ALBA Declaration
on Equity and Inclusion

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213
Organizations
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Members of underrepresented groups face persistent barriers to equitable representation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), particularly at advanced stages. Although the historical basis for and manifestations of underrepresentation vary by group, discipline, and region, there are striking commonalities in the end result – an apparent ‘leaky pipeline’ that drains the talent pool. The cost of this loss of talent is high – for individuals, for research, and for society as a whole.

ALBA is a network of brain scientists committed to fostering fair & diverse scientific communities. We have drafted this document as a resource for concrete, positive, evidence-based actions that individuals and organizations at any level can take to promote equity & inclusivity. We focus specifically on two contributing factors to perpetual underrepresentation in STEM: implicit bias & workplace culture. We believe that adopting the actions below will benefit all members of the research community and the scientific enterprise itself.

We recognize that there are many individuals & organizations who share these goals. We invite you to indicate your support by signing this Declaration.

  • We are all biased. What can we do?

    Commit to recognizing & counteracting bias

    • Establish a working group that includes key stakeholders & members of leadership
    • Have a policy. Adopt a written Equity, Diversity & Inclusion policy. Share it widely
    • Set concrete goals & identify relevant actions
    • Be data-driven. Continuously collect data to monitor progress & test solutions
    • Raise awareness. Provide unconscious bias training
       

    Allyship & advocacy

    • Amplify the voices of minoritized colleagues in both formal and informal settings
    • Nominate individuals from diverse backgrounds for prestigious events, awards, & recognition
       

    Selection, hiring, and assessment

    • Proactively solicit applications from underrepresented groups
    • Ensure balanced committee representation to minimize biased gatekeeping
    • Use consistent, well-defined evaluation criteria
    • Learn to identify and avoid biased language, for example in letters of recommendation, teaching evaluations, etc.
    • Consider double-blind reviewing or separate streaming of applications to strive for equitable success rates
  • An inclusive workplace culture is a healthy environment for all

    Establish a positive workplace environment

    • Adopt and enforce a code of conduct
    • Follow the Singapore Statement on Research Integrity
    • Endorse the DORA Declaration on Research Assessment
    • Provide onboarding/orientation for new employees to navigate organizational & local cultural norms
    • Establish a mentoring system
       

    Promote healthy work-life balance

    • Schedule all events during appropriate working hours
    • Allow for flexible hours and teleworking where possible
       

    Establish transparent career structures

    • Implement clear advancement criteria
    • Ensure equal pay for equivalent positions
    • Ensure equitable service loads for teaching, advising, and committees
    • Explicitly recognize service contributions
    • Consider broadening career paths to provide opportunities beyond PI role
    • Facilitate access to child/family care (through onsite facilities and/or subsidization where possible)

Signatures

Organizations (
213
)

500womenscientists, International

Addiction Institute of Mount Sinai, United States

Alzheimer's Research UK, United Kingdom

American Institute of Biological Sciences - Scientific peer Advisory & Revien Services (AIBS-SPARS), United States

Australasian Neuroscience Society, Australia

Bangor Imaging Unit, United Kingdom

BarcelonaBeta Brain Research Center, Spain

Basic Neurosciences - Neurosciences fondamentales - UNIGE, Switzerland

Bath Spa University, United Kingdom

Belgian Brain Council, Belgium

Belgian Society for Neuroscience, Belgium

Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience, Germany

BeWiSe Belgian Women in Science, Belgium

Black British Professionals in STEM (BBSTEM), United Kingdom

Blckb Applied Neuroscience, Europe

Bordeaux Neurocampus - Université de Bordeaux, France

Brain Center - UMC Utrecht, Netherlands

Brain Cognition Behaviour (BCB-NL), Netherlands

Brain Research Society of Finland (BRSF), Finland

BrainsCAN, Canada

British Neuroscience Association, United Kingdom

Cajal Institute, Spain

Cambridge Neuroscience, United Kingdom

Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN-ACN), Canada

Center for Learning and Memory - The University of Texas at Austin, United States

Center of Excellence in Neurobiology of Addiction, Pain and Emotion (NAPE) of the University of Washington, United States

Central European Institute of Technology at Masaryk University (CEITEC MU), Czech Republic

CERVO Brain Research Centre, Laval, Canada

Chilean Society for Neuroscience, Chile

CNC-Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Portugal

CNS-NYU Center for Neural Science, United States

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), United States

Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 1089 on Synaptic Micronetwoks in Health and Disease, International

COLNE, Colombia

Cosyne, United States

Czech Neuroscience Society, Czech Republic

Department of Neurology - Massachusetts General Hospital, United States

Department of Neuroscience - Yale School of Medicine, United States

Department of Neurosciences - KU Leuven, Belgium

Developmental Neurobiology - King's College London, United Kingdom

Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Netherlands

Duke Neurobiology, United States

Dutch Neurofederation, Netherlands

EAN – European Academy of Neurology, Europe

Edinburgh Neuroscience - The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC), Israel

EJN European Journal Neuroscience, Europe

EMEAC-IFCN - Europe, Middle East and Africa Chapter of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology, International

Ernest J. Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience, United States

Ernst Struengmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience, Germany

ETH Zurich Institute for Neuroscience, Switzerland

EU-LIFE, Europe

European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS), Europe

European Behavioural Pharmacology Society (EBPS), Europe

European Brain and Behaviour Society (EBBS), Europe

European Chapter - International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology (EC-IFCN), Europe

European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP), Europe

European Federation of Neurological Associations (EFNA), Europe

European Paediatric Neurology Society (EPNS), Europe

European Sleep Research Society (ESRS), Europe

European Society for Neurochemistry (ESN), Europe

Federación Latinoamericana de Neurociencias y el Caribe (FALAN), International

Federation of Asian-Oceanian Neuroscience Societies (FAONS), International

Federation of European Physiological Societies (FEPS), Europe

FORTH Institute of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology (IMBB), Greece

GAMIAN-Europe, Europe

GDR Mémoire, France

Georgian Neuroscience Association, Georgia

German Neuroscience Society (GNS), Germany

Grenoble Institut des Neurosciences (GIN), France

Healthy Brains, Healthy Lives (HBHL), McGill University, Canada

Heidelberg Pain Consortium, Germany

Hellenic Society for Neuroscience (HSfN), Greece

HiLIFE - Neuroscience Center - University of Helsinki, Finland

Hotchkiss Brain Institute - University of Calgary, Canada

IBRO-SIMONS Computational Neuroscience Imbizo, Africa

Icelandic Society for Neuroscience, Iceland

Indian Academy of Neurosciences (IAN), India

Institut de neurobiologie de la méditerranée (INMED), France

Institut de Neurociències UB, Spain

Institut de Neurosciences Cognitives et Intégratives d’Aquitaine (INCIA), France

Institut du Cerveau – Paris Brain Institute, France

Institut du Fer à Moulin (IFM), France

Institute for Interdisciplinary Neuroscience (IINS), France

Institute for Neurosciences, cognitive sciences, neurology and psychiatry (INSERM), France

Institute of Neuroscience of the National Research Council, Italy

Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience - King's College London, United Kingdom

Instituto de Medicina Molecular (iMM), Portugal

Instituto de Neurobiología (UNAM), Mexico

Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante, Spain

Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (Yale INP), United States

International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society (IBANGS), International

International Parkinson Disease Genomic Consortium Africa (IPDGC- Africa), Africa

International Regulatory Peptide Society (IRPS), International

International Society for Neuroethology, International

International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS), International

Iranian Neuroscience Society, Iran

IST Austria, Austria

Italian Group for the Study of NeuroMorphology (G.I.S.N.), Italy

Italian Society for Neuroscience (SINS), Italy

ITMO NNP - Multi-Organization Thematic Insitute for Neurosciences, Cognitive sciences, Neurology and Psychiatry, France

Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, United States

Kavli Institute for Neuroscience - Yale School of Medicine, United States

Kenya Society of Neuroscientists (KSN), Kenya

Korea Brain Research Insitute (KBRI), South Korea

LBI - KU Leuven Brain Institute, Belgium

Leibniz-Institut für Resilienzforschung (LIR) gGmbH, Germany

Lille Neurosciences & Cognition (LilNCog), France

Malaysian Society of Neurosciences (MSN), Malaysia

Malian Society of Neuroscience, Mali

Malta Neuroscience Network (MNN), Malta

Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, United States

Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Germany

Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Germany

Michigan Neuroscience Institute, The University of Michigan, United States

Middle East/North Africa Sub-regional Committee (IBRO-MENA), International

MindCORE at the University of Pennsylvania, United States

MRC Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, King's College London, United Kingdom

National Neuroscience Society of Romania, Romania

NCCR-Synapsy, Netherlands

Neurocentre Magendie, France

Neurolab NL, Netherlands

Neuromatch, International

Neuromatch Academy, International

Neuromatch Conference, International

Neuroscience and Behavior (NSB) Graduate Program - University of Massachusetts Amherst, United States

Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute, Canada

Neuroscience Department - Carleton University, Canada

Neuroscience Graduate Group (NGG) at the University of Pennsylvania, United States

Neuroscience Institute - The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

Neuroscience Institute Cavalieri Ottolenghi (NICO), Italy

Neuroscience Ireland, Ireland

Neuroscience Society of Nigeria, Nigeria

Neuroscience Society of Turkey (tübas), Turkey

Neurosciences - GIGA - ULiège, Belgium

NeuroTech-NL, Netherlands

Norwegian Neuroscience Society - NTNU, Norway

NutriNeuro, France

NVP Dutch Society for Brain and Cognition, Netherlands

NYU Langone Health’s Neuroscience Institute, United States

Oxford Neuroscience, United Kingdom

Pasqual Maragall Foundation , Spain

Pharmacology Institute - Heidelberg University, Germany

Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT, United States

Polish Neuroscience Society (PTBUN), Poland

Portuguese Society for Neuroscience (SPN), Portugal

Project Encephalon, International

Research Center on Animal Cognition (CRCA), Centre de Biologie Intégrative (CBI) de Toulouse, France

Research Institute Brain and Cognition - University of Groningen, Netherlands

RIKEN Center for Brain Science (CBS), Japan

Russian Society for Neuroscience, Russia

Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, United Kingdom

Salk Institute for Biological Studies, United States

School of Mind, Brain and Behavior - University of Arizona, United States

School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience (PPN) - University of Bristol, United Kingdom

School of Psychology - Bangor University, United Kingdom

Serbian Neuroscience Society (SNS), Serbia

SickKids Research Institute, Canada

Simply Neuroscience, International

Slovak Society for Neuroscience, Slovakia

Sociedad Argentina de Investigación en Neurociencias (SAN), Argentina

Sociedad de Neurociencias del Uruguay (SNU), Uruguay

Société des Neurosciences, France

Society for Neuroscience Ottawa Chapter, Canada

Society for Research in Nicotine and Tobacco, International

Society for the Neural Control of Movement, Switzerland

Spanish Society of Neuroscience (SENC), Spain

Sussex Neuroscience, United Kingdom

Swiss Society for Neuroscience (SSN), Switzerland

The Douglas Research Centre, Canada

The Egyptian Network of Neurodegenerative Diseases (ENND), Egypt

The European University of Brain and Technology (NeurotechEU), Europe

The France cerebellum club, France

The Francis Crick Institute, United Kingdom

The Friedman Brain Institute, United States

The Helsinki Brain and Mind Network, Finland

The International Society of Neuropathology, International

The Japan Neuroscience Society, Japan

The Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, United States

The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital), Canada

The STEM Village, United Kingdom

The UK Dementia Research Institute, United Kingdom

Trend in Africa, Africa

Trisomy 21 Research Society (T21RS), Netherlands

UCI Brain, United States

UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, United Kingdom

UCL Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging, United Kingdom

ULB Neuroscience Institute, Belgium

UMONS Research Institute for Health Science and Technology, Belgium

VIB - Flemish Institute for Biotechnology, Belgium

Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging, United Kingdom

WILEY, International

Women in Neuroscience Repository (WiNRepo), International

World Wide Neuro, International

World Women in Neuroscience (WWN), International

Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute - Stanford University, United States

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Acknowledgments

We thank Karin Holm, the FENS-Kavli Network, the ALBA team, Black in Neuro, the LGBTQIA+ working group, SfN's D&I subcommittee, FENS and IBRO leadership, and many others for their contributions to this Declaration.

Special thanks to the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for financial support and the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown for design services.

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