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Stop gender discrimination in science.

    1. Anna Krylov
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      Anna Krylov

      Pasadena, CA

Dear Colleague:

It happened again ---  another major theoretical chemistry conference features an all-male program. One of us began boycotting such conferences 14 years ago and can't believe that 14 years later we are still seeing such overt discrimination. This time it is the 15th International Congress of Quantum Chemistry (ICQC, http://www.icqc2015.org); conducted under the auspices of International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science  (http://www.iaqms.org), which will be held in Beijing, China. As of 02/15/2014, the program features 24 invited speakers and 5 chairs and honorary chairs and does not include a single woman.

Are there no women in theoretical chemistry? Hardly. The Women in Theoretical Chemistry web-directory (http://iopenshell.usc.edu/wtc) lists more than 300 female scientists holding tenured and tenure track academic positions or equivalent positions in industry and other research establishments pursuing research in theoretical and computational chemistry, biochemistry, material science, as well as theoretical molecular/atomic physics and biophysics. Many of these women are far more distinguished than many of the men being invited to speak at these conferences.

Feeling as fed up and frustrated as we do? Add your voice to ours by signing this open letter denouncing this biased practice, which we had hoped would be obsolete long ago (it will take less than a minute).

Thank you for your for your support.

Prof. Emily Carter, Princeton University
Prof. Laura Gagliardi, University of Minnesota
Prof. Anna Krylov, University of Southern California


By signing this, I condemn gender-biased discriminatory practices of which ICQC-2015 is the most recent example. I do not endorse and indeed recommend boycotting this conference.

To:
Scientific community
Stop gender discrimination in science.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Petition was closed on 03/18/2014

      Anna Krylov
      Petition Organizer

      The ICQC organizers amended the list of invited speakers and apologized (read here for details: http://iopenshell.usc.edu/wtc/ICQC/icqc_story.html). Thus, we have called off the boycott and encourage scientists to attend ICQC-2015 in Beijing. We would like to thank everyone for their support that helped the change to happen.

      Emily Carter
      Laura Gagliardi
      Anna Krylov.

    2. Reached 1,500 signatures
    3. RSC coverage

      Anna Krylov
      Petition Organizer
      Chemists call for conference boycott over all men shortlist

      © Shutterstock Almost a thousand scientists have signed a petition protesting against gender discrimination at a flagship chemistry conference and calling for a boycott of the event. The conference in question is the 15th International Congress of Quantum Chemistry (ICQC) to be held in Beijing in June next year.

    4. Reached 1,000 signatures
    5. Updates are available on the new webpage

      Anna Krylov
      Petition Organizer

      Check for the most recent developments and relevant posts here:
      http://iopenshell.usc.edu/wtc/ICQC/icqc_story.html

    6. Reached 750 signatures
    7. Reached 500 signatures
    8. CCL discussion

      Anna Krylov
      Petition Organizer

      Read this write-up by Prof. Chris Cramer, in response to discussion in CCL:
      http://pollux.chem.umn.edu/CompChemGenderEquity_140216.html

    9. The list of speakers is taken off the website.

      Anna Krylov
      Petition Organizer

      Our action is taking effect - the organizers took off the list of speakers off the website. Good first step.

    10. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Naomi Halas HOUSTON, TX
      • 29 days ago

      As scientists we must speak out about this, there is no reason for these antiquated attitudes to continue in any field.

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    • Abraham Stein BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
      • 29 days ago

      Lo derechos de la mujer y del hombre deben ser iguales

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    • Ian Carmichael NOTRE DAME, IN
      • about 1 month ago

      I too had hoped that such discriminatory practices would have long disappeared, but unfortunately still encounter it in this (conferences) and other (appointments, awards, committees, panels, etc) realms of science myself. I’ve heard it being “excused” as folks, usually senior males, being “well-intentioned but oblivious” (and have seen this behavior first-hand) but have also been faced with the more direct misogynistic approach. All success to your efforts.

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      • about 1 month ago

      Stop gender discrimination in science.

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      • about 1 month ago

      I thank the three professors to raise this issue and creating awareness in the scientific community

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