In an effort to recognise the crucial diversity work undertaken by scientists in the neuroscience community, the ALBA Network and the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence (FKNE) have created a new Diversity Prize. The first one has been awarded to Prof. Erin Schuman and comes with a €2,000 check.
Prof. Schuman has already had a prize-filled year. In January she won the prestigious Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine, but while that prize was for her pioneering work on the role of protein synthesis in memory and learning, her most recent accolade has been awarded for her ongoing dedication to promoting diversity within her field. This work has included pushing for gender balance on recruitment, evaluation and speaker panels, as well as the creation of campus childcare facilities at the Max Planck Institute, where she is currently based. The improvement of working conditions for parents is part of an ambition for gender equality because the burden of childcare most often falls on women. One of her big diversity successes has been the implementation of extended tenure clocks for parents at her previous institution, Caltech.
With the prize, the ALBA Network and the FENS-Kavli Scholars aim to highlight contributions to equality and diversity in the brain sciences. While Prof. Schuman’s commitment has been primarily focused on gender equality, the prize will also recognise efforts centred around equality by, for instance, race, sexual orientation, class and culture. The award is to be given annually and is supported by the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) Committee of Higher Education and Training.(© AcademiaNet)