Gender imbalance in science is a long-standing issue that has moved into the spotlight in recent years. There is an urgent need to increase female immunologists’ representation in committees, as experts in decision-making bodies, and as speakers and chairs in international meetings. With this aim, ALACI proposes, as IUIS and other regional associations have, to compile a comprehensive and easily accessible database of female investigators in Latin America and Caribbean countries with expertise in immunology.
We ask all our member societies to encourage their female members to register and create a profile in our “Women in Immunology” database. Experts will be classified according to sub-discipline and experience, to promote young investigators as well as more senior scientists in relevant organizations.
This searchable database is expected to assist scientists, universities, research institutions, political institutions, conference organizers, and journal editors to identify appropriately qualified female immunologists within our region.