ICCM22 Position Statement on Equity and Diversity

The ICCM22 Organising Committee, along with the ICCM Executive Council, are committed to improving equality, diversity and inclusion across the composites community.

The ICCM22 Organising Committee recognises and values the wealth of talent, creativity and discoveries in composite materials made by women working in industry, research institutes, universities, government agencies and other places. We acknowledge that women continue to be underrepresented in the global composites community, and in the many countries that constitute attendance at ICCM22.

This goal of gender equality is vitally important for several reasons. We recognise that women are underrepresented at ICCM conferences; both in invitations to speak and in participation. Thus, the important contributions and discoveries made by women in composites often remain under-recognised. Another reason is that career development in research is driven, not only by publication output, but also by prestige measures, such as active and invited participation in scientific conferences. Greater representation at ICCM22 is thus important for women to thrive and develop in their careers. Third, an increasing number of young females are undertaking research degrees or at an early stage of their career as postdoctoral fellows, early career academics and other roles. It is essential these young researchers have an opportunity to experience high profile female role models at ICCM22.

Therefore, the ICCM22 Organising Committee will endeavour to build a conference program that embraces different perspectives based on gender diversity as well as cultural diversity to ensure our delegates have the greatest opportunity for engagement, collaboration and participation.