Well just saw an announcement for this meeting on Twitter: The First Announcement of The Tenth Annual Meeting of the International Conference on Genomics (ICG
And I hoped beyond hope that they would have a decent representation of women speakers at the meeting. Why did I hope this? Well, in the past, BGI run meetings have had incredibly skewed gender ratios of speakers. See this post for a discussion of their past record: Kudos to the DOE-JGI for organizing a genomics meeting w/ a good gender ratio – no kudos to BGI – yet again
I guess I had hoped that perhaps they would try to change their practices after I and other people criticized them for their past record. So – I went to the web site for the ICG10 meeting advertised in the Tweet. Oh well, silly me for hoping.
On the front page they have 14 speakers they are promoting – all of them male.
|Screen shot from ICG10 web site|
On the announcement page they have a slightly different list where the ratio is 14:1
- Jef Boeke, NYU Langone University School of Medicine, USA
- Sydney Brenner, 2002 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, Singapore
- Charles Cantor, Sequenom, Inc., USA
- Julio Celis, Danish Cancer Society Research Center, Denmark
- Richard Durbin, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
- Leroy Hood, Institute for Systems Biology, USA
- Thomas Hudson, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Canada
- Maria Leptin, Chair of EMBO, Germany
- Maynard Olson, University of Washington, USA
- Aristides Patrinos, J. Craig Venter Institute, USA
- Mu-ming Poo, University of California, Berkeley, USA
- Richard Roberts, New England Biolabs, 1993 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, USA
- Eils Roland, Heidelberg University, Germany
- Mathias Uhlen, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
- Tilhuan Yilma, University of California, Davis, USA
Regardless, this is a consistent pattern of not having an even remotely balanced ratio of male to female speakers at their meetings. And please, avoid their meetings until they change this.