Acknowledging equality and diversity

Equality in scientific program participation:

ANS Hobart 2016 conference

Prior to ANS 2016 the ANS local organising committee and ANS council identified a strong need for greater participation by female early-career researchers. Gender balance was carefully considered for oral sessions by the programming committee and the resulting programme achieved a 30% representation of female scientists across symposia, involving;

  • 13 early-career researchers
  • 12 mid-career researchers
  • 11 associated professor or professor level

Despite these assessments however, ANS wishes to acknowledge that plenary representation for Hobart 2016 was less than ideal.

In light of these findings, ANS has identified a greater need for the nomination of female scientists for plenary talks to allow the council to maintain a more equal gender balance at future ANS meetings.

Sydney 2017

2 female and 2 male plenaries confirmed.

Thanks to Ruth Empson for providing the ANS Hobart 2016 data.