Conference Policies

Our commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at M2S 2022

Since its inception in 1988, the International Conference on Materials and Mechanisms of Superconductivity and High Temperature Superconductors (M2S) conference has strived to bring together researchers, industry partners, academics and students in the area of Quantum Matter Physics and Quantum Mechanics from around the world to share their research and experience in the realm of superconductivity. Every three years, the honour of hosting this prestigious conference is passed on to a different research institute and this year, UBC is immensely proud to be hosting the 13th International M2S conference in Vancouver. Taking this opportunity, the M2S local organizing committee would like to acknowledge that we are situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm ( Musqueam); səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh ); and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) Nations. Please take a moment to read about these Nations and Peoples, to learn more about the land you will visit and its relationship to history.

In the last two years the local organizing committee has reflected deeply on the question: “How do we make this global conference inclusive and accessible for all?” This question became all the more important as the whole world was trying to collectively live through the myriad challenges posed by the global pandemic. Thus, the M2S advisory board, scientific program committee and local organizing committee members have tried to purposefully reflect their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the following ways :

  • Affirming our strong commitment to IUPAP policies and, constituting a committee comprising of three advisers to investigate any complaint pertaining to harassment at the conference.
  • Bringing together a repository of resources for conference members to learn more about the history and contemporary issues related to the lands and Indigenous Peoples of the region (the BC Campus Pulling Together Foundations Guide ; the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action and the  UBC IndigenousStrategic Plan ) and drawing attention to the rights of Indigenous people globally, as articulated in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
  • Ensuring the inclusion of all genders, racialized peoples, and early to mid career researchers and entrepreneurs from industry and academia across different geographies in our organizing committee, program committee, advisory board as well as conference speakers (invited and contributed) and presenters
  • Building a special session on the ‘Future of Conferences’ featuring senior students, Postdocs, researchers, academics and industry partners for the first time in the M2S conference program

M2S 2022 Policy Statement

M2S 2022 is committed to serving the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, genetic characteristics, disability and conviction for an offence for which a pardon has been granted or in respect of which a record suspension has been ordered. These grounds for discrimination are also prohibited under the Canadian Human Rights Act. The M2S 2022 local organizing committee strongly rejects any kind of discriminatory activity during the event. Action will be taken against those who are found in violation of the terms stated herein.

The M2S Conference 2022 abides by the IUPAP Policies on Conferences. 

Free Circulation of Scientists: The principle of the Universality of Science is fundamental to scientific progress.

This principle embodies freedom of movement, association, expression and communication for scientists, as well as equitable access to data, information and research materials. In pursuing its objectives with respect to the rights and responsibilities of scientists, the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) actively upholds this principle, and, in so doing, opposes any discrimination on the basis of such factors as ethnic origin, religion, citizenship, language, political stance, gender, or age. IUPAP should only sponsor conferences and events at institutions and in countries that uphold this principle. If scientists are excluded from attending IUPAP-sponsored international  conferences by a host institution or country on the basis of any of these factors, IUPAP should register its concern at the highest level of that institution or country, and should not sponsor any future events in that country until such exclusions have been eliminated.

Harassment at Conferences

It is the policy of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) that all participants at an IUPAP-supported conference will enjoy a comfortable experience, and that they will treat each other with respect at all times. The conference organizers will appoint two advisors at the conference who will consult with those who have suffered from harassment and who will suggest ways of redressing their problems, and an advisor who will counsel those accused of harassment. 

For M2S 2022, the contacts are:

Mona Berciu: M2S 2022 Conference Chair and Professor, UBC
Marcel Franz: Deputy Scientific Director, Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute and Professor, UBC
Doug Bonn: M2s 2022 Conference Chair and Professor, UBC


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