ALBA Network Webinar on gender issues in brain research in South-East Asia

The ALBA Network is an international initiative that promotes equity and diversity in brain sciences. As part of a global webinar series on region-specific diversity issues, the ALBA Network is holding an online panel discussion focusing on South-East Asia: Diversity in brain research in East & South-East Asia: a gender perspective.

Despite recent progress, the East & South-East Asia region's record on gender equality is still falling short. Stereotypes continue to limit women's equal participation in brain research, especially at senior levels. This webinar aims to highlight the various issues linked to gender in brain sciences in the region and to discuss possible paths to equity.

Tuesday 11 May 2021 at 4 pm CST / 5 pm JST / 10 am CEST.

The session will be chaired by:

Prof Hailan Hu (Zhejiang University, China - ALBA Advisor)
Dr Dipesh Chaudhury (New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), United Arab Emirates - ALBA Ambassador)
Dr Jacque Ip (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China - ALBA Ambassador)

The panelists will explore the various challenges linked to gender in brain research in their country and share their experience concerning these issues. Prof Gail Tripp will then discuss potential ways of tackling these issues.

A discussion with the audience will follow the presentations.

For all information on the event, please visit
Registration is free but compulsory. Register here

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Staying Connected Neuro – Australia

June - August 2021

Against the background of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of opportunities available for ECRs to participate in and present their research at national and international meetings/ conferences has significantly reduced. To address this, a virtual seminar series, Stay Connected Neuro, was organised in 2020 in North America to give PhD students and postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to present their research. Given the ongoing issues with domestic travel and restrictions imposed on international travel, we would like to organise a similar seminar series in Australia to be held from June to August in 2021.

For this series, each session, to be held on Fridays (4-5pm), will host two ECRs who will present their research findings (recently published/unpublished data) in 15-20 mins time slots followed by 15-20 mins of questions and feedback. We will put out a call for Applications to present from April to May. Applicants will be asked to submit a 1-page CV, an abstract (200 words), a statement outlining why they would like to present their data and what they hope to gain as well as a summary statement for social media.


Dr Anand Gururajan, University of Sydney
Dr Nicholas Everett, University of Sydney
Dr Caitlin Cowan, University of Sydney
Dr Sarah Baracz, University of New South Wales
Dr Laura Bradfield, University of Technology Sydney
Dr Amy Reichelt, University of Adelaide
A/Prof Jess Nithianantharajah, University of Melbourne
Prof Tony Hannan, University of Melbourne

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Lundbeck Foundation - The Brain Prize Open for Nominations

The Lundbeck Foundation is now accepting nominations for next year's winners of The Brain Prize, the world's largest prize for neuroscience.

Find out about the nomination and selection process here and nominate here: 

The Brain Prize recognizes ground-breaking advances in any field of neuroscience, from basic to clinical research with an award of DKK 10 million (~€1.3M)

Recipients may be of any nationality and working in any country in the world.

Anyone can nominate and the Lundbeck Foundation warmly welcomes nominees and nominators from diverse backgrounds. 

Applications close on 1 September.

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The impact of COVID-19 on women in STEM

The Australian Academy of Science, in partnership with the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, is seeking information on the impact of COVID-19 on women in the STEM workforce in the Asia-Pacific region.

The chair of Steering Committee of this project is Prof Cheryl Prager, Fellow and former Foreign Secretary, of the Academy.     

By Wednesday, 31 March 2021, professionals of all genders from across the Asia-Pacific are invited to:

Submit personal stories 
Complete this survey

Queries about this project should be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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