There is widespread, reasonable concern that, when people just think of potential seminar invitees off the tops of their heads, they tend to think of men. Same goes for thinking of peer reviewers or award nominees; see these posts by Gina Baucom and Meghan for discussion. That concern was the motivation for creating the very handy DiversifyEEB list.
I recently linked to an interesting compilation of data on gender balance of invited speakers in economics. I thought it would be very interesting to compile these data for ecology and evolutionary biology. What is the gender balance of EEB seminar speakers? And how has it changed over time?
I’ve already compiled data answering that question. As usual with my diversity and equity data collection exercises, the hope is to promote diversity and equity by compiling some information on where things currently stand, and how they’ve been changing recently. How much progress has been made in this one small area, and how much more remains to be made? More information is always better than less when it comes to working towards diversity and equity. Data can tell us where the systemic problems are, and whether our efforts to fix those problems are working.
But before I show you the data, I want to know what you think I found. I’m always curious what ecologists know–or think they know!–about diversity and equity in their own field. So please take the two-question poll below.