Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Sign In   |   Join ASA or sign up
Sign In


Forgot your password?

Haven't registered yet?

Calendar

10/11/2016
ASA 75th Anniversary Dinner Event

10/13/2016 » 10/15/2016
National Conference on Christian Apologetics, Charlotte, NC

10/16/2016
“From What Has Been Made,” Columbia, SC

10/17/2016
“CRISPR & the Ethics of Human Gene Editing,” Rochester, NY

10/22/2016
“Can a Scientist Believe in Miracles?” Oxford, England

CWIS: Christian Women in Science
Group HomeGroup Home Blog Home Group Blogs

International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences Accused of Sexism

Posted By Alice C. Linsley, Saturday, February 22, 2014
Updated: Friday, February 21, 2014


Bias against women in science reared its ugly head last week when the preeminent conference for theoretical chemistry posted a list of two dozen confirmed speakers without including a single woman.

A group of female scientists promptly called for a boycott, but faced backlash from a prominent chemist who dismissed their efforts as "nonsensical” and "trendy whining about supposed ‘gender inequality.’”

More on that in a bit, but first some background. The International Congress of Quantum Chemistry is held by the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences and scheduled for June in Beijing next year. When the conference revealed its initial speaker list (since taken down from the website), every one was male.

"It happened again — another major theoretical chemistry conference features an all-male program,” reads the boycott petition, which was written by theoretical chemists Anna Krylov, Emily A. Carter and Laura Gagliardi and received 835 signatures within a few days.

Read it all here.


An apology came from the President of The International Congress of Quantum Chemistry. Apologies should be followed by actions to correct wrongs. Let's hope that happens.


Tags:  chemistry  physics  sexism 

Share |
PermalinkComments (3)