The 1st International Symposium on Women in Tunicate Biology, organized by Anna Di Gregorio and Marie Nydam, was held online on March 28-29, 2023. This global symposium was attended by 50 researchers from several countries, including Austria, Brazil, India, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Turkey, and the United States. The 35 manuscripts in this collection include “tribute” papers that honor women scientists who pioneered and advanced the field of tunicate biology, as well as “In Her Words” letters, which provided a canvas for women scientists to freely describe their research and themselves. The proceedings are published in a Special Issue in genesis: The Journal of Genetics and Development. All of the articles in this Special Issue will be freely accessible on the genesis website for a period of 3 months.
This special Issue is expected to become a resource for all scientists interested in tunicate biology, a reference for early and contemporary work in this field of science, and an inspiration for all women scientists. All of the major fields of tunicate biology are represented, including developmental and stem cell biology, regeneration biology, ecology and taxonomy.