#BWNFridayPost – Women less likely to win major research awards

This week’s BWN Friday Post brings you a Nature article by Clare Watson, discussing gender bias in top science awards.

Read the full article here.

BWN also tracks the percentage of women scientists who are awarded neuroscience awards. You can view the visualisation here (2021 release will be posted soon).

#BWNFridayPost – Lack of women in COVID-19 decision-making bodies

Today’s BWN Friday post brings you two reports, a year apart, on how women are missing from the COVID-19 decision-making table.

A year ago, in 2020: Out of 115 COVID-19 task forces from 87 countries, 81% were headed up by men, with gender parity among membership at 3.5%.
Read the full commentary from BMJ Global Health here.

A year later, now, in 2021: There are 334 task forces globally, with 81% still headed by men, with gender parity among membership at 4%.
View the UNDP’s living database, COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker, here.

#BWNFridayPost – Dump the “dimorphism”: Comprehensive synthesis of human brain studies reveals few male-female differences beyond size

“How different are men and women’s brains? The question has been explored for decades, but a new study led by Rosalind Franklin University neuroscientist Lise Eliot is the first to coalesce this wide-ranging research into a single mega-synthesis. And the answer is: hardly at all.”

Except taken from ScienceDaily

This week’s BWN Friday Post highlights a recent study by Eliot and colleagues investigating differences between male and female brains, published in Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews.

Read the full paper here.

The FoVea Speaker List

This week’s BWN Friday post is the FoVea Speaker List. From their website, “The FoVea Speaker List, funded by the NSF, is intended to increase the number of women invited to give talks at conferences and other academic events and more generally increase the visibility of female vision scientists. We especially encourage women of all underrepresented groups to add their names to the list.”