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Authors: Hüsch, Tanja
Osman, Nadir I.
Herve, François
Culha, Mehmet G.
Vale, Luís
Tienza, Antonio
Tutolo, Manuela
De Cillis, Sabrina
Guillot-Tantay, Cyrille
Phé, Véronique
Title: Gender representation at scientific congresses : focus on functional and female urology : a study from the EAU Young Academic Urologist Functional Urology Group
Online publication date: 24-Apr-2023
Year of first publication: 2023
Language: english
Abstract: Purpose Female representation at scientific conferences is crucial for encouraging women pursuing an academic career. Nevertheless, gender inequity at urological conferences is common place and women are often stereotyped choosing functional urology. However, there is no evidence whether female representation is higher in functional urology. This investigations aims to analyze gender representation at functional urology sessions. Methods National and international urological congresses between 2019 and 2021 with a focus on functional urology and female urology sessions were evaluated. Congresses were categorized as national or international. Session type, topic, gender of chairs and speakers of the identified sessions were recorded. In addition, affiliation and medical specialty were collected for chairs. Results A total of 29 congresses were evaluated. Out of a total of 2893 chairs and speakers, 1034 (35.7%) were women and 1839 (63.6%) were men. This represents an overall gender gap of 27.9% for functional urology sessions. No significant differences in gender representation between national and international congresses could be identified (p = 0.076). When considering gender distribution of chairs, the gap was more pronounced by 35.5%. Furthermore, men were more likely to be invited to be a speaker in plenary and podiums sessions. Conclusions Gender inequality is present in functional urology sessions. There is a need for greater efforts to achieve gender equality. An important step to remedy the situation is the inclusion of women in scientific program committees. Furthermore, support by the leadership of urological societies and academic departments is essential to herald a lasting change in gender inequality.
DDC: 610 Medizin
610 Medical sciences
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 04 Medizin
Place: Mainz
Version: Published version
Publication type: Zeitschriftenaufsatz
License: CC BY
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Journal: World journal of urology
Version of Record (VoR)
Publisher: Springer
Publisher place: Berlin u.a.
Issue date: 2023
ISSN: 1433-8726
Publisher DOI: 10.1007/s00345-023-04355-6
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