I guess this would go down in "You Can't Make This Stuff Up" or something like that. A few weeks ago, I posted an anonymous guest post about the lack of female speakers at the Programming for Biology workshop at Cold Spring Harbor Labs: Guest post on Yet Another Mostly Male Meeting (YAMMM) - Programming for Biology
. This got a response from Cold Spring Harbor on Twitter claiming they do work to have diverse speakers at their meetings.
Then I got an email last week inviting me to Cold Spring Harbor meeting on the History of DNA Sequencing with a truly awful gender ratio. So I wrote a blog post about that: Cold Spring Harbor presents the men's only view on the evolution of sequencing
. And also started a discussion about this on Twitter.
And in response to some comments from some of the CSHL Meeting people I decided to look into the past meetings in the same history of science series and was saddened with the incredibly low # of female speakers at all the meetings in this series. So I posted about that ...
And had more discussions on Twitter where CSHL made some claims about these History of Science meetings being a special case (not buying their argument, just reporting what they said).
And I thought I could have a relaxing Fourth of July weekend not spending my time dealing with Cold Spring Harbor Meetings. And then, well, I got an email from CSHL that I just looked at a few minutes ago. This email invited me to one of their "CSHL Asia Conferences".
I clicked on the link and when to the meeting site: Biological Rhythms
and sadly I got sucked into YAMMM (yet another mostly male meeting) land. Here are the details on the organizers and presenters as far as I could sort out. I have labelled people I infer to be likely male in yellow
and likely female in green
. (I note I accept that a binary male vs. female representation of gender is less than ideal
but I think in general this is a useful thing to look and to make some hypotheses for to assess meetings).
- Carla Green, UT Southwestern, USA
- Michael Hastings, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK
- Joseph Takahashi, HHMI/UT Southwestern, USA
- Hiroki Ueda, University of Tokyo/RIKEN, Japan
- Han Wang, Soochow University, China
- Joseph Takahashi, HHMI/UT Southwestern Medical Center, USA
- Ravi Allada, Northwestern University, USA
- Joseph Bass, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, USA
- Deborah Bell-Pedersen, Texas A&M University, USA
- Nicolas Cermakian, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, CANADA
- Xinnian Dong, Duke University, USA
- Yoshitaka Fukada, University of Tokyo, JAPAN
- Carla Green, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA
- Jinhu Guo, Sun Yat-Sen University, China
- Fang Han, Peking University People’s Hospital of Beijing, CHINA
- Qun He, China Agricultural University, China
- John Hogenesch, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, USA
- Zhili Huang, Fudan University, China
- Takao Kondo, Nagoya University/Div. of Biological Science, JAPAN
- Katja Lamia, The Scripps Research Institute, USA
- Cheng Chi Lee, University of Texas Health Science Center Houston, USA
- Yi Liu, UT Southwestern Medical Center, USA
- Chang Liu, Nanjing Normal University, China
- Hugh Piggins, University of Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM
- Till Roenneberg, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, GERMANY
- Louis Ptacek, HHMI/University of California San Francisco, USA
- Hiroki Ueda, RIKEN Kobe Institute, JAPAN
- David Virshup, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, SINGAPORE
- Han Wang, Soochow University, China
- Charles Weitz, Harvard Medical School, USA
- David Whitmore, University College London, UNITED KINGDOM
- Ying Xu, Soochow University, China
- Xiaodong Xu, Hubei Normal University, China
- Erquan Zhang, National Institute of Biological Sciences, China
- Zhangwu Zhao, China Agricultural University, China
So that is 30 speakers. Only 29 of which could I find information on the web to make a hypothesis of gender. Of those 29, I inferred 6 - or 20% to be female. That is just really low for biological sciences. I am sorry Cold Spring Harbor but you are just not doing a good enough job with diversity. Scratch that, you are doing a bad job. Sad to see.