Equity and Diversity

The International Conference on Advanced Vibrational Spectroscopy (ICAVS) strives to be inclusive and equitable at all stages. We have endeavoured to be accessible, diverse and achieve gender balance on the organising committee, session chairs as well as invited speakers and selection of contributed abstracts. ICAVS10 will follow the Royal Society of New Zealand Code of Professional Standards and Ethics in Science, Technology, and the Humanities.

The International Conference on Advanced Vibrational Spectroscopy is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. This code of conduct applies to all conference spaces, including both online and offline. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the Organising Committee.

We ask that all attendees follow these guidelines:

  • Behave professionally
  • Be considerate and respectful to others; do not insult or put down other attendees
  • Critique ideas rather than individuals
  • Do not monopolise discussion; sustained disruption of talks or other events may be considered harassment
  • No photography or recording of an individual without consent.
  • Harassment* and offensive or exclusionary comments and behaviour related to race, culture, gender identity, colour, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, disability, age, physical appearance, religion or any other characteristic protected by law are not appropriate.

If you witness any breaches of this code, in particular discrimination or harassment, you are encouraged to immediately inform the alleged violator that their comments or behaviour are unwelcome. Individuals may be unaware that their conduct is offensive and are often willing to moderate their behaviour if so informed.

However, please note that you are not required to directly address or confront a person you believe is discriminating against or harassing you or another person. You may wish to report the incident to one of these persons:

  • Conference co-chairs (Keith Gordon and Frédérique Vanholsbeeck)
  • Programme chair (Ian Lewis)
  • A member of the conference organising committee

Complaints will be investigated confidentially, fairly and discreetly and within the bounds of any relevant legislation. Following completion of an inquiry, any action to be taken will be determined and may include a request for private or public apologies, discharge from the conference or restrictions on future invitations and attendance.

*Harassment includes but is not limited to: verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination (related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, etc); sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; unwelcome sexual attention; and advocating for or encouraging any of the above behaviour.

Panel Pledge

Conference participants and organisers are encouraged to commit to the panel pledge.

The Panel Pledge

 

“At a conference, I won’t serve on a panel or be an invited speaker unless there is at least one woman on the panel/invited speaker.”

How to commit to the Panel Pledge

When you are invited to speak at or participate in a professional forum:

  • Request confirmation of who the other panelists/speakers/ participants are, and how gender balance will be achieved;
  • Insist that as a condition of acceptance, you expect women to participate in a meaningful way;
  • Reserve the right to withdraw from the event, even at the last minute, should this not be the case when the speaker list is finalised;
  • Offer names of women from within your organisation or network and, if helpful, point them to resources for support in finding women.