Prof Allison B. Sekuler
Associate Vice-President & Dean, Graduate Studies, Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (PNB), McMaster University, Canada.
Allison Sekuler, Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, is McMaster University’s Associate Vice-President and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. She previously served as McMaster’s Associate Vice-President Research, and as interim Vice-President Research and International Affairs. Her research focuses on cognitive neuroscience, visual perception, aging, and neuroplasticity, and she has won numerous awards for her research and teaching, including serving as the inaugural Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience. She is passionate about diversity in academia, developing and supporting a number of initiatives for women in science and other under-represented groups. She also is passionate about science and research outreach, having served as President of the Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science; helping popularize the Café Scientifique model across Canada; serving on the founding steering committee of the Science Media Centre of Canada; and co-founding #ScienceSunday, a social media theme promoting science and science outreach through the Google+ platform.
Professor Sekuler spoke at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2015 about building partnerships to advance the educational experience and research opportunities of women both locally and globally, and how initiatives enhancing research training and development for women also benefit broader communities.