Say my name, say my … pronoun?

Making an event accessible means to facilitate a space in which everyone can feel safe and welcome, without fear of being harrassed, ridiculed, or invalidated. In this post, we will take a closer look at how handling people’s names and gender pronouns can contribute to an inclusive atmosphere, using our registration forms and name badges as an example.

Names, pronouns, and official requirements

We care about calling people by their preferred* names and pronouns (she/he/they/etc.) because doing so signifies respect for people’s identities and their choices in relation to those identities. Continue reading

Language, please!

One of the first decisions we made as organisers was to set English as the conference language. In this post, we want to share the impacts and intricacies of that choice.

The ‘obvious’ choice

Changing Worlds has its roots in the English-language international Master’s programme ‘Science–Technology–Society’ at the University of Vienna. This, coupled with our vision of creating a conference that would attract participants from abroad as well as Austria, made English the ‘obvious’ choice – we were simply used to treating English as matter-of-fact.
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