Summer Workshop on the Dynamic Brain: by the Allen Institute and the University of Washington Computational Neuroscience Center

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August 20-September 3, 2023
Organisers: Michael A. Buice, Saskia de Vries, Adrienne Fairhall, Shawn Olsen, and Eric Shea-Brown

Faculty gender ratio: 7 Women: 11 Men (39%)
Estimated base rate of women in the field: 32.5%*
BWN rating: 3, within one standard deviation above base rate

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

CNS 2023: 30th Anniversary Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society

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March 25-28, 2023
Organisers: Cognitive Neuroscience Society

Invited symposium talks and keynote gender ratio: 9 Women: 11 Men (45%)
Estimated base rate of women in the field: 52%*
BWN rating: 2, within one standard deviation below base rate

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

COSYNE 2023

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March 13-14, 2023
Organisers: Laura Busse, Tim Vogels, Blake Richards, Jessica Cardin, Michael Long, Kanaka Rajan, Andrew Saxe, Anna Schapiro, Christopher Summerfield, Aman Saleem, Hysell Oviedo, Grace Lindsay, Carlos Stein Brito, Angela Langdon, Sashank Pisupati

Total talks speaker gender ratio: 9 Women: 6 Men (60%)
Estimated base rate of women in the field: 26%*
BWN rating: 5, more than 2 standard deviations above base rate

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

#BWNFridayPost: Confronting racially exclusionary practices in the acquisition and analyses of neuroimaging data

This paper is written by J. A. Ricard, T. C. Parker, E. Dhamala, J. Kwasa, A. Allsop & A. J. Holmes

Here is a twitter thread summarizing it by one of the authors

This paper discusses how the process of science (how we recruit, the methodologies we utilize and the analyses we conduct) have large effects on the equity and generalizability of scientific discoveries. Following this, the authors develop new actionable ways to help address these issues in Neuroscience and Psychology studies. Find out more here!

#BWNFridayPost: Black in Neuro

Link to the website

The Black in Neuro website is an amazing resource aimed at diversifying the neurosciences by building a community that empowers Black scholars and professionals in Neuroscience (and related fields). The website has many great resources, including links to events/seminars, a membership and a membership directory for the BiN community, a list of reports and publications relevant to the mission, and a compilation of Black-led initiatives aimed at improving mentorship and outreach in STEM. Go check out these (and so many other) resources on the website!

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

Link to a twitter post about it

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