ACA Diversity
Statement on Conference Participation

April 2016


 The ACA Council is pleased to announce the adoption of the following policy:




The ACA recognizes the positive impact that a conference speaking opportunity has on an individual's track record and visibility. We also recognize 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.





The program chairs will ensure the highest quality scientific program, with speakers that represent the broad diversity of our community. We aim to achieve a speaker and program chair balance that reflects the make-up of our community without bias with regard to gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, religion, geography, disabilities, or national origin.





We will report statistics on the conference website on the geographic and gender balance of invited speakers, selected speakers, session chairs, and attendees.





We welcome feedback on this policy and how it might be improved for future conferences to better ensure quality and diversity.  [email protected]