INTS 2020 recognises and values the wealth of talent, creativity and discoveries achieved by women in the field of neurotrauma. We acknowledge that women continue to be underrepresented in the fields, particularly at senior levels, and in the diverse countries that constitute attendance at the symposium.
This goal of gender equality in our discipline is vitally important for two reasons. The first reason relates to our industry. We recognise that women are under-represented at conferences, both in invitations to speak and in participation. Thus, the important contributions made by a significant portion of our community remain under-recognised. Secondly, it is understood that career development in our profession is driven, not only by publication output but also by prestige measures such as active and invited participation in scientific conferences. Equal representation at conferences is thus important for women to thrive and develop in their careers.
International Neurotrauma Symposium 2020 seeks to be a Symposium that is committed to gender equality.
We will seek to achieve the following:
· As a Symposium held in the Australian State of Victoria, INTS 2020 will adhere to the Victorian Gender Equality Strategy as it applies to the activities of the Symposium. The policy can be found online here.
· INTS 2020 will be a Symposium that actively seeks equality for all participants. The Symposium will strive to achieve gender balance at all levels of the Symposium. We will aim to achieve gender balance among plenary and invited presentations and contributed papers. In all aspects, the principle we adopt will be that all participants are to have equal opportunity for representation, regardless of gender.
· We aim to present INTS 2020 as a safe place for engagement and discussion. We, therefore, strive to promote responsible participation in Symposium business and social events by all delegates and committee members, so that all participants can experience full benefit from the Symposium.
INTS 2020 support diversity as well as equal treatment and opportunity for all irrespective of gender, cultural and ethnic background and/or sexuality.