We stand with our colleagues in the Maize Genetics Cooperation in supporting targets of harassment and discrimination, and renew our pledge to uphold our code of conduct at ICAR meetings to prevent anyone from experiencing these harms.
While current accusations against a member of our community are being investigated and the facts may not yet be fully known (see information here), we are aware that there may be many of our peers and mentees who have previously and/or continue to experience harassment and discrimination in their workplaces. Recent news stories are likely to renew their pain.
NAASC is committed to creating safe conferences, and to working within our community to eliminate behaviors which are harmful to the targets, undermine the integrity of the scientific enterprise, and rob us of precious potential contributions by the survivors of abuse.
The North American Arabidopsis Steering Committee