Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Today's all male genomics meeting brought to you by Oxford Nanopores

The Tweets about this really say it all so I am just going to embed them here:

Really disappointed in Oxford Nanopores.  Perhaps we can get some of the speakers to cancel on them unless they fix things.
  • Ron Ammar, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Ewan Birney, European Bioinformatics Institute, UK
  • Thomas Hoenen, NIH/NIAID, USA
  • Nick Loman, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Brook Milligan, New Mexico State University, USA
  • Justin O’Grady, University of East Anglia, UK
  • Jared Simpson, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Canada
  • Yutaka Suzuki, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Mick Watson, The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, UK
Update 3/8/15 

Well, after I posted about the Nanopore meeting there were some responses on Twitter. So I made a Storify

So I decided to check the meeting today to see whether they "fixed" anything.

Right now they list 11 male and two female speakers.  So that added two males and two females.  Better ratio.  Still pretty bad.  They really could do better ...


  1. Caltech just interviewed 6 faculty for BE positions.

    1/6 women.
    0/6 minorities.

  2. 5/6 Harvard and MIT postdocs.

    Sorry, my comment was published prematurely

  3. SO pleased to see your tweet on male speakers at the nanopore conference-I am a female MAP participant!! We do exist AND have great projects

  4. Aren't the speakers self-selected? It would be very bizarre for any company to dictate who could and could not present prioritised on gender when the goal is to present results that support the technology.

    I think there are some that are clutching at straws.

    1. umm - usually for meetings like this the speakers are invited by the organizers


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