Dear ASPS members,
Many of you will be aware of the concerns raised on social media regarding diversity, equity and inclusion at the ASPS-sponsored conference IPMB2022. We apologise for the hurt caused by how this was initially handled. ASPS condemns bullying, disrespectful and discriminatory behaviour and we consider it to be important that ASPS voices our concerns and publicly addresses the concerns of the community. For the past week, ASPS has been actively working with the IPMB board, the ASPB and The Global Plant Council to address the issues raised surrounding IPMB2022 and will continue to do so. We welcome input from our members.
Our public apology letter and commitment to using this opportunity for positive change is available here: https://www.asps.org.au/a-letter-of-apology-and-commitment-to-building-a-better-plant-science-community.