The attendance of a conference on the subject of marine science will charge an entrance fee for white scientists but will allow all scientists of color in with no entrance fee.
The event in question, the POSea 2021 Conference, is a virtual conference for the “marine science BIPOC community,” will be forced to pay a $10 fee in order to attend as an “ally” and will seek to ban them from a selection of conference events entirely.
“Allies are welcome to attend the main conference events and support the conference by purchasing a $10 ally ticket. The conference is free for BIPOC scientists,” the description for the conference states that BIPOC stands for black, indigenous, and other people of color.
A “BIPOC only preview event” will be held out on July 31st, states the description of the conference on their website. The “main conference events” for this virtual conference are planned to be held from 4 p.m. Friday, October 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday, October 3.
The conference itself is stated to be co-hosted by the Minorities in Shark Sciences, Latinx in the Marine Sciences, Black in Marine Science, Black Women in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Science, Minorities in Aquarium, and Zoo Science, and BIPOC in Ocean Science.
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ABSTRACTS ARE NOW OPEN for the 1st #POSea2021 virtual conference on October 1st-3rd.
The deadline for abstracts is June 30th.
— Latinx in the Marine Sciences (@LatinxMarineSCI) June 2, 2021
“This conference will provide networking opportunities and professional development opportunities for participants while showcasing the work of BIPOC marine scientists from around the world,” states the conference description.
The conference accepted abstract submissions from “a broad range of topics” such as biological oceanography, chemical oceanography, marine geology, physical oceanography, marine ecology, environmental science, marine policy, aquarium/zoo science, and science education. The final day to make these submissions was this past Thursday.
The participants of this conference also have the chance to showcase their various organizations during the conference as an exhibitor. A complete list of people speaking and the consolidated agenda for the conference are slated to be released in early July.
This marine biology event is not the first event that has attempted to change entrance rates based on racial grounds, in this case only charging white people.
Earlier this past month, a group of organizers for an event celebrating Pride sought to charge “white allies and accomplices” a “reparations fee” in order to attend.
The event itself was called “Taking B(l)ack Pride,” which was supposedly about “lifting the voices, narratives, and contributions of black queer and trans voices,” stated the event organizers.
This event caused a chaotic mess even among the ranks of other LGBT groups, and lead to Capitol Hill Pride filing a complaint with the Seattle Human Rights Commission, stating that the policies of the event were extremely racially discriminatory. The event itself had been organized by the Trans Women of Color Solidarity Network and Queer the Land.