Case study: Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conferences

The Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society was founded in 2012 and is made up of over 300 members across Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. The society launched an Equity and Diversity Policy in 2016. *

Statistics have been compiled for the society’s annual meeting (in 2014, held as the International Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience.)

The following table shows the percentage of women in each role, by year:

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 ICON 2015 2016 2017 All conferences
Opening/Welcome 0.0% 25.0% 0.0% 100.0% 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 100.0% 40.6%
Keynote/Plenary 0.0% 40.0% 33.3% 33.3% 30.0% 33.3% 60.0% 50.0% 35.0%
Keynote Chair 50.0% 33.3% 10.0% 33.3% 25.0% 0.0% 25.3%
Symposia Talks 42.9% 33.3% 41.7% 66.7% 29.3% 50.0% 37.5% 68.8% 46.3%
Symposia Chair 33.3% 83.3% 33.3% 33.3% 42.9% 33.3% 0.0% 33.3% 36.6%
Oral Presentations (not Keynote/Symposia) 50.0% 46.9% 52.8% 58.3% 54.5% 42.5% 50.0% 58.5% 51.7%
Oral Presentations Chair 50.0% 33.3% 40.0% 16.7% 40.0% 40.0% 60.0% 40.0%
Poster Presentation 62.8% 48.1% 44.6% 58.4% 45.6% 51.1% 65.2% 60.2% 54.5%
Workshop Speakers 40.0% 33.3% 85.7% 70.0% 44.4% 54.7%
Conference Organising Committee 52.6% 41.7% 50.0% 57.1% 50.0% 62.5% 38.9% 50.4%
Overall 51.5% 43.7% 44.5% 56.5% 40.3% 49.9% 54.2% 55.6% 47.6%

Raw data for each year:

Melbourne (Swinburne): 2010
Male Female Unknown Total
Opening/Welcome 1 0 0 1
Keynote/Plenary 2 0 0 2
Keynote Chair 0 0 0 0
Symposia Talks 8 6 0 14
Symposia Chair 2 1 0 3
Oral Presentations (not Keynote/Symposia) 15 15 0 30
Oral Presentations Chair 0 0 0 0
Poster Presentation 16 27 1 44
Workshop Speakers 3 2 0 5
Conference Organising Committee 0 0 0 0
Total: 47 51 1 99

 

Sydney (Macquarie) 2011:
Male Female Unknown Total
Opening/Welcome 3 1 0 4
Keynote/Plenary 3 2 0 5
Keynote Chair 1 1 0 2
Symposia Talks 18 9 1 28
Symposia Chair 1 5 0 6
Oral Presentations (not Keynote/Symposia) 17 15 0 32
Oral Presentations Chair 4 4 0 8
Poster Presentation 122 113 27 262
Workshop Speakers 0 0 0 0
Conference Organising Committee 9 10 0 19
Total: 178 160 28 366

 

Brisbane (University of Queensland) 2012:
Male Female Unknown Total
Opening/Welcome 1 0 0 1
Keynote/Plenary 2 1 0 3
Keynote Chair 0 0 0 0
Symposia Talks 7 5 0 12
Symposia Chair 2 1 0 3
Oral Presentations (not Keynote/Symposia) 34 38 0 72
Oral Presentations Chair 8 4 0 12
Poster Presentation 179 144 7 330
Workshop Speakers 0 0 0 0
Conference Organising Committee 7 5 0 12
Total: 240 198 7 445

 

Melbourne (Monash University) 2013:
Male Female Unknown Total
Opening/Welcome 0 1 0 1
Keynote/Plenary 2 1 0 3
Keynote Chair 2 1 0 3
Symposia Talks 4 8 0 12
Symposia Chair 2 1 0 3
Oral Presentations (not Keynote/Symposia) 25 35 0 60
Oral Presentations Chair 6 4 0 10
Poster Presentation 52 73 1 126
Workshop Speakers 0 0 0 0
Conference Organising Committee 6 6 0 12
Total: 99 130 1 230

 

Brisband (ICON) 2014
Male Female Unknown Total
Opening/Welcome 1 0 0 1
Keynote/Plenary 7 3 0 10
Keynote Chair 9 1 0 10
Symposia Talks 65 27 1 93
Symposia Chair 16 12 0 28
Oral Presentations (not Keynote/Symposia) 10 12 2 24
Oral Presentations Chair 5 1 0 6
Poster Presentation 191 160 15 366
Workshop Speakers 4 2 0 6
Conference Organising Committee 3 4 0 7
Total: 311 222 18 551

 

Auckland 2015:
Male Female Unknown Total
Opening/Welcome 1 0 0 1
Keynote/Plenary 2 1 0 3
Keynote Chair 2 1 0 3
Symposia Talks 6 6 0 12
Symposia Chair 2 1 0 3
Oral Presentations (not Keynote/Symposia) 23 17 0 40
Oral Presentations Chair 6 4 0 10
Poster Presentation 180 188 2 370
Workshop Speakers 1 6 0 7
Conference Organising Committee 2 2 0 4
Total: 225 226 2 453

 

Shoal Bay 2016:
Male Female Unknown Total
Opening/Welcome 0 2 0 2
Keynote/Plenary 2 3 0 5
Keynote Chair 3 1 0 4
Symposia Talks 10 6 0 16
Symposia Chair 4 0 0 4
Oral Presentations (not Keynote/Symposia) 33 33 0 66
Oral Presentations Chair 6 4 0 10
Poster Presentation 23 43 1 67
Workshop Speakers 3 7 0 10
Conference Organising Committee 3 5 0 8
Total: 87 104 1 192

 

Adeladie 2017:
Male Female Unknown Total
Opening/Welcome 0 1 0 1
Keynote/Plenary 2 2 0 4
Keynote Chair 4 0 0 4
Symposia Talks 5 11 0 16
Symposia Chair 4 2 0 6
Oral Presentations (not Keynote/Symposia) 34 48 0 82
Oral Presentations Chair 4 6 4 14
Poster Presentation 39 59 0 98
Workshop Speakers 5 4 0 9
Conference Organising Committee 11 7 0 18
Total: 108 140 4 252

*Source, and to read more: https://www.acns.org.au/about-acns/.