Communications Center MDC.C

Berlin Diversithon - a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon to increase visibility of women scientists

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 change that balance, but we need your help! We invite you, whatever your gender, to join us for an exciting Wikipedia edit-a-thon in Berlin on the occasion of International Women's Day! The afternoon workshop will start at 2 p.m. with an inspiring talk by Jess Wade (physicist, recognized as one of Nature’s ”Ten People who Mattered” in 2018 for her work boosting the profiles of scientist from under-represented groups). Alice White (Wikimedian at the Wellcome Library) will give an introduction into editing followed by an editing-session (in which you have the chance to try writing or editing a Wikipedia article of your own) and finish with a networking event. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Please register:

No prior experience of Wikipedia editing is necessary. Just bring yourself, your enthusiasm and a laptop. You are welcome to bring your own ideas for famous scientists to write about, but 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.


Anna Louisa Karsch Straße 2
Berlin Institute of Health, Geschäftsstelle
10178 Berlin




  • 07.03.2019 14:00:00 - Program 2-2:40 p.m. introduction and welcome 2:40-3:10 p.m. talk by Jess Wade (imperial College London) 3:10-3:30 p.m. refreshment break 3:30-4 p.m. Wikimedian training with Alice White (Wellcome Library, London) 4-6 p.m. Content research and editing 6 p.m. Snacks, drinks and networking

Why visibility of femals scientists in Wikipedia needs improvement

  • Dr. Jessica Wade (Imperial College )
  • Dr. Alice White (Wikimedian in Residence at Wellcome Library)



This event is a joint event hosted by the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH)

Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC)

and Leibniz Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP).

Organising Committee:

Wing Ying Chow (FMP),
Karin Höhne (BIH)

Jennifer Kirwan (MDC)

Christine Kurmeyer (Charité)

Christiane Nolte (MDC)

Daniela Panakova (MDC)