conferencelink March 22-24, 2023 Program Committee: Dr. Christine Rose, Dr. Mathias Bähr, Dr. Tobias Böckers, Dr. Ansgar Büschges, Dr. Veronica Egger, Dr. Martin Göpfert, Dr. Sonja Grün, Dr. Eckart Gundelfinger, Dr. Ileana Hanganu-Opatz, Dr. Frank Kirchhoff, Dr. Albert Christian Ludolph, Dr. Heidrun Potschka, Dr. Constance Scharff, Sophie Seidenbecher, Dr. Christian Steinhäuser, Dr. Christiane Thiel
Plenary speakers gender ratio: 2 Women: 6 Men (25%) Estimated base rate of women in the field: 43%* BWN rating: 1, within 2 standard deviations below base rate
*Method of estimation: previously established base rate of women in the neuroscience field
“Why we need female mice in neuroscience research” is an article that dives into the findings of this paper (“Mouse spontaneous behavior reflects individual variation rather than estrous state“) and discusses its findings that female mice have spontaneous behavior that is only “negligibly affected” by hormonal cycles, and actually have less variable spontaneous behavior than male mice. It then goes on to discuss how in neuroscience male mice are traditionally used, and since many of our findings about genes, neural circuits, and behavior are based on mouse research, using only male mice can prevent neuroscience from learning about how these aspects may differ in and impact females.
conferencelink April 06-07, 2023 Organisers: Omar Ait-Ader, Romain Caron, Jérôme Coste, François Berry, P.M. Llorca, J-Jacques Lemaire, Ana Raquel Marques, Anna Sontheimer, CélineTeulière, François Vassal
Invited speakers gender ratio: 0 Women: 14 Men (0%) Estimated base rate of women in the field: 32.5%* BWN rating: 0, more than two standard deviations below base rate
This paper is written by Mytien Nguyen, Sarwat I. Chaudhry, Mayur M. Desai, et al
This paper describes a cross-sectional study investigating the gender, racial, and ethnic diversity of NIH investigators in the last 30 years. This investigation found that, among PI’s receiving 3 or more research grants in this time period, female and Black PIs were significantly underrepresented. Read more about this here!