The organizing committee is 17:1 males to females.
And the speaker balance is not much better something like 25:6.
YAMMM (Yet another mostly male meeting).
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To whom it may concern:Got this response
I am writing to express my disappointment in the gender ratio of speakers at this meeting (18 males, 4 females). Due to the skew I am unwilling to participate. See http://phylogenomics.blogspot.com/2014/08/todays-yammm-yet-another-mostly-male.html for details.
Dear Dr. Eisen,
The NAS Committee on Scientific Programs, which oversees the Sackler Colloquia most definitely considers gender diversity when approving these programs. When organizers propose the programs they achieve a good balance on paper. Regrettably, in many fields, women scientists are at a premium and are sometimes overwhelmed with invitations and demands for their participation on programs and committees. For a variety of reasons, including availability of speakers, the final program is not always as optimally balanced as originally intended.
I have conveyed your message to NAS Vice President and Chair of the Committee on Scientific Programs and will also share your concerns with the colloquium organizers and co-sponsor.
National Academy of Sciences
Thank you very much for the response. It is good to hear there is some emphasis on gender diversity when programs and developed. However, in my experience and based on my readings of the literature on this topic, this is not usually sufficient to produce diverse conferences. Do you know if the NAS has any additional policies relating to diversity at conferences. For example, if someone does not accept an invitation, is the organizer of the meeting then free to select whomever they like or are there protocols to help guarantee that the selection of replacements is also diverse? Also do you know if there are any policies relating to the meetings themselves such as child care that have been shown to impact the attendance of women more than men?
Any additional information you have would be appreciated. I think that NAS could and should do more than just review the proposed list of invitees.
@pathogenomenick @gregcaporaso crap - can't believe I left that off — Jonathan Eisen (@phylogenomics) July 25, 2014