We care about diversity of conferences and events because we want them to be better for everyone.
Sign the diversity charter to show that you care too.
All too often we see conference and event lineups full of the same or similar people, we don’t want that anymore. We want diversity.
Diversity refers to a wide range of visible and non-visible characteristics; it’s about valuing variety, welcoming a range of backgrounds and opinions and embracing the benefits that differences bring. We believe that a diverse set of people on stage and in audiences will improve events and will ultimately change the industries they represent for the better.
We know that it takes more effort to increase diversity at events and we will show our commitment to making that happen by signing this charter.
This charter is for event organisers, speakers, individuals, employers, sponsors and venues. By signing this charter, you are committing to highlighting where there is a lack of diversity at events and doing what you can to make things better.
You can make better events for your participants by working harder to create a more inclusive environment. By signing this charter, you are committing to seeking ways to create better events by increasing the diversity of the people on stage as well as in the audience. You can use these ideas to help you. Once you sign the charter, you’ll get a logo to add your website to show your commitment to everyone.
Event speakers, individuals, employers, sponsors and venues
Influence diversity at conferences by being mindful of who is speaking and what the conference is doing to promote diversity. By signing this charter, you are committing to encouraging event organisers to consider making events diverse, highlighting when they aren’t and helping where you can.
Choose not to speak at events that will not commit to creating diverse events.
Choose not to attend and/or fund events that will not commit to creating diverse events.
Choose to not send employees to as audience members, speakers or panel members to events that will not commit to creating diverse events.
Choose not to fund events that will not commit to creating diverse events. You make sure you have a diverse range of people representing your organisation at events you sponsor.
Work with event organisers to ensure you are meeting diverse needs. Choose to not host events that will not commit to creating diverse events.
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I'll share this charter with friends and colleagues and also work to ensure any events I'm involved in managing reflect these principles
I want to make the events and communities I help organise more diverse but I recognise they have some way to go. Being explicit is a first step and I'm going to make sure we have our code of conduct and the Diversity Charter logo clearly on display. We try to encourage new speakers from our communities with shorter speaking slots and lightning talks that require less time investment and we also run regular speaker development workshops. But we need to keep finding ways to reach a more diverse crowd and ensure they feel comfortable however they participate.
We can make a difference! Diversity matters!
Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs
Northern User Experience
We strive to have an inclusive and diverse lineup of speakers at our conferences, our workshop events and out meetups, and in doing so hope to create a safe, welcoming, diverse and inclusive environment for attendees.