This statement is also available [here].
pombeTalks | pombeSlack Diversity Statement
The organisers of the pombeTalks seminar series and the administrators of the pombeSlack virtual community are committed to creating a diverse, equitable, inclusive and safe environment.
The international fission yeast research community, representing research groups scattered across continents linked by shared interests and expertise, is built upon a foundation of mutual respect, tolerance, and encouragement, and we are working to help each other live up to these principles. We want our community to be as diverse as it can be: whoever you are, and whatever your background, we welcome you.
We are also aware that racism, sexism, and other forms of active or inadvertent discrimination continue to negatively impact the practice of science, and the integrity of scientific institutions, at every level and in every country. For this reason, we believe that even the smallest public scientific platform has the responsibility to reflect upon structures of discrimination that might exist, act to counter them, and be accountable to the community that it represents.
At pombeTalks, we are actively seeking to increase the diversity of our attendees and speakers. In order to achieve this, we welcome:
Recommendations for speakers from diverse backgrounds, career stages and geographical regions;
Suggestions to make our seminar series more accessible and welcoming to people regardless of their race, class, gender, religion, accessibility and socioeconomic status.
At pombeSlack, we aim to provide an inclusive platform open to all fission yeast researchers that is a virtual embodiment of the vibrant, robust real-world community that we serve. In order to achieve this, we welcome any suggestions on how to make the platform work for you and serve your needs, as an individual, or as the representative of a research group or research institution.
With your help, we will be able to make a small contribution towards making the scientific enterprise a fairer and more diverse face of the society it hopes to represent.
For any feedback or suggestions, or if you or someone else is being harassed or discriminated against in any way (see also our Code of Conduct), please contact: Matthew Swaffer, Scott Curran, Gautam Dey, Veneta Gerganova (pombeTalks);
Gautam Dey, Mary Elting, or Maitreyi Das (pombeSlack).
This statement was adapted from the [Nucleus Science Talks Diversity Statement], which in turn was inspired by the [Conference Diversity statement] provided by [O’Reilly Conferences], itself licensed by O'Reilly Media, Inc. under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License. This statement can be reused and modified under a CC BY Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.