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Conference scheduling undermines diversity efforts

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Fig. 1: Patterns in the targeted audiences, formats and scheduling of diversity-focused events.

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Burnett, N.P., King, E.E., Salcedo, M.K. et al. Conference scheduling undermines diversity efforts. Nat Ecol Evol 4, 1283–1284 (2020).

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