We would like to highlight and forward the following invitation by NeuroCure from Charité Berlin:

The partners of METIS* warmly invite you to the first annual METIS Lecture:

Gender Equity: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

with Prof. Virginia Valian

Tuesday, 8. December, 6-8 p.m.

Register for the zoom event at: metis-online@hu-berlin.de

Women and men have different trajectories in academia and in the professions more generally. Overall, men advance faster than women; at work and in heterosexual households, men perform less service than women do. The need to work from home exacerbates inequalities in men‘s and women‘s contributions and rewards. In this talk, Professor Virginia Valian uses two interlocking concepts to explain these gender differences – gender schemas and the accumulation of advantage.

Due to schemas, both men and women are likely to overrate men and underrate women in professional settings, and both men and women expect women to labor for love. The notion of the accumulation of advantage shows the importance of the small inequalities that schemas create – they compound over time, like interest on an investment. Success develops through accumulating small benefits, such as examples of acknowledgment and recognition. To create academic excellence, we need to recognize and respect merit in both women and men. Professor Valian discusses examples of procedures and policies that will maximize inclusion and excellence.

Virginia Valian is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Hunter College – CUNY and is a member of the doctoral faculties of Psychology, Linguistics, and Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City and co-founder and director of Hunter‘s Gender Equity Project.

*NeuroCure is a partner of the METIS project promoting gender equality and family friendliness at research alliances at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin