The International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) and its Gender Equality Committee (GEC) have initiated the Competition-4-Ideas Award, aimed at fostering gender equality, particularly in career development support and equitable access to funding and resources on both national and international scales. The IUIS-GEC has allocated a total of US$10,000 for this endeavor, with the condition that only GECs affiliated with national societies or regional federations dedicated to advancing gender equality are eligible to submit proposals. We are delighted to announce the following rankings:
1st Place: The GEC of the Italian Society of Immunology, awarded US$3,000 for its idea, “Expanding the Reach of the Ricercata Initiative to Support Women Scientists in Re-Entering Their Scientific Careers After Maternity Leave”.
2nd Place (tied): The GECs of the European Federation of Immunological Societies and the Kenyan Society of Immunology, both receiving US$2,500 each for their ideas, “Desensitization by Exposure* – Persistent Gender Biases Despite the Increasingly Female Immunological Research Field” and “Strengthening Immunology Research in Kenya through Equitable and Inclusive Participation,” respectively.
3rd Place: The GEC of the Iranian Society of Immunology, granted US$2,000 for its proposal aimed at “Improving Gender Equality in Iran.”
The winning GECs will be honored with the awards during the 2023 IUIS Congress in Cape Town, specifically at the “SEXX Matters Symposium” on Thursday, November 30th, at 8:45 AM