Conference Equity and Anti-Harassment Statement
NZstars2016 is dedicated to providing an equitable and harassment-free conference experience for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned at the discretion of the conference organizers.
Gender statistics (F:M:O)
SOC membership: 7:7:1 = 47%:47%:6%
Abstract applications: 81:168:1 = 32%:67%:0.4%
Contributed talks: 18:34:0 = 35%:65%:0%
Invited talks: 12:18:0 = 40%:60%:0%
Gender equity policy
NZstars2016 strives to achieve gender balances at all aspects of the conference. We have endeavoured to achieve balance and representation of all genders on the science organizing committee, session chairs as well as inviting speakers and selecting from contributed abstracts in line with the gender balance in the massive stars and supernova research community.
Meeting code of conduct and anti-harassment statement
We ask that all attendees follow these guidelines:
- Behave professionally. Harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary comments or jokes are not appropriate. Harassment includes sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, sexual attention or innuendo, deliberate intimidation, stalking, and photography or recording of an individual without consent. It also includes offensive comments related to race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size or religion.
- All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual or sexist language and imagery is not appropriate.
- Be considerate and respectful to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Critique ideas rather than individuals.
NZstars2016 is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. This code of conduct applies to all NZstars2016 spaces, including both online and off. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the Equity Committee.
Participants are responsible for knowing and abiding by this code of conduct. Harassment includes:
- Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, age, race, or religion.
- Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment.
- Deliberate misgendering or use of ‘dead’ or rejected names.
- Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behaviour in spaces where they’re not appropriate.
- Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, textual descriptions like “*hug*” or “*backrub*”) without consent or after a request to stop.
- Threats of violence.
- Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm.
- Deliberate intimidation.
- Stalking or following.
- Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes.
- Sustained disruption of discussion.
- Unwelcome sexual attention.
- Pattern of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others
- Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease.
- Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect vulnerable people from intentional abuse.
- Publication of non-harassing private communication.
NZstars2016 prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. The equity committee will not act on complaints regarding:
- ‘Reverse’ -isms, including ‘reverse racism,’ ‘reverse sexism,’ and ‘cisphobia’
- Reasonable communication of boundaries, such as “leave me alone,” “go away,” or “I’m not discussing this with you.”
- Communicating in a ‘tone’ you don’t find congenial
- Criticizing racist, sexist, cissexist, or otherwise oppressive behaviour or assumptions
If you are being harassed by an attendee of NZstars2016, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the LOC and/or equity committee in person or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond as promptly as we can.
Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.
If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, LOC or Equity committee may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from all NZstars2016 spaces.