#BWNFridayPost – Women in Neuroscience: A Short Time Travel

This week, we bring you an article by Tiziana Metitieri and Sonia Mele who takes us through time; from the stories of pioneer women neuroscientists, to outlining the initiatives that are in place to raise awareness of existing gender bias, to highlighting the work that still needs to be done.

Read the full article here.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory 2021 Winter Conference: Development and 3D Modeling of the Human Brain

Development and 3D Modeling of the Human Brain Conference

Organisers:
Guo-li Ming, University of Pennsylvania – Perelman School of Medicine
Sergiu Pasca, Stanford University

Invited speakers gender ratio: 9 Women: 12 Men (43%)
Estimated base rate of women in the field: 32.5%*
BWN rating: 4

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

#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.

Current and Future Applications of Network and Control Sciences for Psychiatry – Summer School 2021, University of Tubingen

Current and Future Applications of Network and Control Sciences for Psychiatry

Organisers:
Jasper Bischofberger
Peter Dayan
Birgit Derntl
Andreas J. Fallgatter
Marc Hirt
Hamidreza Jamalabadi

Invited speakers gender ratio: 3 Women: 12 Men (20%)
Estimated base rate of women in the field: 29%*
BWN rating: 2

*Method of estimation: previously established base rate of women in computational psychiatry.

#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.

Complex Networks 2021: The 10th Annual Conference on Complex Networks and their Applications

Complex Networks 2021: 10th Annual Conference on Complex Networks and their Applications

Organisers: Rosa Benito, Hocine Cherifi, & Esteban Moro (General Chairs)
Chantal Cherifi, Luis Rocha, & Marta Sales-Pardo (Program Chairs)

Invited speaker gender ratio: 2 Women: 4 Men (33%)

Estimated base rate of women in the field: 15.1%*

BWN rating: 4

*Method of estimation: previously established base rate of women in neurally-inspired machine learning.