About us

Our mission

Recently founded by a group of leading scientists, the ALBA Network aims to promote equality and diversity in the brain sciences. 

The goals of the network are to:

  • promote best practices to counteract bias
  • recognize outstanding contributions to science and diversity
  • provide networking and mentoring opportunities to promote careers for members of underrepresented groups. 

These goals will be achieved through:

  • Establishing a Declaration of Best Practices
  • Curating a centralized resource of available data on bias, underrepresentation, and effective strategies
  • Hosting networking events at major Brain Science conferences
  • Establishing awards (e.g. Women in Brain Science/ Diversity Award) with partner sponsors
  • Highlighting success stories of individuals and organizations to create role models
  • Advocacy with policy makers, funding agencies, institutions
  • Creating a mentoring community
  • Collecting a database of scientists as a resource for speaker invitations, award nominations


Alba means sunrise in several languages (e.g., Spanish, Italian). The word, with poetic resonance, evokes the beginning of a new day, when light is emerging to illuminate a new future. 

Naming this network ALBA relates, thus, to the recognition that our scientific communities are commencing to acknowledge the importance of incorporating diversity and ensuring equality in the way we deal with science. 

Although traditionally the field of Neuroscience has been lagging behind in these topics, we consider that we are currently living an extraordinary momentum when progress starts happening.  

Thus, the ALBA Network has the ambition to being an emerging energy that helps catalyzing this promising movement towards a definitive change when all brain scientists will have equal opportunities to thrive.

How we work

The ALBA leadership is divided into working groups dedicated to specific topics or initiatives such as Awards, Events, Best Practices or Communication. Working groups' goals and composition regularly change to achieve the best results in relevant projects. 

The working groups and the overall development of the Network are guided by the ALBA Board of Directors. 

ALBA structure

Our team

The ALBA Network is lead by the Board of Directors and working groups composed of women and men involved in research, education, communication and advocacy in brain sciences.

Our office

The Alba Office is currently hosted in the FENS office. Mathilde Maughan is the ALBA Network Manager.

Our partners

The ALBA Network is supported by the funding partners: FENS, IBRO and SfN

ALBA also partners with other organisations for specific activities.