BIH Diversithon

A Wikipedia Edit-a-thon to increase visibility of women scientists and other underrepresented groups in the life sciences

On the occasion of Berlin Science Week a day before the Future Medicine Conference 2019 we invite everyone to come together for a science editathon and diversify the world's encyclopedia!


Only 17.7% of English language biographies and 15.6% of German language biographies in Wikipedia are for women. There is also an underrepresentation of certain ethnicities and people of colour in science. Our Diversithon is looking to balance it out, but we need your help!

We invite you, whatever your gender, to join us for an exciting Wikepedia edit-a-thon in Berlin.


We all use Wikipedia, so why not help it grow and become more diverse? By participating in our event, you can contribute to and improve Wikipedia. Editing scientists’ biographies is an important part of science communication. You can share and expand your knowledge while editing, engage in discussions with other people who are interested in same topics as you and spend an inspiring afternoon with colleagues.

See the Wikipedia page of the event for more information


Speaker: Jess Wade

Speaker: Jess Wade

Dr. Jess Wade

  • Physics postdoc at Imperial College London and women in science campaigner
  • One of Nature’s ”Ten People who Mattered” in 2018
  • Winner of the Daphne Jackson Medal and Prize 2018 for for "acting as an internationally-recognised ambassador for STEM"
  • Recieved British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to gender diversity in science.
  • Awarded Imperial College's 2019 leadership award for societal engagement


“Studies have found that somewhere between 84% and 91% of Wikipedia editors are male. […] What we choose to edit is informed by what we know — not only in terms of our scientific expertise, but also from our own lived experiences. For women and people in other under-represented groups in science, that knowledge includes an intimate understanding of how our contributions are downplayed or outright erased from the history of science. The Wikipedia community should reflect the populations it serves — in race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation.” 

Jess Wade and Maryam Zaringhalam, Nature Career Column 14th Aug 2018

Speaker: Kelly Foster

Speaker: Kelly Foster

Kelly Foster is a public historian specialising in oral history and community archives. She is the founding organiser of AfroCROWD UK - an initiative to encourage more people of African heritage to contribute to Wikipedia and it’s sister projects. In 2017 she was named UK Wikimedian of the Year and has delivered training for a wide range of organisations, from the Royal Academy of Arts and the British Library to local libraries and voluntary projects.



 13:30-14:00    Registration/Arrival

14:00-14:20    Welcome 

14:20-15:10    Keynote Jess Wade

15:10-15:40    Wikimedian Training by Kelly Forster

15:45-17:45    Editing

17:45              Networking with Catering 

Pre-Event Instructions

  • No prior experience of Wikipedia editing is necessary. Just bring yourself, your enthusiasm and a laptop including the charger.

  • You are welcome to bring your own ideas for famous scientists to write about. In case you need some inspiration, we will also provide a list of women and ethnic minority scientists who justify a good Wikipedia entry in either English or German or both.

  • Please register for a Wikipedia account through the following link: Create account
    Having an account will enable you to fully take part in the event.