ALBA Webinars: Expanding definitions of diversity

  • Beyond the lab: The LGBTQ+ neuroscientist's journey

    Academia has been a terrain marked by enduring challenges for LGBTQIA+ individuals, including a lack of visibility, underrepresentation, and discriminatory workplaces. While strides have been taken to address these issues, many barriers persist. In this webinar organised by the ALBA Gender & Sexual Diversity Working Group, a diverse panel of speakers, each at distinct career stages, will investigate the progress achieved thus far and discuss the course for an inclusive future.

    26th October 2023

    More information on this webinar can be found here.
  • Workplace Experiences of LGBTQIA+ Academics in Psychology, Psychiatry, and Neuroscience

    Legal protections in the United States based on gender and sexual orientation have expanded in recent decades, however, people identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual (LGBTQIA+) continue to face bias and discrimination in the workplace. In this webinar, Dr David Pagliaccio (New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University, USA) discusses findings from his recently published pre-print on workplace experiences of discrimination faced by LGBTQIA+ individuals and reporting mechanisms in the US.

    30th June 2023

    More information on this webinar can be found here.
  • Exposing the Impostor Phenomenon in neuroscience

    Dr Andrei Cimpian (NYU, USA) and members of the ALBA Imposter Syndrome (IS) Taskforce led the discussion on the manifestation of IS in the academic community while providing insights into the different factors that contribute to its persistence. They also discussed results (133) from an anonymous survey sent beforehand to the general public as a way to self-assess how they relate to the phenomenon.

    27th June 2022

    More information on this webinar can be found here.
  • Artificial intelligence and Racism – What are the implications for scientific research?

    Shakir Mohamed (senior research scientist, DeepMind, UK) gave a keynote speech and illustrated the ways in which race is entangled in AI research using examples from healthcare, language technologies and policing. This was followed by a discussion on the types of technologies we can or should develop, bias in data, how we measure performance, and where scientific responsibility lies.

    7th March 2022

    More information on this webinar can be found here.
  • Navigating academia as an LGBTQIA+ neuroscientist

    Organised at the 2021 FENS Regional Meeting, this special event featured a panel of established neuroscientists who identify as LGBTQIA+. They discussed the key challenges and biases faced by the community at the workplace and outlined actions to promote equal opportunities and work environments that afford them safety and respectful visibility.

    26th August 2021

    More information on this webinar can be found here.
  • Do I have to act like a man to succeed in science?

    ALBA partnered with the Heidelberg Pain Consortium to organise a panel discussion at their 2021 Gender and Science Meet between leading female scientists and young investigators. They examined how a diversity of behavioural, social and leadership attributes and attitudes can best be harnessed to create a professionally-balanced and successful environment, with a perspective to foster gender equality in science leadership.

    9th February 2021

    More information on this webinar can be found here.

One of the key objectives of ALBA is to raise awareness of certain specific forms of bias and discrimination that are sometimes invisible or have received less attention within the spectrum of DEI. Webinars and panel discussions are organised to highlight the biased and racialised ways of thinking in research and academia, and to explore solutions to increase the representation and visibility of individuals across the racial, disability, and gender and sexual diversity spectrum in neuroscience.