Neuroscience for the privileged? An open letter to Carol Mason

Aug 22 2014 Published by under Academia, blogging, meeting, women in science

Dear Dr. Mason,

to my surprise, I read this morning on twitter that at this year's SfN annual meeting it will no longer be allowed to live tweet talks or tweet about posters during the poster sessions. Please correct me if I read the embargo and social media rules on the SfN website incorrectly and this is not what it says.

Last year, I was 37 weeks pregnant during SfN's annual meeting and was not allowed to fly there (and even if I was, I'm unsure if I would have managed to wobble walk around the poster hall more than once). So I stayed in the lab and followed a lot of what happened at SfN in terms of new and exciting science on twitter behind my computer. This year, with a toddler and a baby, and a neuroscientist-husband who is going to the annual meeting, and the fact that I now live in Europe and SfN's annual meeting is a lot further away, I won't be able to go again. I can imagine that there are many more neuroscientists who are constrained by money, time or other logistics and thereby prevented from going to SfN's annual meeting. It seems like this policy particularly affects those neuroscientists that are less privileged. In addition, SfN's annual meeting is so big that even for those who are there, it is nice to be able to follow talks and interesting posters online when attending other sessions.

On behalf of all those people* I ask you to please allow coverage of SfN's annual meeting on social media like in previous years.

With regards, InBabyAttachMode - neuroscientist

*Feel free to cosign this letter in the comments.

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