Among the topics discussed, there were the recommendations of the Diversity Task Force and the inclusion of a new institute in the collaboration.
The first item on the agenda of the latest Collaboration Board meeting, which was held on March 23, was the final report and the recommendations presented by the Diversity Task Force (DTF). Lawrence Pinsky, a representative of the DTF, recalled the outcome of their study on the ALICE working environment and summarized the actions that the Collaboration Board (CB) should implement. In particular, the DTF recommended the definition of policies and procedures for handling issues related to diversity and inclusion and the development of a dedicated website where the members could find useful information about this topic. It is also important that the CB establish closer ties to the CERN Ombudsperson, who can give support and advice. The DTF also recommended that ALICE introduce diversity training, which should be mandatory for all group and project leaders above a certain level and facultative – but highly recommended – for the other members. Finally, the DTF suggested that the CB discuss with the CERN management about the introduction of an ‘other’ option in the gender specification when registering with the laboratory. After a roundtable of comments, the recommendations were put to the vote and endorsed. Thus, in the following months the ALICE CB will work on implementing them.
The introduction of various annexes to the ALICE Constitution, which was largely discussed in previous meetings, was also voted and approved.
Annalisa Mastroserio, University of Foggia, Italy.
After a short presentation by Spokesperson Federico Antinori, who reported – among other things – on the excellent performance of ALICE in terms of scientific publications, the inclusion of the University of Foggia in the Collaboration was voted favourably. Annalisa Mastroserio, who was already a member of ALICE since long time, recently moved to the University of Foggia, where she is now leading the team working on ALICE. Her institute has been accepted by ALICE as a new full member clustered with the Polytechnic University of Bari.
Two Conference Committee members were also endorsed: Alice Ohlson, whose mandate has been extended for 2 years, and Mateusz Ploskon, who has replaced Christian Klein-Boesing.
The meeting was concluded by a report from the Conference Committee about the plan for the preparation of the Quark Matter 2018 Conference and a presentation by the ALICE Juniors, who shared their latest activities (for further information on this topic, please check the article ‘News from the Juniors’[link]).