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Percentages of Conference Invited Speakers Who Are Women

The CSWA recognizes that invitations to present research results at conferences are crucial to speakers' advancing their careers and providing role models for junior conference attendees. Therefore, the committee presents this list of recent astronomy conferences. Tabulated are the percentage of the invited speakers who were women (% W), the number of female speakers (# W), and the number of male speakers (# M). Latest statistics update August 9, 2013; latest text and table update August 9, 2013.

Histogram of the percentage of women invited speakers at astronomy conferences For the "% W" column, a histogram is at right (click for full-size display) and summary statistics are:

 
Minimum: 0.0% Mean: 23.1%
First quartile: 14.0%            Sample size: 141
Median: 22.0%
Third quartile: 32.8%
Maximum: 67.0%

For comparison with these numbers, here are some demographic data compiled by Jim Klimchuk and Joan Schmelz.

American Astronomical Society

  • Members: 25% are women
  • Full members: 18% are women
  • Full and associate members: 19% are women
  • All non-junior members: 18% are women

American Geophysical Union: 25% of members are women

International Astronomical Union: 15% of members are women (12.1% of US members; Cesarsky 2009)

Want to know how many women speakers to expect in an unbiased sample? It may be more than you think! Check this out.

What you can do (this list courtesy of Nick White, Director of Science at NASA GSFC).
  • When you are on scientific organizing committees for meetings please pay attention to diversity when selecting speakers.
  • Project Scientists sponsoring meetings or conferences should also pay attention!
  • Do not be afraid to speak up if you see unconscious bias creeping in!

Our own advice page has added topic 9. Suggestions for Serving on a Scientific Organizing Committee

The Feminist Philosophers blog has a nice discussion on the topic of female representation among plenary conference speakers with its own set of suggestions for conference and workshop organizers here.

Worthwhile advice to invited speakers can be found at this Q & A page entitled, "For gender equity at scholarly conferences".

For conferences located in North America that specify invited speakers and are listed by the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre, this list is complete for the first half of 2013 and for 2012. For conferences located elsewhere, this list is far from complete. If you would like to add a conference, please check the gender of the invited speakers who actually participated and send the information given in each column to the CSWA webmaster. Please remember to include only invited speakers on research topics, no popular lecturers.

Thanks for your help!


% W # W # M Conference Location Date SOC Chair
20 1 4 CARMA Science Symposium Chicago, IL Jul 8, 2013 [No chair specified]
50 9 9 Feeding, Feedback and Fireworks: Celebrating Our Cosmic Landscape Hamilton Island, Australia Jun 24, 2013 Amanda Bauer
25 3 9 AGU Chapman Conference: Crossing the Boundaries in Planetary Atmospheres - From Earth to Exoplanets Annapolis, MD Jun 24, 2013 Amy Simon-Miller & Anthony Del Genio
32 7 15 Massive Stars: From alpha to Omega Rhodes, Greece Jun 10, 2013 Danny Lennon & Alceste Bonanos
35 6 11 Cosmology in the Era of Extremely Large Telescopes Chicago, IL Jun 10, 2013 Changbom Park
38 3 5 IAU Symposium 299: Exploring the Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems Victoria, BC Jun 2, 2013 James R. Graham
21 3 11 First Laboratory Astrophysics Division (LAD) Meeting Indianapolis, IN Jun 2, 2013 [None listed]
23 3 10 222nd AAS Indianapolis, IN Jun 2, 2013 Nicholas Suntzeff
20 3 12 CASCA 2013 Vancouver, BC May 28, 2013 [None listed]
31 5 11 Brown Dwarfs Come of Age Fuerteventura, Spain May 20, 2013 Antonio Magazzù & Eduardo L. Martín
26 9 26 The role of bars in galaxy evolution Granada, Spain May 17, 2013 Isabel Pérez
28 10 26 F.O.E. fifty-one ergs Raleigh, NC May 13, 2013 Jim Kneller
20 5 20 Fifty Years of Seismology of the Sun and Stars Tucson, AZ May 6, 2013 S. C. Tripathy
25 3 9 Fifty Years of Wide Field Studies in the Southern Hemisphere: Resolved Stellar Populations in the Galactic Bulge and the Magellanic Clouds La Serena, Chile May 6, 2013 Andrea Kunder &
Sean Points
18 3 14 Huntsville Gamma Ray Burst Symposium: GRB 2013 Nashville, TN Apr 14, 2013 Michael Briggs
59 10 7 Transformational Science with ALMA: From Dust to Rocks to Planets
Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems Waikoloa, HI Apr 8, 2013 Sienny Shang
0 0 2 13th Divisional Meeting of the High Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD) of the AAS Monterey, CA Apr 7, 2013 Sukanya Chakrabarti
20 11 43 SnowCLUSTER 2013: Physics of Galaxy Clusters Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT Mar 24, 2013 Maxim Markevitch
30 3 7 Infrared and Submillimeter Probes of Gas in Galaxies:
From the Milky Way to the Distant Universe Pasadena, CA Mar 18, 2013 Andrew Harris
33 5 10 Black Hole Fingerprints: Dynamics, Disruptions and Demographics Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT Mar 17, 2013 [No chair designated]
29 5 12 221st AAS Long Beach, CA Jan 7, 2013 Nicholas Suntzeff
39 9 14 Enhancing the Legacy of HST Spectroscopy Baltimore, MD Nov 15, 2012 Alessandra Aloisi
0 0 11 Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XXII Champaign, IL Nov 4, 2012 Carlos Gabriel
24 4 13 Fourth International Fermi Symposium Monterey, CA Oct 28, 2012 [No chair specified]
16 4 21 Frontiers in Star Formation: a conference in honor of Dr. Richard Larson New Haven, CT Oct 26, 2012 Hector Arce, Volker Bromm, & Paolo Coppi
43 3 4 Conference on Intelligent Data Understanding Boulder, CO Oct 24, 2012 Ashok N. Srivastava & Nitesh V. Chawla
14 3 18 50 Years of Brown Dwarfs: from Theoretical Prediction to Astrophysical Studies Ringberg, Germany Oct 21, 2012 Viki Joergens
22 2 7 AAS Division of Planetary Sciences Reno, NV Oct 13, 2012 Nancy Chanover
23 3 10 Radio Stars and Their Lives in the Galaxy Westford, MA Oct 3, 2012 Lynn Matthews
7 1 13 Outstanding Problems in Massive Star Research --the final stages St.Paul, MN Sep 30, 2012 [No chair specified]
40 4 6 30 Doradus: The Starburst Next Door Baltimore, MD Sep 17, 2012 Danny Lennon
6 1 16 Origins of the Expanding Universe: 1912-1932 Flagstaff, AZ Sep 13, 2012 [No chair specified]
22 4 14 Life in the Cosmos Washington, DC Sep 4, 2012 Jeremy Drake
38 6 10 GALEX Fest: Exploring the UV Universe Pasadena, CA Sep 4, 2012 Chris Martin
0 0 21 Forty Years of Black Hole Thermodynamics Jerusalem, Israel Sep 3, 2012 Barak Kol
8 1 12 Double-Diffusive Systems Santa Cruz, CA Aug 27, 2012 [No chair specified]
36 4 7 Workshop on Cosmic Acceleration Pittsburgh, PA Aug 24, 2012 [No chair specified]
43 3 4 Blackhole Feedback 2012 Hanover, NH Jul 30, 2012 [No chair specified]
45 5 6 Gemini Science Meeting 2012 San Francisco, CA Jul 17, 2012 Pauline Barmby
38 3 5 X-Ray Binaries - Celebrating 50 Years Since the Discovery of Sco X-1 Boston, MA Jul 10, 2012 Peter Jonker & Andrea Prestwich
43 3 4 Star Formation and Gas Reservoirs in Nearby Groups and Clusters Schenectady, NY Jul 8, 2012 Rebecca Koopmann
9 1 10 European Week of Astronomy and Space Science Rome, Italy Jul 1, 2012 Roberto Buonanno & Francoise Combes
30 7 16 The Great Andromeda Galaxy: A workshop to celebrate Martin Schwarzschild"s Centennial Princeton, NJ Jun 17, 2012 Tod Lauer
40 4 6 The Baryon Cycle Irvine, CA Jun 14, 2012 James Bullock, Aleks Diamond-Stanic, Molly Peeples
13 3 20 Ultraviolet Astronomy: HST and Beyond Kaua'i, HI Jun 18, 2012 [No chair specified]
17 1 5 Star Formation in Dwarf Galaxies Flagstaff, AZ Jun 19, 2012 Caroline Simpson
25 1 3 AAS Solar Physics Division Anchorage, AK Jun 11, 2012 David Alexander
46 6 7 220th AAS Anchorage, AK Jun 10, 2012 Lee Anne Willson
28 5 13 The Origins of Stars and Their Planetary Systems Hamilton, ON Jun 10, 2012 [No chair specified]
6 1 15 Progress on Statistical Issues in Searches Stanford, CA Jun 4, 2012 [No chair specified]
0 0 11 Summer School in Statistics for Astronomers VIII University Park, PA Jun 4, 2012 G. Jogesh Babu & Eric Feigelson
19 4 17 13th Synthesis Imaging Workshop Socorro, NM May 29, 2012 Amy Mioduszewski
6 1 15 XMM-Newton 2012 Science Workshop: Galaxy Clusters as Giant Cosmic Laboratories Madrid, Spain May 21, 2012 Hans Boehringer
60 3 2 AAS Division on Dynamical Astronomy Mt. Hood, OR May 6, 2012 Douglas Hamilton
32 11 23 Gas Flows in Galaxies Baltimore, MD May 7, 2012 Andrew Fox & Jason Tumlinson
18 6 28 HEDLA2012: 9th International Conference on High Energy Density Laboratory Astrophysics Tallahassee, FL Apr 30, 2012 Marc Pound
25 2 6 Calibration and Standardization of Missions and Large Surveys in Astronomy and Astrophysics Batavia, IL Apr 16, 2012 [No chair specified]
19 3 13 The Faint Early Sun: Paradox, Problem, or Distraction? Baltimore, MD Apr 9, 2012 Jim Kasting & David Soderblom
0 0 18 370 years of Astronomy in Utrecht Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands Apr 2, 2012 Henny Lamers & Vanna Pugliese
67 12 6 Interacting Galaxies and Binary Quasars: A Cosmic Rendezvous Trieste, Italy Apr 2, 2012 Jorge Moreno
38 5 8 The Mass Loss Return from Stars to Galaxies Baltimore, MD Mar 28, 2012 Margaret Meixner
0 0 3 16th International Conference on Gravitational Microlensing Pasadena, CA Feb 15, 2012 Michael Albrow
7 1 14 Science with a Wide-field Infrared Telescope in Space Pasadena, CA Feb 13, 2012 Alan Dressler
16 5 27 Planets around Stellar Remnants Arecibo, PR Jan 23, 2012 T. Henning & A. Wolszczan
38 3 5 Essential Cosmology for the Next Generation 2012 Cancún, Mexico Jan 16, 2012 George Smoot
20 2 8 Exoclimes 2012 Aspen, CO Jan 16, 2012 Nick Cowan
31 5 11 219th AAS Austin, TX Jan 8, 2012 Lee Anne Willson
37 7 12 The First Kepler Science Conference Moffett Field, CA Dec 5, 2011 Matt Holman
0 0 6 Fermi and Jansky: Our Evolving Understanding of AGN St Michaels, MD Nov 10, 2011 Roopesh Ojha
20 3 12 ADASS XXI Paris, France Nov 6, 2011 Carlos Gabriel
31 8 18 LOFT Science Meeting Amsterdam, The Netherlands Oct 26, 2011 Anna Watts
46 6 7 Signposts of Planets Greenbelt, MD Oct 18, 2011 [None given]
38 5 8 Fifth Hinode Science Conference: Exploring the Active Sun  Cambridge, MA Oct 11, 2011 Ed DeLuca
26 8 23 New Horizons in Time Domain Astronomy (IAU Symposium 285) Oxford, United Kingdom Sep 19, 2011 Elizabeth Griffin & Robert Hanisch
40 6 9 Bash Symposium 2011 Austin, TX Oct 9, 2011 Joel Green
14 3 19 2011 SORCE Science Meeting: Decadal Cycles in the Sun, Sun-like Stars, and Earth's Climate System Sedona, AZ Sep 13, 2011 [None specified]
14 4 26 IAU Symposium 284: The Spectral Energy Distributions of Galaxies Preston, UK Sep 5, 2011 Cristina C. Popescu & Richard J. Tuffs
25 3 9 From Atoms to Stars: the Impact of Spectroscopy on Astrophysics Oxford, UK Jul 26, 2011 Stuart Sim
38 10 16 IAU Symposium 283: Planetary Nebulae - An Eye to the Future Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain Jul 25, 2011 Letizia Stanghellini & Arturo Manchado
6 1 16 New Horizons for High Redshifts Cambridge, UK Jul 25, 2011 [None specified]
23 11 36 From Interacting Binaries to Exoplanets: Essential Modeling Tools Tatranská Lomnica, Slovakia Jul 18, 2011 Mercedes Richards
17 5 24 Galaxy Formation: An International Conference Durham, UK Jul 18, 2011 Simon White & Carlos Frenk
33 5 10 Gordon Research Conference on Origins of Solar Systems South Hadley, MA Jul 17, 2011 Mike Meyers
12 1 7 Four Decades of Research on Massive Stars Saint-Michel-des-Saints, QC Jul 11, 2011 Nicole St-Louis
23 3 10 Fifth Coronal Loops Workshop Mallorca, Spain Jun 29, 2011 Ignacio Ugarte-Urra
19 7 29 Supernovae and their Host Galaxies Sydney, Australia Jun 20, 2011 Andy Howell & Chris Lidman
15 7 39 Very Wide Field Surveys in Light of Astro2010 Baltimore, MD Jun 13, 2011 Andrew Ptak and Massimo Robberto
4 1 24 Statistical Challenges in Modern Astronomy V State College, PA Jun 13, 2011 G. Jogesh Babu & Eric Feigelson
17 1 5 2011 AAS Solar Physics Division Meeting Las Cruces, NM Jun 12, 2011 David Alexander
42 8 11 Frontier Science Opportunities with the JWST Baltimore, MD Jun 6, 2011 Wendy Freedman
9 1 10 Los Alamos Space Weather Summer School Los Alamos, NM Jun 1, 2011 Josef Koller
33 5 10 Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA) 2011 London, ON May 31, 2011 Pauline Barmby
25 3 9 218th AAS Boston, MA May 23, 2011 Christine Jones
11 1 8 Science with the SOAR Telescope São Paulo, Brazil May 15, 2011 Robert Blum
18 2 9 COMPSTAR 2011 : School and Workshop, Gravitational Waves and Electromagnetic Radiation from Compact Stars Catania, Italy May 3, 2011 Marcello Baldo & Fiorella Burgio & Hans-Josef Schulze
32 10 21 Dark Matter Baltimore, MD May 2, 2011 Mario Livio
30 3 7 First ILWS/SDO Workshop: The Many Spectra of Solar Activity Squaw Valley, CA May 1, 2011 Phillip Chamberlin
17 5 22 Assembling the puzzle of the Milky way Le Grand Bernard, France Apr 17, 2011 [None specified]
15 4 22 Monsters, Inc.: Astrophysics and Cosmology with Galaxy Clusters Santa Barbara, CA Mar 14, 2011 Andrey Kravtsov, Dan Marrone, Peng Oh
40 2 3 CARMA Sceience Symposium Berkeley, CA Feb 28, 2011 Meredith Hughes
38 3 5 Transport Processes and Accretion in Young Stellar Objects Kreuth, Germany Feb 7, 2011 [None given]
5 1 19 Fast X-ray Timing and Spectroscopy at Extreme Count Rates Champéry, Switzerland Feb 7, 2011 Mariano Mendez
21 4 15 AAS 217th Meeting Seattle, WA Jan 9, 2011 Christine Jones
29 2 5 Star Formation Under Extreme Conditions: the Galactic center Besançon, France Dec 6, 2010 Mathias Schultheis
10 1 9 Multimessenger Emissions from Sources of Gravitational Waves São Sebastião, Brazil Nov 29, 2010 Cecilia Chirenti
13 4 27 The Submillimeter Universe: The CCAT View Ithaca, NY Nov 12, 2010 Gordon Stacey & Jonas Zmuidzinas
14 3 18 Massive Galaxies over Cosmic Time Tucson, AZ Nov 8, 2010 Vandana Desai & Alexandra Pope
13 2 14 Gamma-ray Bursts 2010 Annapolis, MD Nov 1, 2010 Neil Gehrels
13 2 14 Origin of Stellar Masses Tenerife, Spain Oct 18, 2010 Matthew Bate
18 3 14 WittFest: Origins and Evolution of Dust Toledo, OH Oct 10, 2010 Karl Gordon
30 3 7 42nd DPS Meeting Pasadena, CA Oct 3, 2010 Kevin Baines
20 9 35 Conditions and Impact of Star Formation: New Results with Herschel.. Zermatt, Switzerland Sep 19, 2010 [Not specified]
9 2 21 IAU Sym 275: Jets at All Scales Buenos Aires, Argentina Sep 13, 2010 Gustavo Romero
25 3 9 Cool Stars 16 Seattle, WA Aug 29, 2010 Suzanne Hawley
31 5 11 Molecules in Galaxies Oxford, UK Jul 26, 2010 Martin Bureau
12 3 23 Galaxy Clusters Garching, Germany Jul 26, 2010 Rashid Sunyaev
16 3 16 IAUS-272 Active OB Stars: Structure, Evolution, Mass Loss, and Critical Limits Paris, France Jul 19, 2010 Coralie Neiner
36 4 7 Accretion Processes in X-rays Boston, MA Jul 13, 2010 Aneta Siemiginowska & John Raymond
14 2 12 The Multi-Wavelength View of Hot, Massive Stars Liège, Belgium Jul 12, 2010 Peredur Williams
26 7 20 Asymmetric Planetary Nebulae V Windermere, UK Jun 21, 2010 Albert Zijlstra
9 2 21 Detecting Gravitational Waves with Pulsars  Leiden, The Netherlands Jun 21, 2010 [Not specified]
17 4 23 Evolution of Galaxies, Their Central Black Holes, and Their Large-Scale Environment Potsdam, Germany Jun 20, 2010 Peter Schneider & Matthias Steinmetz
14 2 12 Scientific Opportunities for New Instrumentation, Asilomar 2010 Monterey, CA Jun 7, 2010 B-G Andersson
13 2 13 216th AAS & Solar Physics Division Miami, FL May 22, 2010 Lee Hartmann & Todd Hoeksema
9 11 107 CITA@25/Bond@60. The Theory of the Universe and Everything in It Toronto, Canada May 12, 2010 Norm Murray
4 1 27 High Energy Phenomena in Relativistic Outflows II Buenos Aires, Argentina Oct 26, 2009 Gustavo E. Romero
21 4 15 215th AAS Washington, DC Jan 3, 2010 Lee Hartmann
4 1 27 Roger-Chevalier-Fest Pasadena, CA Aug 21, 2009 Alicia Soderberg
50 12 12 IAU XXVIIth GA Special Session 6 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Aug 10, 2009 Régis Courtin
0 0 15 Science with the 8-10 m Telescopes in the Era of the ELTs ... La Palma, Spain Jul 25, 2009 F. Sanchez Martinez
33 2 4 Galaxy Wars: Star Formation and Stellar Populations in Interacting Galaxies Johnson City, TN Jul 19, 2009 Beverly Smith
29 4 10 214th AAS Pasadena, CA Jun 7, 2009 Robert McConnell
40 10 15 The Search for Life in the Universe Baltimore, MD May 4, 2009 Luann Becker & Marc Postman
9 3 30 Sunyaev-Zeldovich Universe and the Future of Cluster Cosmology Waterloo, ON Apr 27, 2009 Niayesh Afshordi
33 3 6 Malaysia09:  Galaxy Evolution and Environment Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Mar 30, 2009 Meghan Gray
23 16 55 Understanding the Dark Sector Aspen, CO Jan 25, 2009 [Not specified]
21 3 11 213th AAS Long Beach, CA Jan 4, 2009 Robert McConnell
25 4 12 Hot Massive Stars:  A Lifetime of Influence Flagstaff, AZ Oct 10, 2008 Phil Massey
33 2 4 Transformational Science with ALMA: The Birth and Feedback of Massive Stars, Within and Beyond the Galaxy Charlottesville, VA Sep 25, 2008 Andrew Baker & Remy Indebetouw

Cesarsky, C. 2009, "Women in Astronomy: IAU Statistics," in Women in Astronomy and Space Science: Meeting the Challenges of an Increasingly Diverse Workforce, Proceedings from the conference held at The Inn and Conference Center University of Maryland University College, October 21—23, 2009, edited by Anne L. Kinney, Diana Khachadourian, Pamela S. Millar and Colleen N. Hartman, p. 43

For conferences located in North America, this list is mainly drawn from The International Astronomy Meetings List, which is based in the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre, operated by the National Research Council of Canada with the support of the Canadian Space Agency. Data for conferences located elsewhere were provided by conference attendees or SOC members, to whom we are grateful.

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