The proposed IAU Symposia: “Astronomy for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion — a roadmap to action within the framework of IAU centennial anniversary” is planned for November 12-15, 2019 and to be hosted at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) – Mitaka Campus, in Tokyo, Japan. The venue was chosen not only by its location (direct bus to two main lines connecting to central Tokyo), but also because Mitaka Campus NAOJ has affordable lodging to some of the participants and accessible facilities for people with reduced mobility and other disabilities.
This meeting intends to actively consolidate and present best practices for identifying and addressing barriers to equal participation, expand our knowledge of diverse workplace policies, present new assistive technologies and demonstrate the advantages of diverse environments for research. It is aimed at all astronomy professionals that wish to bring inclusiveness to their research and diversity to their teams, work environments and institutions. By taking the opportunity of gathering experts and key people in the field, the organization intends to draft the “Mitaka Resolutions” born from the IAU 100-year celebrations (the timely date is the end of 2019) and the international commitment to equality, equity, diversity and inclusion. As a special satellite event, this IAU meeting will host, Inspiring Stars, the IAU inclusive world exhibition, open to the local community and showcase the team’s primary findings in dedicated sessions.