Diversity and Inclusion Statement



Our Stance on Diversity and Inclusion


The Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS) celebrates equity, diversity, and inclusiveness and is committed to uniting everyone, regardless of their identity. These identities – including, among others, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, religion, varying physical ability and mental abilities, marital status, national origin, socioeconomic status, creed, class, age, profession, veteran status, and regional identity – carry socially constructed meaning and value. We are committed to fostering a culture that is engaging, supportive, rich in benefits, and inclusively diverse. In keeping with our mission of “disseminating knowledge and information concerning the art and science of spectroscopy”, SAS encourages collaboration between a diverse mix of minds, backgrounds and experiences.  We recognize however that we must do more to encourage, support and enable all scientists and engineers in our field. We are committed to working with our members and industrial partners to advocate for greater inclusion and equity in order to cultivate a respectful environment within both the scientific and wider community. We value each of our members and are proud of their diverse cultures, backgrounds, and life experiences.


We seek to encourage all leaders, members and sponsors to embrace the following principles intended to promote diversity in our profession.


Mutual Respect

We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and we fundamentally value and respect experiences and lifestyles that are different from our own. 


Knowledge and Creativity

By increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion, we believe we will access more expansive and varied ideas, information, and perspectives. In turn this will make us more creative and informed.



We believe we have a responsibility to society and our sector to achieve our scientific goals with honesty, fairness and transparency.


Peer Support

We aim to establish and build upon existing peer networks to help individuals achieve greater diversity and opportunity.