Dear Colleagues:

We've had a good response from many people to the Board Statement released last week, including hearing from many affected by the current situation. We want to move past words to thinking about what FORCE11 and the scholarly community should be doing to create truly inclusive spaces where scholarship can thrive globally.

We have started a conversation on the FORCE11 discussion forum and encourage and welcome your input around these topics. To participate, please join the group discussion here: This is an opt-in moderated list and therefore there may be a slight delay for your membership activation. Also, this is a Google group and as such you have the option to set you personal preferences on how you wish to be notified of posts to this list. Once you become a forum member you will be able to post to the Forum via email at ''

Some thoughts for discussion: What is the role of technology? Do we need to re-think the organisation of conferences? Could multi-site events actually work? How good is the technology, and the network connectivity in different parts of the world? Are there simple changes that could make a big difference?

Some have called for a blanket boycott of US meetings. I personally think this is overly simplistic. The process of preparing the statement led me to reverse a decision I took last week to turn down an invite to a US meeting. But how do we, as a scholarly community, express the point that this is damaging, not just to professional researchers, but to scholarship as a whole?

We'd love to hear your views.


President, FORCE11
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