Monday, Jul 24: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
OHBM council as well as the OHBM Program committee is committed to planning a yearly conference that features experts in the field and who can deliver presentations that are topical and relevant to the OHBM membership. These groups are also very conscientious about ensuring that speakers come from diverse backgrounds. However, it is not always clear how to best invite/select these speakers, and moreover, it is not always clear 1) What specific rules or guidelines to use to select speakers. 2) What dimensions of diversity (e.g. gender, ethnicity, geographic, etc) are the most important/relevant to focus on. 3) What “counts” as “diverse”? Moreover, potential event organizers (e.g. symposia, educational courses, brain hackathons, etc) may require more guidance regarding what are the requirements for a diverse speaker line-up. For example, we will discuss pertinent questions from our membership such as: “Is it OK to plan an all male symposium if the speakers are geographically and ethnically diverse?” or “Is it OK to plan an educational course with all North American-based speakers, if the speakers are racially, culturally, and diverse in gender and other factors?”
The Diversity and Inclusivity Committee recently wrote a blog post about what we consider to be the “best practices” for ensuring diversity of speakers on the OHBM blog. In this post, we encourage symposia organizers to consider diversity in age, culture, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, political beliefs, profession, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status factors. We would like to continue this discussion at the 2023 annual meeting.
1) Gain information about the current requirements for submitting a symposium or roundtable at OHBM
2) Learn about recommended “best practices” for organizing a diverse group of speakers for a symposium or conference
3) Obtain knowledge about diverse experiences at OHBM by hearing perspectives from members in Europe, Asia, and the North and South America
Our target audience is all OHBM members
Dr. Barrios will discuss his views as a senior researcher from Mexico.
Fernando Barrios, Ph.D.
, UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTONOMA DE MEXICO
Instituto de Neurobiología
Dr. Hansen P. de Moraes will discuss her views as a junior post-doctoral fellow from Brazil.
Fernanda de Moraes, PhD
, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Instituto de Física
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
Dr. Hyang Woon Lee will discuss her experiences at OHBM as a clinical researcher from South Korea.
Dr. Maryam Ziaei will discuss her experiences at OHBM as an Iranian-Australian scientist, currently living in Norway.