Make Wikipedia Diverse: BIH-Diversithon during Berlin Science Week

During Berlin Science Week and to mark the occasion of the Future Medicine Science Match 2019, the Berlin Institute of Health is holding a BIH Diversithon on November 6. The Diversithon is a Wikipedia edit-a-thon that aims to increase the visibility of women scientists and other underrepresented groups in the life sciences. We welcome everybody to participate in the event.

Only 17.7 percent of English-language biographies and 15.6 percent of German-language biographies on Wikipedia are about women. Certain ethnicities and people of color in science are also underrepresented. Our Diversithon is looking to correct this imbalance – and we need your help! 

The workshop starts at 2 p.m. with a keynote talk on the role of women in science by Dr. Jess Wade, a physicist and one of the “Ten people who mattered in science” in 2018 as voted by the journal Nature. Kelly Forster, 2017’s Wikimedian of the Year, will then give an introduction to the Wikipedia world and participants will have the opportunity to create and edit Wikipedia articles. At the end of the workshop, we will invite all participants to come together for snacks and drinks. 

The event will be held in English, but participants are welcome to write their articles in German. 

Prior knowledge of Wikipedia is not required; all you need is enthusiasm and a laptop. The BIH has a list of scientists from currently underrepresented groups that it feels should receive a Wikipedia entry in German or English, but participants are also welcome to bring their own suggestions for outstanding scientists about whom they would like to write. 

Event location: Berlin Institute of Health, Anna-Louisa-Karsch-Strasse 2, 10178 Berlin 

To register and learn more about the event, please visit the following website: www.bihealth.org/en/diversithon 

Program 

2:00 p.m. - Welcoming remarks
2:20 p.m. - Keynote talk by Jess Wade (Imperial College London)
3:10 p.m. - Wikimedian training with Kelly Forster (Wellcome Library, London)
3:45 p.m. - Research and editing
5:30 p.m. - Snacks, drinks, and networking