Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The return of the Plant Biology 2022 as an in-person, U.S.-based event brings with it both the excitement of resuming in-person meetings, which many in the plant science community have missed, and the realities of engaging speakers and attendees from around the world. Diversity among speakers and an equitable and inclusive environment for plant scientists are critical issues. 

For this year, the Plant Biology Program Committee has undertaken several initiatives in support of these priorities. They are initial steps in a journey to bring many more changes and updates benefitting marginalized plant scientists in the United States and around the world.

  • Chair of ASPB’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee (EDIC) Miguel Vega-Sanchez and Adam Steinbrenner, EDIC member, have joined the Program Committee to help ensure development of the conference program is conducted mindfully and with purposeful EDI consideration. The EDIC continues to independently handle regular and recognition travel award applications and decisions.
  • The Plant Biology 2022 registration form will include a field for individuals with disabilities to request reasonable accommodations as part of their registration for the event.
  • The Program Committee will use a rubric adopted from one developed by the North American Arabidopsis Steering Committee to guide and inform the assessment of submitted abstracts. To make this effort as effective as possible, optional demographic questions have been added to the abstract submission form.  
  • The Program Committee will invite all Plant Biology 2022 speakers to prepare diversity statements as optional openings for their talks. 
  • Plant Biology planning has shifted to a model in which members of the community propose workshop and concurrent symposia topics, allowing people who might not have been invited previously to step forward and share their considerable expertise. 
  • To ensure the continued access of Plant Biology meeting content by scientists around the world, recordings from all scientific sessions during Plant Biology 2022 will be available to registrants after the event. Please return to this site for announcements about the format and details of access. 
  • The Oregon Convention Center offers accessible, gender neutral and family restrooms.

If you have comments or questions regarding Plant Biology 2022 and EDI initiatives, please contact the Program Committee by emailing meetings@aspb.org.