International Symposium « Cognition & Psychiatry »
Speaker gender ratio: 3 women: 12 men (20%)
Estimated* base rate of females in the field: 38%
*Method of estimation: We searched NIH RePORTER with keyword “cognition AND psychiatry” and used our python script to classify results, manually adding in names that were not found.
Arrowhead 10 years on: What have we learned and what is there still to learn about the neural bases of decision-making?
Organizers: Bernard Balleine, Simon Killcross, Kenji Doya, John O’Doherty and Masamichi Sakagami
Sponsors: UNSW Brain Sciences, California Institute of Technology, National Institute on Drug Abuse and KAKENHI Project on AI and Brain Science, MEXT, Japan
Speaker gender ratio: 3 women: 27 men (10%)
Estimated* base rate of females in the field: 37%
*Method of estimation: The topic of this conference is decision making and neuroscience so we used our established base rate of women in neuroeconomics (also called “decision neuroscience”).
Fifth Biennial Conference On Resting State Brain Connectivity 2016
Organizers: Christian Windischberger, Claus Lamm, Rupert Lanzenberger, Bharat Biswal, Mark Lowe, Christopher Pawela, Martin Walter, and Susan Whitfield-Gabrieli
Main conference gender ratio: 12 Women : 47 Men (20.3% )
Main conference + pre-conference education workshop + satellite symposia: 26 Women: 91 Men (22.2%)
Estimated* base rate of females in the field:37%
*Method of estimation: given the meeting’s neuroimaging focus we used previous estimates based on an NIH RePORTER search with the terms “(fMRI or MRI or EEG or MEG or ECOG or TMS) and neuro*”
Organizers: Joshua Brumberg, Randy Bruno, Andrew Hires, David Kleinfeld, Christopher Moore, Daniel O’Connor, Robert Sachdev, Jochen Staiger and Mary Ann Wilson
Invited speaker gender ratio: 1 Women : 10 Men (9%)
Estimated* base rate of females in the field: 27%
*Method of estimation: Based on previous BWN estimates
2nd International Brain Stimulation Conference
Chairs: Mark S. George and Harold A. Sackeim
Sponsors: Elsevier, and the Journal Brain Stimulation
Invited speaker gender ratio: 0 Women : 10 Men (0%)
Estimated* base rate of females in the field: 34%
*Method of estimation: The conference is aimed at psychiatrists, engineers, cognitive scientists, neurosurgeons, physicists, and everything in between. Nevertheless, for lack of a better source for base rates in the medical profession and in engineering, we searched NIH RePORTER with keywords “brain” AND “stimulation” and counted the ratio of women among the unique researchers in pages 20, 30 and 40 of 66 results pages.
Memory mechanisms in health and disease
Organizers: Karl-Peter Giese and Satoshi Kida
Funders: Brain Research Bulletin, NeuroImmunology and Inflammation
Invited speaker gender ratio: 2 Women : 15 Men (12%)
Estimated* base rate of females in the field: 42%
*Method of estimation: we searched NIH RePORTER with the terms “memory” AND “mechanism” and counted the proportion of women among unique PIs on pages 20, 30, 40 and 50 of the 68 pages of results.
Barrel Cortex Function 2016
Organizers: Fritjof Helmchen, Jochen Staiger, Heiko Luhmann, Christiaan De Kock
Funded by: Multiple sponsors
Invited speaker gender ratio: 3 Women : 25 Men (11%)
Estimated* base rate of females in the field: 27% (average of two estimates)
*Method of estimation: Searching NIH RePORTER with keywords “barrel” AND “cortex” and counting the ratio of women among the unique researchers in the 43 active grants gave 28%. A second search on active grants with keywords “somatosensory” AND “cortex” gave 202 results with 176 unique PIs, 26% of them women.