Conference Policy

Crystal31 Policies

The Crystal31 Committees recognise the positive impact that a conference speaking invitation has on the track record and visibility of its delegates. We also recognise that some sections of the scientific community are often under-represented in conference programs, and that this can affect diversity in the long-term. Our policies were developed to ensure quality and equality.


Invitations for the SCANZ 1987 Plenary Lecturer, Keynote speakers and invited symposia speakers will be made to high quality researchers that represent the broad diversity of our community. We aim to achieve a balance across geography, gender and experience. Because the number of invited keynote and symposia presentations are limited, invited speakers at Crystal31 will not include invited speakers at Crystal30, Crystal29, Crystal28 or Crystal27. Speakers selected from abstracts at the previous meetings may be invited to speak at Crystal31. Invited speakers at the previous meetings may be selected from abstracts at Crystal31. Rising Star Symposia Speakers will be selected by a specific committee. The Bragg and Mathieson Medallist Lectures will be selected by the SCANZ Executive.


The Plenary Lecture is supported by the SCANZ 1987 Fund. Our four Keynote Speakers are supported through sponsorship. No funding is provided to invited or abstract-selected symposia speakers. This funding policy means that we can keep the registration fee as low as possible for all attendees, to help ensure a successful conference. SCANZ provides funding support for the Bragg and Mathieson Medallists. SCANZ also provides funding support to students to attend Crystal31, but this is not tied to speaking invitations.

We are also seeking sponsorship of poster prizes and Rising Star awards


We welcome feedback from SCANZ members on this policy and how it might be improved for future conferences to better ensure quality and diversity.