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The European Respiratory Society (ERS) is committed to evolving to become an organisation that is diverse and inclusive in all aspects. At present, we recognise that women and other groups are underrepresented in leadership and in senior positions within medicine and science overall. These are facts that we are determined to see change.
Although the organisation’s origins began in Europe, the ERS membership now includes respiratory professionals from all parts of the world, representing the wide spectrum of disease areas and specialties relevant to respiratory medicine and science. Diversity is key to reflect this scientific excellence, and ERS is extremely proud of its diverse and high-quality membership, and remains committed to making greater strides to ensure the leadership reflects this.
ERS has developed key working groups to better identify and address barriers that underrepresented groups face within respiratory medicine and science. Initiatives that ERS encourages members to become involved in to achieve these goals include:
Going forwards, ERS aims to include faculty members of different ages, gender, background, specialties and from wider geographic regions, in order to better represent the diverse ERS membership. ERS has already made some progress by achieving and exceeding key annual goals:
ERS recognises there is more to be done to improve diversity and inclusivity across the Society without compromising quality and excellence, therefore ERS is taking action to empower and encourage specific groups to engage with the Society and help steer ERS to success. ERS is now setting out to review all its activities to ensure that, as much as possible, it is increasingly diverse across:
If you have any comments or questions please contact ERS: firstname.lastname@example.org