# DEI BoF: INCF Assembly - Date/Time: September 13, 2022. 1700--1830 CEST - Format: short presentations + panel discussion - Points of contact: - Malin Sandstrom (malin DOT sandstrom AT incf DOT org) - Ankur Sinha (ankur DOT sinha AT ucl DOT ac DOT uk) - Shailesh Appukuttan (appukuttan DOT shailesh AT gmail DOT com) ## Goals Initial goals are just to bring people together to discuss the state of the neuro-community, and what is being done already, what challenges people have faced when trying to improve D&I. So, we expect people to talk about their experiences, metrics, initiatives, challenges, future plans and so on. We expect a few BoF sessions will be needed before more concrete actions like the formation of a SIG may materialise. ## People/organizations we could invite/involve This is a list of people we can request to be involved, or ask for recommendations from. - [Outreachy](https://www.outreachy.org/) organisers: Ankur e-mailed on 11 July. - [OCNS](https://www.cnsorg.org): Sharon Crook, Fleur Zeldenrust, Volker Steuber: Ankur e-mailed on Aug 5 - [OHBM: Diversity and Inclusion Committee](https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1053811921000197): Ankur e-mailed on Aug 5: **confirmed** - [The ALBA network](https://www.alba.network/) (they have people in the FENS office): Ankur e-mailed `info@alba.network` on Aug 2: Received response, tentatively will attend/speak. - [BiasWatchNeuro](https://biaswatchneuro.com/): Ankur e-mailed on Aug 3: **confirmed** - Other Neuro organizations that have D&I related initiatives - [SfN](https://neuronline.sfn.org/diversity): contact info? - [EBRAINS](https://ebrains.eu/gender-and-equality/): in contact - [BRAINS](https://brains.uw.edu/): Ankur e-mailed on Aug 5 - [IBRO Diversity grants](https://ibro.org/diversity-grants/) - [NASEM action collaborative](https://oge.harvard.edu/nasem): could not find contact info - [Women in Neuroscience (WINRepo)](https://www.winrepo.org/about/) repository of female researchers in neuroscience (read their [Comment](https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/ejn.14397) in EJN about the reactions when they started): **Confirmed** - [Black in Neuro](https://blackinneuro.com/contact): Ankur e-mailed on Aug 5 - Neuromatch community ### Possible discussion points * Citation practices in neuroscience, some good reading and statistics in "The extent and drivers of gender imbalance in neuroscience reference lists" (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32561883/), and a related comment by Adrienne Fairhall and Eve Marder: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41593-020-0667-x * Possible actions (summary from the [EJN paper](https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/ejn.14397) on WINRepo) * ![](https://i.imgur.com/Nas1SHe.png) ### Funding bodies? There does seem to be a tweak in grant requirements that also puts stress on D&I for projects now. - [Wellcome](https://wellcome.org/what-we-do/our-work/diversity-and-inclusion): Ankur e-mailed on 5 Aug - [UKRI](https://www.ukri.org/councils/epsrc/guidance-for-applicants/equality-diversity-and-inclusion-support/): Ankur e-mailed on 5 Aug - [NIH](https://www.edi.nih.gov/): Ankur e-mailed on 5 Aug - [IBRO](https://ibro.org/secretariat/) - [ALBA FKNE YIBRO Diversity Grants](https://www.alba.network/ALBAFKNEYIBROdiversitygrants) A collaboration between FENS Kavli Network of Excellence (FKNE), Young IBRO (YIBRO), FENS, IBRO, the FederaciĆ³n Latinoamericana de Neurociencias y el Caribe (FALAN), the Federation of Asian-Oceanian Neuroscience Societies (FAONS), and the Society of Neuroscientists of Africa (SONA).