About

The ALBA Network is running its first election to appoint 3 new members to the ALBA Board of Directors. With this call for nominations, ALBA aims to enhance the diversity of its leadership. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

The ALBA Board of Directors is the governing body of the ALBA Network. It is composed of 12 members, including the Chair, Past Chair and Chair-elect, each serving a 3-year term. Board members work in close collaboration with the Chairs to guide ALBA activities and to set priorities.

Find out more here.

Mission

Founded by a group of leading scientists, the ALBA Network aims to promote equity 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

Why ALBA?

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.

Definition of diversity

The ALBA network believes that diversity is a fundamental component of excellence in brain sciences, and that access to education, training, resources, mentorship- and jobs should be based on an individual's potential, not on their sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, nationality, religion- or culture. However, we know inequities exist, and talented scientists are excluded from opportunities in brain sciences because of these factors and personal choices that bear no relationship to their potential to succeed. 

ALBA recognises the geographical, cultural and historical differences in the groups of individuals that are underrepresented across countries and within subfields of brain sciences. We expect the scientific community to present at least the same or even a greater diversity than in their respective countries. We are committed to supporting and advocating for actions and policies that foster equity, diversity- and inclusion in brain sciences across the globe.

How we work

The ALBA Network Leadership is called the ALBA Team. The ALBA Team is led by the Board of Directors and divided into working groups composed of scientists involved in research, education, communication and advocacy. The coordination of each topic is supported by a working group which is chaired by the relevant Director. Working groups consist of ALBA Advisors, Ambassadors and Volunteers. The full list of current ALBA working groups can be found here.

ALBA structure

Team

ALBA Board of Directors

Max-Planck Institute of Psychiatry
Germany
Megan
Carey
Chair Elect of Network
http://careylab.org
Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown
Portugal
Brown University
United States
Carmen
Sandi
Chair of Network
https://lgc.epfl.ch/
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Switzerland

ALBA Ambassadors

Jacqueline
Bracher
YIBRO representative
http://www.neuroscience.uct.ac.za
University of Cape Town
South Africa
Dipesh
Chaudhury
http://www.chaudhurylab.org/
New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD)
United Arab Emirates
Radboud University Medical Center and Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
Netherlands
Jacque Pak Kan
Ip
http://www.jiplab.org
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong SAR China
Gilles
Laurent
http://www.brain.mpg.de
Max Planck Institute fro Brain Research
Germany
University of Pecs
Hungary
Aparna
Suvrathan
YIBRO representative
https://suvrathanlab.org/
McGill University
Canada

ALBA Advisors

Zhejiang University Interdisciplinary Institute of Neuroscience&Technology (ZIINT)
China
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
United States
Oregon Health & Science University
United States

Office

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

Partners

Founding partners

Supporting partners

Other partners

ALBA also partners with other organisations for specific activities.