Integrative Molecular Phenotyping
INTEGRATIVE MOLECULAR
PHENOTYPING
WHEELOCK LABORATORY
DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAL
BIOCHEMISTRY AND BIOPHYSICS
WHEELOCK LABORATORY
DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAL
BIOCHEMISTRY AND BIOPHYSICS
WHEELOCK LABORATORY
DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAL
BIOCHEMISTRY AND BIOPHYSICS
WHEELOCK LABORATORY
DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAL
BIOCHEMISTRY AND BIOPHYSICS
WHEELOCK LABORATORY
DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAL
BIOCHEMISTRY AND BIOPHYSICS
WHEELOCK LABORATORY

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Baby on Board

Baby on Board

As a member of a dual career couple, childcare is an issue near and dear to my heart (and career). The web is filled with a multitude of articles soul searching as to why there is a dearth of women in academics. While the answers to that issue are certainly complex, childcare is clearly an important component of that equation. Simply put - if a conference does not offer childcare, it is not possible for both my wife and I to attend. We are therefore forced to make a difficult choice on who gets to attend the conference - including all of the important networking, meetings, and self-promotion that happens at a conference. Whose career should advance?  And who should stay home with the kids? I therefore find it unfathomable when major scientific conferences do not offer childcare. It should be a requirement that EVERY major conference offers childcare - and there should be travel grants available to offset the fees of childcare. The American Thoraic Society (ATS) has been very good about making childcare available at their annual meetings. Unfortunately, the European Respiratory Society (ERS) - while claiming to support family values and dual career couples - did not make childcare available for the 2017 Milano meeting, and it will not be available for the Paris meeting in 2018. I therefore question their commitment to supporting dual career couples. It is ironic that "family friendly Europe" cannot provide childcare, but the USA can. If the scientific community wants to support women as well as dual career couples, then it is time to ensure that childcare is available at conferences.

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