The IBE Diversity Committee was created in the spring of 2015 with the philosophy that diversity enhances performance and creativity and it is therefore, desirable in any working environment. At IBE we endorse diversity in all aspects and we are actively working to increase it with specific actions, so far focused specially in increasing gender balance. Since its foundation, the Diversity Committee has worked to 1) disseminate the importance of diversity to the IBE community, 2) analyze the situation at IBE, and 3) propose specific measures to correct those tendencies that are negative.
Thanks to measures proposed by this committee the IBE external committee has now 2 female researchers when it had none before, and the rate of female speakers in our IBE seminars went from 19% in 2013 to 50% in 2017. Moreover, in 2017, we organized a gender awareness day, Women in Evolution, which mixed state of the art science made by highly recognized female scientist with a debate on gender bias in science.