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Joint statement on inclusiveness and international cooperation

 

 

Heidelberg, 29 August 2017 - Life science, like all science, is an international enterprise that relies on scientists in and from countries around the world. The upcoming 2017 first joint ASCB|EMBO Meeting highlights the importance of inclusiveness and of the exchange of information and ideas beyond national boundaries. As ASCB and EMBO prepare for our joint Meeting in Philadelphia this December, we were saddened to see the hate-filled violence that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia and the validation of the perpetrators of that violence by President Trump in the days that followed. Rights and privileges should not be based on skin color or religion. We know that diversity in thought, background, and world view is critical to good science. Now, as our values of equality and diversity are threatened, we reiterate our commitment to welcoming and including all attendees regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, or home.

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Tilmann KiesslingTilmann Kiessling
Head, Communications
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