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Who asks questions at astronomy meetings?

Nature Astronomy volume 1, Article number: 0153 (2017) | Download Citation

Over the last decade, significant attention has been drawn to the gender ratio of speakers at conferences, with ongoing efforts for meetings to better reflect the gender representation in the field. We find that women are significantly under-represented, however, among the astronomers asking questions after talks.

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This work is supported by a National Science Foundation Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship under award AST-1501418.

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  1. Sarah J. Schmidt is at the Leibniz-Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), An der Sternwarte 16, 14482, Potsdam, Germany.

    • Sarah J. Schmidt
  2. James R. A. Davenport is at the Department of Physics & Astronomy, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington 98225, USA.

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