ALBA Webinar series on region-specific issues

ALBA is launching a webinar series focusing on region-specific issues linked to diversity and faced by underrepresented groups in brain research around the world.

Diversity and inequity have a different meaning depending on a region or country's culture and history. With this series, the ALBA Network wishes to picture a truly diverse and global view on issues faced by underrepresented neuroscientists; but also to discuss possible solutions to these challenges, which would be relevant to particular regions of the world by taking into account their specificity.

  • Latin America

    What are the main barriers to succeed in brain sciences in Latin America?

    24th February 2021

    In this first webinar, ALBA focuses on issues linked to diversity and faced by underrepresented groups in brain research in Latin America. 

    The session was introduced by the chairs: Prof. Carmen Sandi and Prof. Francesca Cirulli. Then Dr. Ana Silvia presented the results of the IBRO-LARC Survey: Evaluation of gender inequities in the Latin American neuroscience community.

    Prof. Elaine Del Bel (Brazil) and Prof. Zulma Dueñas (Colombia) briefly discussed the issues faced by underrepresented groups in brain research in their respective countries.

    In the second part of the event, each panelist introduced a different aspect of the challenges currently faced by underrepresented groups in brain research in Latin America.

    A discussion with the audience followed the presentations.

    Speakers

    anaAna Silva (Laboratory of Neuroscience of the School of Sciences at Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay) - Member of IBRO Latin American Regional Committee 

     

     

    ednaEdna Matta-Camacho (Carleton University, Canada) - Founder & President of the STEM without Borders Foundation

     

     

     

    gregoryGregory Quirk (University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, Puerto Rico) - Recipient of the 2020 Dolores Shockley Minority Mentoring Award

     

     

     

    joseJosé Luis Pena (Einstein Institute, New York, United States) - Member of the Einstein Senate Committee for Diversity and Inclusion

     

     

     

    valeriaValeria Ramirez Castañeda (UC Berkley, United States) 

     

     

     

    ZulmaZulma Dueñas (National University of Colombia, Colombia) - President of COLNE

     

     

     

    Elaine del BelElaine Del Bel (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil) - ALBA Advisor & President of FALAN

     

     

     

     

  • India

    ALBA Session: Bias in Indian STEM

    Saturday 10th April 1:00-3:00 pm CET/ 4:30-6:30 pm IST

     

    ALBA organized a special event on ‘Bias in Indian STEM’ at NeuroFemIndia 2021.

    Prof Shubha Tole (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research); ALBA Advisor; moderated and led the discussion on biases in Indian STEM academia. The panel discussed the main biases that women and minorities in India face as they navigate the academic system.

    Panelists:

    bittuProf. Bittu Rajaraman (Ashoka University) - Bittu is an Associate Professor of Biology and Psychology. He advocates for diversity and inclusion in STEM

     

     

    farahDr. Farah Ishtiaq (Tata Institute for Genetics and Society) - Farah is an Evolutionary Ecologist. She advocates against ageism in Science.

     

     

     

    graceGrace Banu (Project Mukti) - Grace is the first Indian Engineer who is Transgender. She is a Transgender and Caste activist.

     

     

     

    shambhaviDr Shambhavi Naik (Takshashila institution; Cloudkrate) - Shambhavi is a Technology and Policy programme specialist. She is the founder and CEO of Cloudkrate.

     

     

    This event was part of the NeuroFemIndia Online Conference 2021

  • East & South-East Asia

    Diversity in brain research in East & South-East Asia: a gender perspective

    Tuesday 11 May 2021 - 4-5.30 pm CST / 5-6.30 pm JST / 10-11.30 am CEST

     

    In this webinar, ALBA wished to address gender issues in brain research in East and South-East Asia. 

    Despite progress in key areas in some countries, the East & South-East Asia region's record on gender equality is still falling short. Structural inequalities and discriminatory gender stereotypes continue to limit women's equal participation in brain research, especially at senior levels. Discussing these issues also remain taboo. This webinar wished to highlight the various issues linked to gender in some of the major countries in the region, in order to draw similarities and differences; but also to discuss possible paths to the progression of equity.

    Panelists:

    Dipesh ChaudhuryDipesh Chaudhury (New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), United Arab Emirates) - ALBA Ambassador and Chair of the event

     

     

    Hailan HuHailan Hu (Zhejiang University, China) ALBA Advisor and Chair of the event 

     

     

    Jacque IpJacque Ip (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China)ALBA Ambassador and Chair of the event

     

     

    Pike See CheahPike See Cheah (Universiti Putra Malaysia - UPM, Malaysia) - Senior Lecturer & Researcher at the Department of Human Anatomy and Chair of the IBRO Asia/Pacific Regional Committee (IBRO-APRC)

     

    Yukiko GodaYukiko Goda (RIKEN Center for Brain Science, Japan) - Team Leader of the Synaptic Plasticity and Connectivity Lab

     

     

    Linda (Shen) GuLinda (Shen) Gu (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China) - Assistant Professor at the School of Biomedical Sciences

     

     

    Seung-Hee Lee Seung-Hee Lee (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology - KAIST, South Korea)Associate Professor at the Sensory processing Lab

     

     

    Gail TrippGail Tripp (Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology - OIST, Japan) - Professor at the Human Developmental Neurobiology research unit & Vice President for University Community Services & Chair of OIST's Gender, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

     

    Xiaohong Xu Xiaohong Xu (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China) - Head of the Laboratory of instinctive behaviour, Center for excellence in brain science and intelligence technology 

  • Central & Eastern Europe

    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Central and Eastern Europe: challenges and solutions

    Thrusday 26 August 2021 10:30 am CEST

    This event is organised on the occasion of the Virtual FENS Regional Meeting 2021 (Krakow, Poland).

    The session will start with an introduction of the Network and the ALBA Declaration on Equity and Inclusion by Zeljka Krsnik (ALBA Board of Directors; Croatia) and Dora Reglodi (ALBA Ambassador; Hungary).

    The panel discussion constituted from ALBA Members who come from underrepresented groups working in Central and Eastern European Countries will discuss challenges regarding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in academia.

    A discussion with the audience will follow the presentations.

    More information on this event here.