ALBA Declaration on Equity and Inclusion

12 January 2021

IBRO endorses the ALBA Declaration on Equity and Inclusion

IBRO celebrates the launch of the ALBA Network Declaration on Equity and Inclusion. Focused on action to counter barriers of implicit biases and workplace cultures, we join more than 100 institutional endorsements to help secure global equity, transparency and impact in the brain sciences.

– Tracy L. Bale, IBRO President

IBRO is proud to endorse the ALBA Declaration on Equity and Inclusion. This Declaration aims to raise awareness of challenges faced by underrepresented groups in science and academia and to provide a concrete set of actions that individuals and institutions can commit to in order to make their organisations and research communities at large more inclusive. It was modelled on the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) and includes collective feedback from several concerned organisations. The ALBA Declaration focuses specifically on overcoming two specific barriers to equity: implicit biases and workplace cultures.

IBRO and more than 100 major scientific organizations from across the globe such as The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), University College London (UCL), the European Brain Council (EBC), the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence (FKNE), BlackinNeuro, several Max Planck Institutes, the EPFL Brain Mind Institute, the Carney Institute for Brain Science at Brown University, and the Champalimaud Foundation, have already endorsed the ALBA Declaration. Institutions and individuals from around the world are encouraged to indicate their support by signing the Declaration.

• ALBA Declaration on Equity and Inclusion
• Sign the Declaration here:
• Full ALBA Network press release

The ALBA Network will launch the Declaration during a special virtual event on Tuesday, 12th January 2021, at 9am EST/3pm CET, on the occasion of the SfN Global Connectome. Registration is required so please register here.

About the ALBA Network

The ALBA Network was founded in 2018 by a group of international scientists to promote equity and diversity in brain sciences. It is led by the ALBA team composed of international brain scientists involved in research, education, communication and advocacy. The Network is hosted by the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), which is a founding member along with the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN). ALBA is also supported by The Brain Prize (Lundbeck Foundation).

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Online launch of the ALBA Declaration on Equity and Inclusion at SfN Global Connectome

ALBA will launch the Declaration during a special virtual event on Tuesday 12th January 2021 at 9 am EST/3 pm CET, on the occasion of the SfN Global Connectome. The ALBA Network and ALBA Declaration will be presented and the invited panellists will share realWlife examples of effective implementation of the Declaration action points.

Panellists: Carmen Sandi (EPFL, Switzerland), Megan Carey (Champalimaud Research, Portugal); Laura Andreae (King’s College London, UK), Tracy Bale (University of Maryland, School of Medicine, US), Stephen Curry (Imperial College London, UK), Yasmin Hurd (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, US), Michelle D. Jones-London (OPEN, NIH, US), Diane Lipscombe (Brown University, US).


About IBRO – the International Brain Research Organization

IBRO is the global association of neuroscience societies established in 1961 that aims to promote and support neuroscience around the world through training, education, research, outreach and engagement activities, and the publication of our two journals, Neuroscience and IBRO Reports. More than 90 international, regional and national scientific members constitute IBRO’s Governing Council which, together with the IBRO Executive Committee and five Regional Committees, address the needs and advance the work of individual scientists and research communities everywhere. In addition, IBRO has partnerships with like-minded scientific organizations to identify priorities and help bridge gaps in knowledge, investment and resources in the field of brain research.

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About FENS – the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies

Founded in 1998 at the first Forum of European Neuroscience, the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) is the main organisation for neuroscience in Europe. FENS currently represents 44 European national and single discipline neuroscience societies with more than 20,000 member scientists from 33 European countries. FENS’ mission is to advance research and education in neuroscience within and outside Europe, and to facilitate interaction and coordination between its members.

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About SfN – Society for Neuroscience

Founded in 1969, the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) now has more than 37,000 members in more than 95 countries. YearWround programming includes the publishing of two highly regarded scientific journals, JNeurosci and eNeuro; professional development resources and career training through Neuronline¸ the Society’s home for learning and discussion; science advocacy and public policy engagement including annual Capitol Hill Day; and a variety of engaging public outreach efforts, led by the expanding and interactive collection of publicWfacing resources on

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