Well, this is certainly very interesting especially given my recent obsession with gender biases in scientific conferences (e.g., see The Tree of Life: Q-Bio conference in Hawaii, bring your surfboard and your Y chromosome because they don’t take a XX) …. A press release from UC Davis (see here: Science, still a man’s world? (VIDEO) :: UC Davis News & Information) describes a newly published study on gender bias in science conferences. The study was published in PLoS One a few days ago:
Isbell LA, Young TP, Harcourt AH (2012) Stag Parties Linger: Continued Gender Bias in a Female-Rich Scientific Discipline. PLoS ONE 7(11): e49682. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0049682
The most disturbing piece of data is shows in Figure 2
So this seems to suggest that when men organize conferences women are much more underrepresented than they could / should be based on #s in the field. Similar to my observations in certain areas.
Some other things I have written on this topic:
- Posts tagged women in science
- The Tree of Life: Diversity (of speakers, participants) at meetings: do …
- The Tree of Life: A conference where the speakers are all women?
- A conference where the speakers are all women? (with tweets – Storify
- “Genomics: the Power and the Promise” meeting – could be called “Men Studying Genomics” instead
- The Tree of Life: Overselling genomics (and men) award #3 …