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    Hans-Peter Grossart

    I liked the interesting points raised by the speakers of today’s Amplifying Voices Seminar. I guess we can be all more inclusive by knowing the different perspectives. It would be really nice to reach out to the broader ASLO community and at least increase the awareness where we ourselves can help to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice! Thanks toall the speakers and participants!

    Roxane Maranger

    Terrific session today! Thank you Leslie Townsell for leading us through a collective intelligence exercise on DEIJ and to Anwesha Gosh for presenting fabulous science in the critical region of Sundarbans in the Ganges Delta as well as clearly articulating the challenges of scientists in the Global South in the publication realm. We must continue to give voice and provide mechanisms to broaden our scientific lens by creating equitable opportunities.

    I read this piece in Nature today about the challenge open science principles have with regards to equity, particularly in terms of publishing science, which perpetuates this inequity:

    Can we as an ASLO community think of mechanisms to remove this barrier for our colleagues from the Global South?


    Fantastic seminar and so many stimulating ideas. Regarding the open science principles, I share the concern for OA fees. As long as authors pay, the OA fees compete with funding support for doing science, including for mentees. As the article Roxane posted, it is a stretch for many and impossible for some.

    Ajit Subramaniam

    I know that I am not contributing anything new here but the flip of OA fees is lack of access to journals/articles. I think that scientific societies have an important role to play here, especially those that publish journals. I think that ASLO has a good history of supporting publications fees but we need to be even more purposeful in directing resources for supporting OA fees in full for members from low income countries (I can’t resist pointing out that Membership has benefits and discounts in publications is a generous but often overlooked benefit for any member).
    The other issue that Anwesha raised is perhaps more complex than can be addressed in a few sentences in forum but one that we as reviewers, editors (and as authors) have to chew on – what is the purpose of a publication? What are all the modes by which knowledge is advanced? Are we really better off knowing nothing about an important ecosystem because some protocol was not followed?

    Leslie Townsell

    Thank you all for attending the Amplifying Voice seminar last week. I compiled all the fantastic answers that were give throughout the seminar and the questions associated with them below! Make sure to check out the rest of the forum and enjoy the safe space we have created! I look forward to engaging with you more across the different topics of the forum!

    Q: How do you define diversity?
    A: variety
    Differences in self ascribed identities
    Multiple backgrounds
    all feel comfortable and ideas welcomed
    Representation of different identities and lived experiences

    Q: How can minoritized groups be categorized?
    A: People of different ethnic and racial backgrounds, world views, sexual orientations, gender identities
    Age structure
    Socioeconomic background, nationality, first language
    socioeconomic status
    by culture, nation, race, ethnicity, abilities, economic conditions, education background, gender
    religious views and practices
    First generation

    Q: How are the remaining letters in DEIJ defined?
    A: E is equity, I is inclusion, J is justice

    E– recognizing and valuing diversity
    accepting people as they are
    Create safe spaces for people to feel welcome and to be their authentic self
    Taking part fully, acceptance

    I– Openness, proactive seeking of inclusion, welcoming
    Being accomplices in standing up for the rights of those that minorities or discriminated against
    Ensuring that inclusion is achieved, that bias is recognized and corrected

    J–accountability for injustices
    fair treatment for all
    fair treatment without prejudice
    and that equal doesn’t mean the same for all

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