On behalf of the Women in OHBM Special Interest Group
Over half of OHBM conference attendees are women scientists (according to data from OHBM Executive Staff), and many of them continue to face gender-specific barriers in their work as human brain mappers. To enable members to learn from one another and mutually support career success, we created the Women in OHBM Special Interest Group (SIG), officially recognized as of March 2023.
The product of a 2-year informal consultation process, the Women in OHBM SIG was motivated by a group of mid- and early-career OHBM women scientists with shared interests and challenges around gender equity in terms of scientific impact, career development and work-life balance, among other topics. The SIG aims to provide a community for OHBM women to network, promote mutual career development and facilitate scientific exchange amongst women scientists.
What we do
Motivated by our fellow OHBM members involved in the consultation process, as well as the ever-growing literature and awareness on the gender gap in academia (Casad et al., 2021; Jebsen et al., 2022; Keng, 2020; Romano, 2021), this SIG will augment the OHBM’s efforts in diversity and inclusion. We will set targets that will complement and strengthen the activities of the OHBM Diversity and Inclusion Committee, by promoting women’s achievements and providing networking events for women scientists. We will also complement the OHBM Student and Postdoc SIG in enhancing mentorship for women members and taking mentorship to higher career stages.
Who we are
The current executive team consists of international women scientists:
Who should get involved
We are a SIG for supporting women in the OHBM, with the main focus on women in academia as faculty members or scientists. We are inclusive of OHBM members across all gender identities in the service of channeling support for increased gender equity from everyone in academia. Our success depends on advocacy and support from all genders!
How to get involved
You can help us grow and evolve. If you are interested in finding out more, please stay tuned for our launch event at the 2023 OHBM meeting. Please also stay tuned for us to be listed under OHBM SIGs.
We are currently seeking volunteer executives to help us carry out our activities, including:
If you are interested, please fill out this contact form.