and insightful points!

Development and 3D Modeling of the Human Brain   

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December 7 – December 10 2022

Organisers: Guo-li Ming, Sergiu Pasca

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Total invited speakers gender ratio: 10 Women: 11 Men (48%)
Estimated base rate of women in the field: 32.5%*
BWN rating: 4, within 2 standard deviations above base rate

*Method of estimation: previously established base rate of women in the neural structure and brain modeling field

#BWNFridayPost: Women in Neuroscience Repository

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The women in neuroscience website is a great resource for finding women neuroscience researchers to collaborate with or invite to conferences/symposiums. By looking through a repository like this when planning speaking events, we can slowly begin to bridge the gap between the ratio of women neuroscientists in the field, and the ratio of women speakers at neuroscience events.

Additionally, this website has a great list of resources that feature publications and articles which focus on diversity and equity within neuroscience, as well as a great list of tips for conference organizers to be mindful of!

#BWNFridayPost: A Data-Driven Approach in an Unbiased Sample Reveals Equivalent Sex Ratio of Autism Spectrum Disorder–Associated Impairment in Early Childhood

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This paper examined whether the belief that ASD is more common in males is an accurate representation of sex difference in ASD’s prevalence, or if it is representative of “measurement bias [that] hinder[s] early diagnosis in females.” Through modeling social communication (SC) and repetitive behaviors (RRB) for both males and females through directly assessing two groups of children from 6 to 60 months of age, the authors were able determine two latent classes in both models that had an equal sex ratio for the high-concern clusters. This paper’s findings indicate that it is important to avoid sex-related measurement bias in diagnoses by identifying sex-specific patterns of ASD emergence; and that the currently presumed discrepancy of ASD prevalence between men and women may be partially due to sex-related measurement bias in the past.

Read the paper here for more information!

IEEE Brain Discovery Neurotechnology Workshop: Brain, Mind, and Body: Cognitive Neuroengineering for Health and Wellness

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November 10 – November 11 2022

Organisers: IEEE Brain Technical Community, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, the IEEE Solid State Circuits Society, UC San Diego & and the Institute for Neural Computation

Total invited speakers gender ratio: 10 Women: 9 Men (53%)
Estimated base rate of women in the field: 26%*
BWN rating: 5, within 2 standard deviations above base rate

*Method of estimation: previously established base rate of women in the computational neuroscience field

#BWNFridayPost: Dismantling barriers faced by women in STEM

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Here is a twitter thread by one of the authors

This Comment by J. M. Jebsen, K. Nicoll Baines, R. A. Oliver, and I. Jayasinghe discusses the disparity in STEM research funding, and how the funding process must be restructured in order to reduce biases against minoritized groups, such as women (particularly women of color). The authors explain the many reasons for this disparity, such as cumulative disadvantage and institutional gatekeeping, and discuss how the Universal Basic Research Grant may help–in which every eligible researcher will be given a certain amount of funding every year.

Read the paper here for more information!

35th ECNP Congress 2022

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October 15-18 2022

Organisers: John Cryan ,  David Baldwin ,  Andreas Reif ,  Anna Beyeler ,  Lucille Capuron ,  Christina Dalla ,  Damiaan Denys ,  Julia García-Fuster ,  Iiris Hovatta ,  Ewelina Knapska ,  Urs Meyer ,  Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg ,  Valeria Mondelli ,  Francesco Papaleo ,  Eduard Vieta 

Total invited speakers (keynote + plenary) gender ratio: 3 Women: 4 Men (43%)
Estimated base rate of women in the field: 43%*
BWN rating: 3, at base rate or within 1 standard deviation above base rate

**Method of estimation: previously established base rate of women in the neuroscience field