Equality and diversity

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Equality and diversity

The ICMS is committed to equality and diversity in all its activities and developed the following action plan (2018-2020):

The 2023 action plan is currently being written.

Proposal Submission and Acceptance

  • Monitor gender ratios for organisers and participants at the proposal submission stage and challenge any proposal with no female organiser or a low gender ratio for potential participants.

  • Require workshop proposers to identify steps that they intend to take to improve diversity within their field.

  • To put greater emphasis on gender balance when considering proposals and, if appropriate, make the acceptance of a proposal conditional upon meeting gender balance expectations for potential participants. (See: LMS)

Practical and Financial Support

  • Publish and promote a clear and transparent Provision of Care policy to assist in the removal of barriers to participation, for example by offering: accommodation suitable for participants’ needs; ensure ICMS events are accessible to all participants; financial assistance for those with caring needs or responsibilities.
  • Seek funding that can be used to help remove barriers to participation including for participants from DAC List countries.
  • Support those who wish to participate in ICMS events but are not comfortable in approaching organisers directly.
  • Make imaginative use of web and audio-visual technologies to facilitate virtual participation.

 Participation and Organisation Rates

  • Monitor ethnicity of participants to inform future diversity action plans.
  • Monitor female participation rates at all levels and offer guidance to organisers towards target minimum participation rate of 25% by 2020.
  • Strongly encourage workshop proposers to include at least one woman as a workshop organiser or scientific advisor.

Environment and Communication

  • Create a pleasant gender-neutral working environment where everyone feels welcome and valued.
  • Ensure that all ICMS publications and communications including the website reflect its desire to support and nurture women and diversity in mathematics.


  • Work to ensure that at least 30% of appointed members of ICMS’s Programme Committee and Advisory Board, and 25% of its Management Committee are women.


  • Report gender statistics annually to Management Committee and the Advisory Board for all activities.

Events and Activities

  • Seek opportunities and funds to host events and activities for women mathematical scientists.
  • Seek opportunities and funds to host events and activities to encourage diversity in the mathematical sciences.


  • Ensure all permanent ICMS staff have access to CPD opportunities including regular unconscious bias training and other appropriate courses.
  • Make unconscious bias training available to all ICMS committee and Board members. Monitor and report numbers of members who have had unconscious bias training in the last three years.