Conference Gender-balance endorsement policy

The disciplines represented in the Nano- and Microfluidic Community are traditionally male-dominated, and it is well known that the fraction of women in science falls at each increasing level of seniority ( It is also known that diversity in participation enhances productivity and increases the diversity of thought.  One way to increase diversity is to think about gender balance when organising workshops or conferences. This also aids the visibility of women, which is critical for their individual ongoing careers and provides valuable role models for younger women, keeping in mind women are typically well represented at the postgraduate level and in junior academic roles. We will not impose a 50:50 ratio (unrealistic considering the female participation rate in some disciplines), but we do aim to correct the imbalance in a way that promotes diversity while maintaining scientific excellence.

In organising the 2017 Australia New Zealand Nano- and Microfluidics Meeting, we have been concerned with the gender balance by paying attention to gender balance in the LOC and SOC, as well as in selection of our invited speakers. We will continue to report on gender balance in submitted and selected abstracts as time proceeds.

  • Local Organising Committee membership - F/M =
  • Scientific Organising Committee membership - F /M =
  • Invited speakers - F/M =

Historically, 26-32% of ANZNMF attendees is female, with the exception in Hobart in 2014 where the female participation was 40%. This compares well with the global distribution in this field, with the female participation as attendee and presenting author was 25% during the µTAS 2016 meeting in Dublin (1060 attendees). The first female plenary and keynote lectures during ANZNMF meetings were given during the 2016 meeting, where percentages of respectively 50 and 17%  compare well with the global µTAS meeting where 55% of keynotes and 20% of plenary presentations were given by females..


It is important to note our equity policy goes hand in hand with the ANZNMF’s Code of Conduct, ensuring that everyone is treated respectfully and fairly, and that the 2017 ANZNMF Meeting is free of harassment. The Code of Conduct is included on our conference policy page. LINK. If you are aware of any instances of harassment or inappropriate behaviour please let us know by contacting the co-Chair of the meeting, Michael Breadmore (, directly.  


Code of Conduct

It is the policy of the Australia New Zealand Nano and Microfluidic community that its members and all participants in its activities are able to enjoy an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. The ANZNMF is committed to making its meetings and events productive and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, nationality or religion. We will not tolerate harassment in any form during ANZNMF activities.

This code of conduct applies to all participants of the ANZNMF Meeting.

We ask that you follow these guidelines:

  • Behave professionally. Harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary comments or jokes are not appropriate. Harassment includes sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, sexual attention or innuendo, deliberate intimidation, stalking, and photography or recording of an individual without consent. It also includes offensive comments related to race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size or religion.
  • All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual or sexist language and imagery is not appropriate.
  • Be considerate and respectful to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Critique ideas rather than individuals.

Individuals engaging in behavior prohibited by this policy as well as those making allegations of harassment in bad faith will be subject to disciplinary action. Such actions range from a verbal warning to ejection from the meeting or activity in question without refund of registration fees and the reporting of their behavior to their employer. Repeat offenders may be subject to further disciplinary action, such as being banned from participating in future meetings or other activities. Anyone who wishes to report a violation of this policy is asked to speak confidentially to the meeting organiser.

ANZNMF strives to provide an equitable and diverse forum for the discussion and exchange of scientific ideas. For more information please see our gender and diversity policy