One of the goals of the NSF-funded ROOT & SHOOT Research Coordination Network (RCN) project is to work towards a culture where all are included, welcomed, and safe in our professional spaces, including conferences. Over the past two years, through the efforts of the Inclusive Conference Working Group, the RCN has focused considerable attention on making our conferences safer and more welcoming spaces.

One of the recommendations of the Inclusive Conference Working Group was to provide opt-in training for conference attendees so they are better prepared to respond to problematic behaviors that they might observe. Over the past year, the RCN has sponsored three free 3-hour bystander intervention workshops and one 1-hour advanced practice session, organized and led by the ADVANCEGeo Partnership

We are offering an additional 3-hour full training on May 22, 2024 at 11am EDT and a 1-hour advanced intervention scenario practice session on May 28, 2024 at 3pm EDT for people who have already completed the longer training session.

Who should attend these trainings? We particularly would like to invite people who plan to attend a 2024 plant science conference hosted by an organization affiliated with the RCN: APS (Plant Health), ASPT and BSA (Botany Conference), ASPB (Plant Biology meeting), MGC (Maize Genetics Meeting), and NAASC (International Conference on Arabidopsis Research). People who hold leadership positions affiliated with any of these organizations are particularly encouraged to apply, but no matter what career level you are at, you can learn from these trainings and be prepared to respond if a problem arises.

Each session has space for 100 participants, and we hope to allow all who are interested to attend. Please express your interest by signing up using the forms below.

Three-hour workshop: Wednesday May 22, 2024 from 11am-2pm EDT:

One-hour advanced scenario practice session: Tuesday May 28, 2024 from 3-4pm EDT: 

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