Conferences and Seminar Series

Conferences & seminar series

Download the Good Practice Scheme recommendations on conferences and seminar series [pdf / word]

There are a range of things you can do to make your conferences and seminar series more inclusive, for example inviting more women as speakers (and inviting them earlier); having a clear and advertised policy on harassment and unwelcome behaviour; offering childcare; and finding ways to stop the Q&A being dominated by the most assertive people in the room.

One possibility that didn’t occur to us in 2014 but is now on all of our horizons is running research events that are either online or a hybrid of online and in-person, which of course makes participation of people with caring responsibilities (and some disabilities) much more feasible; see below for some tips on how to run a hybrid event.

We also encourage you to check out the BPA’s guidelines on accessible conferences and public lectures, and its environmental guidelines aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of research by reducing conference-related (and other) travel.

Sample policies, reflections and other resources

GPS main page /  Guidance & Resources page

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