Three Gothenburg researchers – together with others – have found that male speakers at conferences exceeded their allocated time more frequently than female speakers, especially at large conferences (60% vs 49%). The most important factors that influence how long a presenter spoke were 1) their allocated time, 2) their career stage and 3) the level of time keeping enforcement. Since conferences are an important arena for science dissemination this might have a negative impact on female scientist’s careers. The article “Gender balance in time-keeping at life science conferences” is available as a preprint, not yet peer-reviewed.
March 12, 2018