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Welcome to BiasWatchArchaeo. The goal of this site is to track the speaker composition of conferences in archaeology, particularly with respect to gender representation. This site is inspired by BiasWatchNeuro and the editorial in Nature about this initiative, titled "Women need to be seen and heard at conferences". The data and code for reproducing the results posted here are openly available on our google drive. Contact us at biaswatcharchaeo@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

European Association of Archaeologists Meetings 2018

European Association of Archaeologists at Barcelona
Organizers: European Association of Archaeologists

Speaker gender ratio: 1047 women : 609 men (1.72)

Method of estimation: We inferred the gender ratios from a sample of 1656 first-named speakers (all speakers that we could confidently infer gender from in 255 sessions in the program).

Friday, March 1, 2019

Society of American Archaeology Annual meetings 2018

Society of American Archaeology Annual Meeting at Washington, DC
Organizers: Society of American Archaeology

Speaker gender ratio: 1431 women : 1363 men (1.05)

Method of estimation: We inferred the gender ratios from a sample of 2794 first-named speakers (all speakers that we could confidently infer gender from in the first 288 sessions in the program).


Thursday, April 6, 2017

UK Archaeological Science conference 2017

2017 UK Archaeological Science conference

Organizers: UCL’s Institute of Archaeology

Speaker gender ratio: 40 women : 22 men (182%)

Method of estimation: We inferred the gender ratios from a sample of 62 first-named speakers (all speakers that we could confidently infer gender from in the first 6 sessions in the program).

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Society of American Archaeology Annual meetings 2017


Society of American Archaeology Annual Meeting at Vancouver, CA

Organizers: Society of American Archaeology

Speaker gender ratio: 452 women : 432 men (105%)

Method of estimation: We inferred the gender ratios from a sample of 884 first-named speakers (all speakers that we could confidently infer gender from in the first 108 sessions in the program).


Monday, March 20, 2017

Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) international conference, 2017

Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, Georgia State University, Atlanta, US, 2017

Organizers: Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology

Speaker gender ratio: 129 women : 196 men (66%)

Method of estimation: We inferred the gender ratios from a sample of 325 first-named speakers (all speakers that we could confidently infer gender from all 44 sessions in the program).


Monday, February 6, 2017

Critical Perspectives on the Practice of Digital Archaeology 2017

Critical Perspectives on the Practice of Digital Archaeology

Organizers: Rowan Flad and Eric Kansa

Speaker gender ratio: 6 women : 3 men (200%)

Method of estimation: We inferred the gender from the first names of all the speakers

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Theoretical Archaeology Group conference 2016

Theoretical Archaeology Group conference at the University of Southampton

Organizers: University of Southampton Department of Archaeology

Speaker gender ratio: 73 women : 60 men (122%)

Method of estimation: We inferred the gender ratios from a sample of 133 first-named speakers (all speakers that we could confidently infer gender from in the first 16 sessions in the program).