EDI @ Capra

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

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Why Are We Doing This?

In 2020, less than 5% of Capra speakers were women. With help from the Capra community, the first ever Capra Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) team hopes to improve on this participation number. Our mission is to create a welcoming and diverse research community for everyone.

LISA launches in less than 15 years. Diverse teams perform better.


Statement of Inclusion

Capra meetings are open to all researchers regardless of gender, age, race, disability, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, civil status, or family status. We urge all those with an interest in research on self-force and extreme mass-ratio inspirals to register for this meeting and submit an abstract for a presentation. Past and current attendees should encourage a broad spectrum of their colleagues to apply, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups (such as Black and Indigenous People, People of Color, People from Ethnic Minority groups, members of the LGBTQ+ community, Persons with disabilities and Women). 


Roles of the Capra EDI Team and Who We Are


Meet the Team:


Lisa Drummond, MIT Kavli Institute, U.S.A.

Alexander Grant, University of Southampton, U.K.

Team Members: 

Aaron Zimmerman (Secretary), The University of Texas at Austin, U.S.A

Anna Heffernan (EDI Editor), University of Balearic Islands, Spain

Eunice Monyenye Omwoyo, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Senegal

Jake Williams, University College Dublin, Ireland

Jonathan Thompson, Caltech, U.S.A.

Leanne Durkan, The University of Texas at Austin, U.S.A.

Lidia Gomes Da Silva (Web Administrator), Queen Mary University of London, U.K.

Rodrigo Panosso Macedo, The Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Samuel Upton, Astronomical Institute, Academy Sciences of the Czech Republic (ASCR)

Zachary Nasipak, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland, U.S.

Vojtech Witzany, University College Dublin, Ireland

Jonathan Thornburg


Duties of the Capra EDI Team:


Past and Current Projects

The Capra EDI team is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and believe that inclusion statements alone are not enough. In addition to advertising Capra widely, below are a list of additional projects that we hope to pursue in order to ensure equal opportunities at Capra:


Ideas for Participants

As attendees at this conference, here are 5 recommendations to encourage EDI implementation at your home institute:


Feedback and Points of Contact

If you have any feedback or suggestions as to how we can ensure a successful and inclusive Capra meeting, how we can do more to provide equal opportunities, or if you have experienced any issues, please do not hesitate to get in touch. 


If you wish to provide anonymous feedback, please fill in the form on the Contact Us page.