Organisers of a biomedical innovations event consisting of an exclusively male 22-speaker line-up has defended the gender disparity.

Advanced Biomedical Instrumentation Centre.
Photo: The all-male Advanced Biomedical Instrumentation Centre speaker line-up.

The event was held last week at the Science Park in Shatin and was supported by the University of Hong Kong, InvestHK, the Hong Kong Startup Council, and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

Advanced Biomedical Instrumentation Centre.
Photo: Advanced Biomedical Instrumentation Centre.

Organisers, the Advanced Biomedical Instrumentation Centre, said they had invited female scientists, but those who accepted were ultimately all men: “Their [female scientists] participation is essential,” a spokesperson told Ming Pao. It added that there were two women acting as hosts for the discussion.

The event was co-organised by Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation.

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Tom is the editor-in-chief and founder of Hong Kong Free Press. He has a BA in Communications and New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He has contributed to the BBC, Euronews, Al-Jazeera and others.