Gender Equity Policy

The Adaptive Optics for Extremely Large Telescopes Conference strives to achieve gender balance in all aspects of the conference. The organizers will endeavor to achieve this balance through equitable female and male representation on the science organizing committee and as session chairs, as well as through invitations to high quality oral and poster presenters of both sexes in line with the gender balance in our research community.

Statistics of the conference will be published in March 2017.

Please refer to Céline d'Orgeville, et. al., "Gender equity issues in astronomy: facts, fiction, and what the adaptive optics community can do to close the gap" (2014) for a community-wide statistical survey and analysis.
Additional resource: Jennifer Martin, "Ten Simple Rules to Achieve Conference Speaker Gender Balance" (2014) .

The AO4ELT5 Conference supports family/labor conciliation and an agreement has been made with the conference venue, Hotel Botánico, to provide childcare services for those participants travelling with their families. There is a Childcare Service from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.(Botanico Kinder Adventure) for children from 4 to 15 years for a price of 30 eur/day for those accomodated in the hotel, and 37 eur/day for those participants that are not accomodated at the hotel. For smaller babies, babysitters would be available on request. If you are travelling with your family and are interested in the childcare services please notify it when filling the Registration Form.

AO4ELT5 is happy to announce child care reimbursement of up to Euro 150 per family as part of our Gender Equity Policy to assist conference attendees who incur additional childcare expenses by attending this conference. Eligible applicants: Families where both parents are registered attendees at the conference or parent (registered attendee) who brings child(ren) to the conference. Limited funds are available and preference will be given to applicants in the early stages of their careers or those who will attend from far distance. Notification of reimbursement selection will be made prior to the conference.