Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Board

Diversity statement

BIRS's programs reflect our mission of promoting research at the frontiers of science and technology. Our events are destinations for learning, dissemination of knowledge, and raising community awareness. They embody our passion for critical thinking, discovery and innovation. We believe diversity is essential to excellence and that it takes all of us to shape a better world. It is therefore an integral part of our mission to create and foster a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment.

Diversity refers to the variety of experiences, values, and perspectives that arise from differences in culture and circumstance. Such differences may be consequences of race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, indigenous knowledge and culture, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic background, geographic regions and other factors. We strive to create an atmosphere where both similarities and differences are valued and celebrated.


BIRS Board of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion


Current Membership

The mandate of the BIRS Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Board (BIRS-EDIB) is to target populations that are currently under-represented in mathematics and related sciences. It seeks to ensure that BIRS provides them with open and equitable access to opportunites for their research and learning.

The BIRS-EDIB is chaired by the BIRS Scientific Director. The members are nominated by the Scientific Director for a 3-year term, after consultation with the sitting members of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Board.

The responsibilities of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Board are:

  1. To evaluate the support for EDI in proposals received by BIRS.
  2. To offer guidance in implementing concrete and timely EDI initiatives at BIRS.
  3. To make recommendations on the renewal and balance of its own membership.