Since 1919 the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) has functioned as a global platform of scientists from all disciplines and nationalities for co-operation, interaction, and collaboration to promote research, training, and education in biological sciences. To commemorate the completion of 100 years of promoting excellence in biological sciences, IUBS has launched an Online Series of events- webinars & workshops.

Under the aegis of the IUBS Centenary celebrations, the IUBS Working Group on Gender Equality is launching the first webinar of a series on “The Gender Gaps and the Biological Sciences”.


First webinar of a series on “The Gender Gaps and the Biological Sciences”

The series is intended to provide a framework to discuss issues related to different gender gaps within the context of the biological sciences communities towards identifying actions towards gender equity and equality. Among the topics which will be addressed there is gender pay gaps, promotion gaps, funding, and publication gaps, the leaky pipeline, gender lens in research, harassment, and many more topics also triggered and proposed by the IUBS community! 

The first webinar will provide information on the series within the context of the activities of the IUBS Gender Equality Working Group.

The webinar will consist of talks by experts, moderated round table discussion, and a Q&A session.


Date: 25 November 2021

Event Video here

Meet the Webinar Speakers and Moderators


Lucilla Spini bio-anthropologist and a primatologist will introduce the topic and the gender gaps under different aspects of the biological sciences, also by highlighting how different branches (e.g., zoology, plant physiology, ethology) can be subjected to different gaps, obstacles to gender equity, and equality, and different uses of the gender lens. Given that the upcoming International Zoological Congress, IUBS Executive Committee Sarita Maree will provide some insights from the zoological sciences, also by introducing the gender lens in conducting research on animal society to highlight best practices for other studies.

Thereafter, Catherine Jami, Chair of the Standing Committee on Gender Equality in Science, will provide a social scientist’s viewpoint on the gender gaps within scientific career and current international initiatives, and Renuka Badhe, Executive Secretary of the European Polar Board, will address her experience in narrowing gender gaps and promoting gender equality within her roles as a co-founder of the Women in Polar Science Network and her work with EDI initiatives in many national (Diversity in Polar Science UK, Challanger Society, UK) and international organisations like Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR).

Join us for this very important discussion.


Previous Webinars in IUBS Centenary Webinar Series

IUBS Working Group on Gender Equality