Conference Policy

Crystal29 Policies

The Crystal29 Committees recognise the positive impact that a conference speaking invitation has on the track record and visibility of its delegates. We also recognise that some sections of the scientific community are often under-represented in conference programs, and that this can affect diversity in the long-term. Our policies were developed to ensure quality and equality.

SPEAKER INVITATION POLICY

Invitations for the SCANZ 1987 Plenary Lecturer, Keynote speakers and invited symposia speakers will be made to high quality researchers that represent the broad diversity of our community. We aim to achieve a balance across geography, gender and experience. Because the number of invited keynote and symposia presentations are limited, invited speakers at Crystal29 will not include invited speakers at Crystal28, 27, or 26. Speakers selected from abstracts at the previous meetings may be invited to speak at Crystal29. Invited speakers at the previous meetings may be selected from abstracts at Crystal29. Rising Star Symposia Speakers will be selected by a specific committee. The Bragg and Mathieson Medallist Lectures will be selected by the SCANZ Executive.

FUNDING POLICY

The Plenary Lecture is supported by the SCANZ 1987 Fund. ANSTO and UQ are supporting our four Keynote Speakers. No funding is provided to invited or abstract-selected symposia speakers. This funding policy means that we can keep the registration fee as low as possible for all attendees, to help ensure a successful conference. SCANZ provides funding support for the Bragg and Mathieson Medallists. SCANZ also provides funding support to students to attend Crystal29, but this is not tied to speaking invitations.

We are also seeking sponsorship of poster prizes and Rising Star awards

FEEDBACK

We welcome feedback from SCANZ members on this policy and how it might be improved for future conferences to better ensure quality and diversity.

Summary of Delegate, Speaker, Chair and Committee Diversity Statistics.

Geographical Distribution

QLD

NSW/ ACT

VIC

NZ

WA

SA/ NT

Tas

O/S

Delegates

33%

20%

20%

10%

9%

1%

0%

7%

Invited speakers

12%

21%

21%

17%

12%

0%

0%

17%

Selected speakers

29%

34%

17%

11%

6%

0%

0%

3%

Chairs

29%

18%

23%

12%

12%

6%

0%

0%

Program Comm

33%

0%

0%

33%

33%

0%

0%

0%

LOC

100%

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

Gender Balance

Female
Delegates 36%
Invited speakers 46%
Selected speakers 34%
All speakers 39%
Program committee 33%
LOC 25%
Chairs 35%

Acceptance rate of invited speakers as a percentage of invitations made

Female Male

QLD

NSW/ ACT

VIC

NZ

WA

SA/ NT

Tas

O/S

100% 54%

50%

100%

63%

67%

100%

0% (of 2 invitations)

0%

80%

Notes:

Invited speakers includes Plenary/Keynotes and invited symposia speakers
Selected speakers includes Rising Star awardees, but not medallists