Having gender balanced conferences, and trying to provide childcare (advice sought!)

April 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

I wanted to attract attention to the call for papers for this conference we are organizing in Amsterdam: http://axiom.vu.nl/cmstwo/index.html

The Classical Model of Science II – The Axiomatic Method, the Order of Concepts and the Hierarchy of Sciences from Leibniz to Tarski (Amsterdam, August 2-5, 2011 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

It has 50% gender balance among invited speakers (4 and 4) and among the scientific committee (13 and 13). It took some effort and time but most of all it is the result of paying attention. We proved it is possible!  I wanted to thank the blog and the gendered conference campaign for raising awareness on this point. It helped me getting clear on how important it is – and it helped me making it clear to everybody involved that this is important.

A question: as said in the call, we are currently investigating child care facilities. Professional child care for the duration of the conference would amount to 3200 euros. If there is need and interest among invited speakers we will try to raise the money but I am not optimistic that we will manage. We were less prone to use students as suggested on the blog, also because legislation and rules on the matter in the Netherlands are quite strict. Is there any grant that you might recommend we apply for, with some chances of success?



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