Inclusive Conferences & Events

Conferences are traditionally the main meeting hubs of individuals and/or companies in a certain field. Studies (including Dr Frantzana’s study) have shown that men dominate conference visibility, as they are more likely to request a talk than a poster, more likely to be invited as speakers, and more likely to publish papers. This gender difference in visibility has a negative impact on women’s recognition and progress in their field, and restrains women from specialising and becoming experts of their discipline

Specifically, through her research Dr Frantzana found that women were fewer than men in all the categories of conference participation that she examined. On average, she found: 9% paper authors, 0-1 female invited speakers for every 4 male invited speakers, 7%-12% female poster authors, 1 female workshop or tutorial presenter for every 8-11 male presenters.

And of course, the lack of diversity and inclusion at conferences goes beyond gender.

How Spread the Word can help:

Consultation & Evaluation

This service provides you with guidance on every step of planning, organising, executing, and evaluating an inclusive conference/event. Embedding EDI at every aspect of it: from venue and speakers to name badges and food options.

Resources and/or evaluation analysis report are also available.

For enquiries, please get in touch either by sending a message or by booking a free 15-min consultation call.