Statement on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI)
The global community working on plant science is a diverse one. Its diversity ranges from differences in age, gender, race, career stage, sexuality, nationality, ethnicity, religion, education, workplace, to all kinds of individual skills. Yet, systemic biases, both those applied to people and on science itself, result in the underrepresentation of certain groups of scientists.
The Global Plant Council is committed to empowering the next generation of scientists. We believe that diversity enriches the scientific endeavor by facilitating different perspectives and experiences. Opportunities and access should be available to everyone with talent and drive, no matter their background.
THE GLOBAL PLANT COUNCIL COMMITMENT IS:
- To create an inclusive environment where differences are respected, and underrepresented groups are appropriately represented in our different activities.
- To ensure the GPC can monitor and review progress in the Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion (DEI) areas and take action when needed.
For that, the following actions are put in place:
- We will continue to have a board with varied voices that reflect the diverse backgrounds of the plant science community.
- We have an established fee structure that allows organizations of all sizes and financial capacity to join in equal terms, safeguarding proper representation.
- To allow access from countries with low-quality internet, we are improving our website backend to increase its speed and improve its responsiveness and accessibility from mobile phones.
- We will continue to include scientists of all backgrounds in our activities, such as working groups or webinars.
- We will increase our efforts to showcase science papers led by researchers from underrepresented groups in our news and blog sections.
About The Global Plant Council
The Global Plant Council is a coalition of 27 national, regional, and international organizations representing plant, crop, agricultural, and environmental sciences across the globe. GPC aims to promote plant science across borders & disciplines, supporting those involved in research, education, and training, and to increase awareness of plant research in science and society. Find out more.