Inclusivity and Social Sustainability Policies

For our Conferences, we adopt a safer space policy and implement numerous diversity and inclusivity initiatives in the ongoing effort to improve the diversity in our conferences in a safe environment.

Conference programme

  • We aim to have gender and geographical balance: in the speaker selection, it will be exercised care and attention to guarantee a gender balance and a geographical representativity.
  • We encourage the Programme Committees to invite speakers diverse in social identities, geographical location, background/training, methodological approaches, and research topics.
  • We encourage speakers and presenters to create presentations and posters with accessible fonts and character sizes in order to help partially-sighted and neurodivergent participants.

Conference organization and environment

  • Safer Space Policy: A safer space policy aims to foster an environment of respect, which makes all participants feel welcome – particularly those who are typically marginalized or excluded, whether by gender, sex, race, religion, (dis)ability, sexual orientation, geographical location, and personal background. Differing opinions and perspectives are crucial to effective discussion but all attendees ultimately take responsibility for their own speech and behaviour – in person and on social media – throughout the entire event and associated social gatherings.
  • In respect of the transgender community, the pronouns of the participants will be asked during the registration on an optional basis. It is also possible that they will be printed on the badges that participants will use during the Conference.
  • During the registration process to our conferences, we offer the possibility of indicating dietary requirements.
  • Social gatherings (such as coffee breaks, lunches, or conference dinners) are organized in order for participants to be able to network and socialize.

Attendees are encouraged to:

  • Ask respectful questions and avoid dominating a presenter’s question time to further any particular agenda. Question time after a talk is intended to give presenters the opportunity to expand on their talk in response to audience questions, and is not a platform for the audience to individually reply.
  • Be mindful of and understand that intersectionality shapes our lived experience.
  • Actively include all attendees in social gatherings (such as post-conference dinners and social events), particularly those for whom English is not a first-language and junior students.

Accessible Costs

  • In acknowledgement of the prohibitive cost for many in attending conferences, we try to introduce discounted registration rates for students, retirees, and people from lower-income countries.
  • We offer a diverse range of accommodation options with different prices

Conference Location

  • We propose venues wheelchair accessible.
  • We try to always rent private rooms for prayer.
  • Our Conferences are always organized in Italian locations that can help participants know more about local history and tradition. We always propose a social programme in order for every participant to be able to look at the city where the conference is located through renewed eyes and learning about it.

Website accessibility

Our websites always have:

  • Accessible fonts, character sizes, and line spacing for partially-sighted and neurodivergent users.
  • A search bar to help find everything on the website
  • A graphic structure, colour and contrast that facilitates reading
  • Images with Alt Text and descriptions for blind and partially-sighted users
  • Descriptive URLs so that screen readers can easily read them