Genome Engineering #GESB16 in Gent – for Men Only #YAMMM

So I just got an invite to this meeting:

Looks interesting.  Not that I work in the field.  But I decided to check it out.

So I went to the website.

Blech.

Here are screenshots of the “Top Speakers”

32 speakers.  30 of which are men. *

That comes to 6% female, 94% male.  Not a good thing.  Shame on VIB Conferences and shame on the sponsors

I plan to send complaints to these sponsors to let them know I do not believe they should be sponsoring a meeting with such a clear gender bias.  
I also am going to register the meeting at Gender Avenger.

* I realize it is not always possible ot identify people’s gender from names and appearances.  I looked up.  I looked at all the more detailed descriptions of the speakers to see how they were described (as in, what pronouns were used).

UPDATE 11-28-2015

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About Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

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