Women in MICCAI

Mission Statement

The mission of the Women in MICCAI (WiM) Committee is to strengthen and widen the representation of female scientists in the MICCAI community by pursuing policies that encourage more female participation in the field and ensure fair and equitable career promotion for female faculty and students - policies that assist in overcoming implicit gender bias within the community. WiM’s activities include: the coordination with the organizers of the annual MICCAI conferences, the organization of networking events within the community particularly at the MICCAI conference on an annual basis, the development and maintenance of online discussion and promotion platforms (e.g. Facebook, Googlegroups), and interfacing and advising the MICCAI board on related matters.


The first of a series of informal, hour-long, networking events for female scientists within the community were held at MICCAI 2015 and at ISBI 2016.  Several successful workshops for Women at CVPR and Women in Machine Learning were (WiML) were held recently. Based on the discussions and issues raised at those events, a group of faculty members in the community: (Tal Arbel, Parvin Mousavi, Ipek Oguz, Gozde Unal) proposed to create a “Women in MICCAI (WiM) Committee”. Dr. Tanveer Syeda-Mahmood, Fellow IBM, has joined as an executive member from the industry. The WiM committee was approved by the MICCAI board in October 2016. The founders and our industry member are the current executives of the committee with plans to rotate the positions over time. Membership is open to everyone. 




WiM President 
Dr Islem Rekik
Istanbul Technical University




Annual Event Executive 
Dr Pallavi Tiwari
Case School of Engineering




MICCAI Board  Liaison Officer 
Dr Despina Kontos 
University of Pennsylvania




WiM Election Officer
Dr Linwei Wang
Rochester Institute of Technology




WiM Outreach
Dr Duygu Sarikaya
Gazi University  



WiM advisory board:
Tal Arbel, Gozde Unal, Ipek Oguz, and Parvin Mousavi