The European Magnetism Association is an umbrella organization for the magnetism community across Europe and it strives to be a welcoming organisation for everyone within that community, regardless of their gender, race, disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, nationality, or social class.
The role of the Officer of Gender and Diversity within EMA was created in 2020 to evaluate, monitor and improve gender and diversity outcomes across the many actions of EMA, including the Joint European Magnetism Symposia (JEMS), the European School on Magnetism (ESM), the awards, and the online seminar series.
The value of events is enhanced when attendees from all segments of the community are assured of a safe, respectful, and inclusive environment, free from any discrimination and harassment that may prevent full participation. To this end, EMA has recently introduced a Code of Conduct for EMA-supported events. This code aims to create an environment where inclusiveness is encouraged and embraced, and harassment and bullying are explicitly prohibited. It includes mechanisms by which violations of the code can be reported and details consequences for such violations.
Furthermore, events co-organized or endorsed by the EMA, such as JEMS and ESM, and those supported by a technical sponsorship will be tasked with making a concerted effort to achieve an appropriate representation of women and other minorities at these events. Specific Guidelines for Gender and Diversity will be distributed to event organisers which include specific actions on ensuring diversity in organising committees and speaker lists, recognising and facilitating the family commitments of attendees, gathering diversity data and evaluating the effectiveness of any measures taken to improve diversity.
Since its inception in 2020, the organising committee of the EMA e-seminar series have made a concerted effort to ensure its speakers represent the community from which they are drawn. For instance, 40% of all early-career speakers to date are female, closely matching the percentage of female doctoral graduates in the physical sciences at the European level (She Figures report, 2021).
Gender and diversity actions are not only about addressing the needs of minority scientists and students – they are about ensuring the long-term creativity and vibrancy of the whole magnetism community.