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What: Gender Diversity: while(f != m) {f++;} A HUB for International Women's Day

When: 18:30-20:30 Wednesday 8th March 2017 (#IWD2017)

Where: Grabengasse 3-5, Building 2170, Groundfloor, Hörsaal 12

Who: A team of people working at several different life-science organisations within Heidelberg are organising HUB, with your help (just get in touch or add your comments to this page).


A HUB to examine the barriers to progression in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) that impact underrepresented groups with a particular focus on gender. Our aims are to look at how HUB is doing and how we can make our meetings more welcoming and diverse. We hope to use a World Cafe format to establish some simple rules for HUB re diversity.

While we will focus on gender issues we hope that any decisions we make at this HUB will be helpful for increasing the participation of other minority groups and we are very open to more HUBs in this area.

18.30-18.40 Welcome Laura
18.40-19.00 Icebreaker - Higher or Lower? Laura/Agnes?
19:00-19.10 Presentation: Do ideas like Quota's work Gerlind?
19.10-19:20 Presentation: How to foster a supportive environment
19:20-19:30 World cafe: How can we make sure HUB is diverse? Choosing table topics
19:30-19:50 World cafe: How can we make sure HUB is diverse? First session
19:50-20:00 BREAK Loo break, swap tables
20:00-20:20 World cafe: How can we make sure HUB is diverse? Second session
20:20-20:30 World cafe: How can we make sure HUB is diverse? Share discussions
20:30-20:40 Wrap up Laura
20.40-........ Off to a bar for a drink and a chat All


Laura Howes Matthew Betts Bronaugh Carey Agnes Holz-Wagenblatt Aidan Budd

Task List

A list of tasks that need to be done on or before the meeting day. Just sign your name to say that you'll do a task, and the same again when the task is done.

To arrange before evening Person responsible Done
Book Room Aidan Done
Create wordpress page
Create the poster
Organise speaker - Gerlind? Laura
Organise speaker
Speak to EMBL legal about whether we can do anon Qs about participants perceptions before and after event Laura/Aidan?
Organise guess the stats icebreaker Laura and Agnes to assemble stats by end of Feb?
Organise World Cafe Facilitators Sign up here by end Feb
OWC Facilitators meet to agree how to avoid derailment Laura to organise
Drinking Water and Cups?
Print & bring HUB poster
A4 signs in plastic envelopes to help people find the room
Print and display poster where relevant
  • BioQuant:
  • EMBL:
  • DKFZ:
  • ZMBH:
  • Zentralmensa:
Advertise on linkedin
Beamer (Is there one in the room that we can use?) Done
Send initial announcement email to HUB All
Send same-day-as event announcement email to HUB All

To do on the evening Person responsible Done
Open the room
Arrange tables/chairs All
Hang up signs to the room
Setup and welcome attendees
Tidy and close room All


At a previous HUB we noticed that all of the speakers were male. In addition, some of the female HUB participants have experienced harassment at conferences and feel that HUB should have a policy on discrimination and harassment. For example, one based on the Geek Feminism policy.

Out of these discussions came the idea for a HUB meeting on gender diversity in bioinformatics that would look at some of the issues, discuss the data, and decide some ways we can make our corner of bioinformatics welcoming and supportive for everyone.

We had our first planning meeting on March 23rd 2016 and a second planning meeting on the 8th February 2017.

Links and materials

- http://www.scienceeurope.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/SE_Gender_Practical-Guide.pdf

- https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/Study?tid=-1