Walk the talk: concrete actions to promote diversity in neuroscience in Latin America

Zoom Webinar


Building upon the webinar "What are the main barriers to succeed in brain sciences in Latin America?" (February 2021) and the paper "Addressing the opportunity gap in the Latin American neuroscience community(Silva, A., Iyer, K., Cirulli, F. et al. Nat Neurosci August 2022), this ALBA-IBRO Webinar is the next chapter in our journey towards fostering inclusivity and diversity in neuroscience in Latin America.

The webinar is designed to go beyond theoretical discussions and provide tangible solutions. We will showcase 3-4 best practice case studies, shining a spotlight on real-life actions and campaigns implemented at the institutional level, be it within government bodies, universities, or other organisations. Our goal is to empower neuroscientists across Latin America by equipping them with practical knowledge they can apply in their own institutions and countries.

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Our panelists will present enlightening case studies and best practices, showcasing real-life actions and campaigns implemented at the institutional level within Latin America. These case studies will serve as powerful examples of how concrete actions can promote diversity and inclusion in neuroscience.

Examples of best practices:
  1. COLNE: development of the Colegio Colombiano De Neurociencias (COLNE) in recent years and the significant contributions made by this society to the neuroscience research community in Colombia. 

  2. The Social Inclusion Program of the University of Sao Paulo: implemented by the Pro-Rectorate for Inclusion and Belonging at the University of Sao Paulo, this program proposes, coordinates and supports inclusive policies pertaining to equity, intersectionality, mental health and accessibility for students, faculty, and staff.

  3. The Micaela Law in Argentina: named after Micaela Garcia, a victim of femicide, this law - approved by the Argentine Chamber of Deputies in December 2018 - mandates gender training for all state officials and workers - including University staff. 

By examining these initiatives, our panelists will not only provide valuable insights into successful actions and campaigns but also facilitate a discussion on how these approaches can be adapted and implemented in different institutional and national contexts within Latin America. Together, we will learn from these practical examples and empower neuroscientists across the region to drive diversity and inclusion in their own institutions and countries.


🔍 Explore success stories: Dive deep into case studies that exemplify effective strategies to promote diversity in neuroscience. By analysing the practical steps taken and their measurable impact, you'll gain valuable insights into what has worked in different contexts, and what could work in your country, institution, society etc.

🤝 Foster collaboration: Connect with a network of experts and fellow neuroscience professionals who share your passion for inclusivity. Engage in lively discussions, share experiences, and brainstorm innovative approaches to breaking down barriers within the Latin American neuroscience community.

🔬 Identify actionable solutions: Through a comprehensive examination of best practices, you'll uncover techniques and campaigns that can be replicated or adapted to suit your specific institutional or national context. By gaining a nuanced understanding of what works, you can champion change and drive diversity initiatives within your sphere of influence.

📚 Grounded in research: This webinar builds upon the insights gleaned from our previous webinar and the paper "Addressing the opportunity gap in the Latin American neuroscience community," providing a comprehensive and evidence-based approach to tackling the challenges faced by neuroscientists in the region.


  • Adrian Palacios (CINV - Universidad de Valparaiso, Chile) - Chair of the webinar & Chair of the IBRO Latin America Regional Committee
  • Lina Vanessa Becerra Hernández (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia) - President of Colegio Colombiano de Neurociencias - COLNE
  • Elaine Del-Bel (University of Sao Paulo- Dental School of Ribeirao Preto, Brazil) - ALBA Advisor & Member of the IBRO Latin America Regional Committee
  • Ana Quaglino (Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales - Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina) - Secretaria de Promoción de la Equidad y Géneros
  • Ana Silva (Universidad de la República, Uruguay) - ALBA Board of Directors Member & Member of the IBRO Latin America Regional Committee - will give an introduction of the ALBA Network and IBRO


Please note that the webinar will be held in English and there will be written live caption and translation in Spanish. 

This webinar is part of the ALBA-IBRO global diversity webinars and organised with the support of the International Brain Research Organization, a founding partner of the ALBA Network.

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