SCANZ Diversity and Inclusion Policy
This Diversity and Inclusion Policy sets out our commitment to diversity and inclusion in our programs and activities; how we will achieve those objectives; and how we will measure those achievements.
It details the strategies we will use to ensure we value and respect the diversity of our members and the communities in which we operate, and what we will do to create programs and events that are fair, accessible, flexible, inclusive and in which discrimination, bullying, harassment or victimisation are not tolerated.
SCANZ aims to:
Diversity refers to all the characteristics that make individuals different from each other. It includes characteristics such as age, caring responsibilities, cultural diversity, disability, gender, indigeneity, sexual orientation and gender identity, and religion.
Diversity is about our commitment to creating an organisation that reflects our membership, and inclusion is about our commitment to equality and treating all individuals – our members, stakeholders and the communities in which we operate – with fairness and respect.
Inclusion refers to the act of creating environments, events and programs in which any individual or group feels welcomed, respected and valued to fully participate and contribute. Inclusive environments, events and programs incorporate new and different ways of thinking, interacting and working so that all individuals, whether members of majority or minority groups, are able to contribute.
Inclusion occurs when the diverse mix of people in our membership, programs, and at our events, experience:
Why is it important?
We recognise that inclusion and diversity play a key role in enabling us to achieve the object of the Society. Our efforts to create diverse and inclusive membership, programs and events:
How will we deliver diversity and inclusion?
Our work towards realising the benefits of diversity and inclusion will include a range of priority actions. We will:
How will SCANZ measure its own diversity and inclusion?
SCANZ will do the following things to measure its diversity and inclusion:
SCANZ Code of Conduct
SCANZ is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all members and participants at its meeting and events. All participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, service providers and others are expected to abide by this Code of Conduct. This Code applies to all SCANZ meetings and meeting related events, including those sponsored by organisations other than SCANZ but held in conjunction with SCANZ events, in public or private facilities. Breaches of the codes should be reported to SCANZ Executive or Council members. Participants or members who breach this code will be requested to leave the meeting venue immediately. SCANZ Council will then take further action which may include but not be limited to, banning from future meetings, reporting of the behaviour and termination of membership.
SCANZ Conference Policies
SCANZ recognises the positive impact that a conference speaking invitation has on the track record and visibility of its delegates. We also recognise that some sections of the scientific community are often under-represented in conference programs, and that this can affect diversity in the long-term. Our policies were developed to ensure quality and equality.
Speaker Invitation Policy
Invitations for the SCANZ 1987 Plenary Lecturer, Keynote speakers and Invited speakers are made to high quality researchers that represent the broad diversity of our community. We aim to achieve a balance across geography, gender and experience. Because the number of invited keynote and symposia presentations are limited, invited speakers at each SCANZ conference will not include invited speakers at the four previous SCANZ conferences. Speakers selected from abstracts at the previous meetings may be invited to speak at the present conference. Invited speakers at the previous meetings may be selected from abstracts at the present conference. Rising Star speakers will be selected by a specific committee. The Bragg and Mathieson Medallist Lectures will be selected by the SCANZ Executive.
The Plenary Lecture is supported by the SCANZ 1987 Fund. Keynote Speakers are supported through sponsorship. No funding is generally provided to invited or abstract-selected speakers. This funding policy means that SCANZ can keep the registration fee as low as possible for all attendees, to help ensure a successful conference. SCANZ provides funding support for the Bragg and Mathieson Medallists. SCANZ also provides funding support to students to attend conferences, but this is not tied to speaking invitations.
SCANZ welcomes feedback from members on this policy and how it might be improved for future conferences to better ensure quality and diversity.