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Curating more diverse scientific conferences

Scientific meetings are an opportunity to promote research and researchers. However, despite best intentions, scientific conferences can fall short of reflecting the gender balance and diversity of the communities they serve. Here we discuss initiatives to enhance gender balance and diversity at Cosyne 2020.

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Oswald, AM.M., Ostojic, S. Curating more diverse scientific conferences. Nat Rev Neurosci 21, 589–590 (2020).

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