Sexism plagues major chemistry conference: Boycott emerges amid growing outrage

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.’”

[ via Salon ]

Chemists call for boycott over all-male speaker line up

An open letter on the website Change.org has called for a boycott of the 15th International Congress of Quantum Chemistry (ICQC), to be held in Beijing in June 2015. The move came after a list was posted on the conference website that allegedly showed no women among 24 speakers and five chairs and honorary chairs. The list, screenshots of which were seen by Nature, has since been taken down.

[ via Nature News ]

Harvard’s WECode conference welcomes more women into tech

More than 250 attendees flocked to the inaugural event for keynotes, panel discussions, workshops, and shorter ‘lightning’ talks from prominent women in the innovation and technology sectors.

[ via The Boston Globe ]

20 must-attend tech conferences for female entrepreneurs in 2014

Earlier this month, I asked members of the Young Entrepreneur Council about the top events for founders in 2014. But we thought we’d dive a little deeper and get opinions from our female members. We asked 20 women of YEC the following question: What is one must-attend conference or event you’re looking forward to in 2014, and why?

[ via The Next Web ]

Puppet Labs is giving away 5 free tickets to PuppetConf for women in IT/ops/sysadmin

PuppetConf also includes a women’s breakfast, 8am to 9am on Friday morning, where you can meet other women interested in systems administration. It is open to all self-identified women attending PuppetConf.

[ via Ada Initiative ]

10 fellowships for women to attend the Open Hardware Summit

This year the Summit team is excited to team up with the Ada Initiative to offer five Open Hardware Fellowships for women. These fellowships include a $500 travel stipend and admission to the Summit. In addition there will be five Fellowship tickets for women for admission (sans travel stipend) to the Summit.

[ via Ada Initiative ]

It’s Time to ‘Lean in’ and Do Something About Diversity at Tech Events

So diversity shouldn’t be seen as a ‘women’s issue'; it’s about ensuring conference panels reflect the audiences they’re talking to. Inviting speakers from a wide range of backgrounds might bring a different point of view to the conference, which helps making talks and panels a lot more interesting.

[ via The Huffington Post UK ]

AWIS will host ‘Women in Bioscience’ conference

As this year’s theme of “Discovering New Heights” suggests, the conference invites scientists at all career levels to network and learn about various career opportunities in the sciences. AWIS-San Diego will also be awarding scholarships to outstanding students at the event.

[ via San Diego Community News ]

Jennifer Lawton, President of MakerBot, to Keynote 2013 Women Tech Awards

Jennifer Lawton represents the great things women are doing in technology. 3D printing is leading the Next Industrial Revolution and changing design and prototyping as we know it today. Lawton is at the forefront of that industry, helping drive one of the top 3D printing companies in the world. MakerBot is headquartered in Brooklyn, N.Y., and, was founded in 2009. The company was recently acquired by Stratasys for more than $400M.

[ via The Denver Post ]