ALBA Webinar series: Region-specific diversity issues

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 while establishing their career; 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.

    More information on this webinar can be found here.

    Following this webinar, the panelists jointly wrote a commentary which reviews the issues currently faced by the Latin American (neuro)science community and outlines key actions on multiple fronts to overcome the barriers impeding their global inclusion, visibility and success. "Addressing the opportunity gap in the Latin American neuroscience community(Silva, A., Iyer, K., Cirulli, F. et al.) was published on 16 August in Nature Neuroscience. Read the article here.

  • India/South Asia

    ALBA Session: Bias in Indian STEM

    Saturday 10th April 2021

    ALBA organized a special event on ‘Bias in Indian STEM’ at the NeuroFemIndia Online Conference 2021

    More information on this webinar can be found here.
  • East & South-East Asia

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

    Tuesday 11 May 2021

    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.

    More information on this webinar can be found here.
  • Central & Eastern Europe

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

    Thursday 26 August 2021

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

    The session started 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 followed the presentations.

    More information on this event here.
  • Middle East & North Africa

    Challenges and opportunities for brain scientists in the MENA region

    Friday 3 December 2021 

    With Arabic subtitles

    The session starts with an introduction of the ALBA Network. This is followed by a panel discussion on the region-specific challenges and diversity issues faced by neuroscientists, as well as success stories and research opportunities in the region. A discussion with the audience follows the presentations. The panel comprises prominent neuroscientists from the MENA region and its diaspora.

    More information on this event here.
  • Africa (Sub-Saharan)

    What it takes to succeed as a neuroscientist in Africa

    2nd February 2022

    In this webinar, ALBA & World Women in Neuroscience wish to address diversity issues across the Sub-Saharan African neuroscience community. The panel discussion will explore the challenges and biases faced by neuroscientists while establishing their careers in the region, as well as the strengths present in the region - which can be exploited to find solutions.

    This webinar is organised in partnership with World Women in Neuroscience.

    More information on this event here.

ALBA-IBRO global diversity webinars

Proudly supported by IBRO, these webinars leverage and build upon previous ALBA webinars of this series to assess works in progress and outstanding needs in each region, and where possible, generate a set of evidence- based recommendations for consideration by the relevant stakeholders. 

  • A Toolkit to Succeed in Neuroscience in Africa

    Organised in partnership with World Women in Neuroscience (WWN) and Southern African Neuroscience Society (SANS), this webinar aims at creating a guide to the skill set needed to be a neuroscientist in the African continent. Chairs and panelists illustrate different areas of expertise as part of the “toolkit” by matching them to real-life experiences and solutions that they had to find while building their careers as scientists. Discussions are centered around four themes - career development, funding, setting up your own group, self-care.

    1st March 2023

    More information on this webinar can be found here.

The ALBA-IBRO global diversity webinars is organized with the support of the International Brain Research Organization, a founding partner of the ALBA Network.

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