Funding to increase representation and inclusion in SMBE membership along all axes of diversity and to collect data on and/or address systemic racism, sexism, colonialism, and other exclusion within SMBE.
The Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE) is an international organisation that was established in 1993. Its mission is to provide facilities for association and communication among molecular evolutionists and to further the goals of molecular evolution, as well as its practitioners and teachers.
The SMBE IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) Initiative was launched in 2021. The goals of this initiative are twofold: to increase representation and inclusion in SMBE membership along all axes of diversity, and to collect data on and/or address systemic racism, sexism, colonialism, and other exclusion in SMBE.
A broad range of project types will be considered. Such activities could include organising workshops or symposia at the annual SMBE meeting. Proposals can also be focused on increasing representation within SMBE membership, such as projects to expand SMBE membership along one or more axis of diversity including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, ability, sexual orientation, etc. Proposals can be aimed at data collection in the context of exclusion or activities aimed at addressing exclusion. Specific actions aimed at facilitating inclusion are also appropriate for this initiative.