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#WSTC3 Diversity statement

Grant RW Humphries, February 9, 2017

Posting on behalf of the #WSTC3 committee

Dear fellow scientists,

In a few months we will be holding the third annual World Seabird Twitter Conference (#WSTC3). It is an event without borders, accessible to all researchers wherever they may be. Recent policy developments in the U.S. have started to compromise the attendance of international researchers at local conferences and the communication of scientific findings to the public. As the committee of the WSTC3, we feel it is our responsibility to explicitly state our commitment to diversity and to underline the importance of uncensored scientific outreach. As a conference exclusively held on a global social media platform, we welcome people of all genders, races, religions, nationalities, sexual orientations, and ability levels. In fact, it is our mission to encourage the participation of seabird scientists from as many backgrounds as possible.

When a scientist is banned from attending a conference, science suffers.
When any form of intolerance prevents scientists from conducting research or sharing their findings, science suffers.
When the open communication of scientific findings to the public is impeded, science suffers.

Therefore, we stand for our ENTIRE scientific community. We do so not only on the basis of fairness and ethical values (though these are reason enough), but also because diversity and outreach are key to progress in science.

The WSTC3 Co-chairs

Comments ( 1 )

Nina Karnovsky

Thank you so much for this statement. Much appreciated.