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IDEA at Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Accountability | The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 2019. Picture/Credit: Julia Nimke/Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

Editor’s Note: This is an open letter by a group of Lindau Alumni of the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in 2019, detailing a number of suggestions to improve the inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility at the Lindau Meetings. We sincerely thank the group for their input.

Some suggestions are already implemented in our Lindau Meetings, and these elements will be communicated more clearly in the future. A number of ideas are already part of the planning for future Lindau Meetings. The committees of Council and Foundation will examine all suggestions for their feasibility and will consider their implementation for Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings starting in 2021.

June 21, 2020

Dear Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting Organizers,

During the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in 2019, a few young scientist attendees self-organized to discuss diversity and inclusion at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. We have collectively identified several areas for improving inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility at future Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. We believe that incorporating these suggestions will make our amazing community of LiNo participants and alumni even stronger.

Some of our suggestions are urgent and can be enacted immediately. Their application will help ensure that the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings attend to current best practices, and we strongly encourage that these be implemented as soon as possible. Other suggestions will require resources that may take more time to marshal. However, we kindly suggest that the Lindau Foundation, Council, and Secretariat and associated stakeholders implement them as feasible, and on a best-effort basis, over the next few years. 

A further list of guidelines for actions that should be taken to make a conference more inclusive can be found in Section 5.3 of the LGBT+ Inclusivity in Physics: A Best Practice Guide and we welcome their application to the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.

1. Improving accountability
We strongly encourage increased accountability at the meeting, as soon as possible. We request:

2. Supporting equity and improving accessibility
We strongly urge:

In addition, we suggest seeking out resources to:

3. Encouraging diversity and inclusion
We strongly urge:

We additionally propose the following for consideration:

4. Increasing visibility
We propose the following for consideration:

These ideas come from countless discussions during the week of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 2019. The list of contributors includes, but is not limited to:

Maria Żurek, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Tanmoy Laskar, University of Bath

Jana Lasser, Medical University of Vienna & Complexity Science Hub Vienna

Sarah Leslie, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy/ Leiden University

Martin Vögele, Stanford University

Işınsu Baylam, Koc University Surface Science and Technology Center (KUYTAM)

Dimitra Gkogkou, Leibniz Institut für Analytische Wissenschaften

Caroline Arnold, Deutsches Elektronensynchrotron DESY

Sinem M Sertel, Universitätsmedizin Göttingen

László Molnár, Konkoly Observatory, CSFK, Budapest

Fiona Panther, University of Western Australia, Perth

Niamh Kavanagh, University College Cork, Ireland

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