Statement of Community
The International Congress of Infant Studies (ICIS) provides a context for the dissemination of research methods and findings on psychological development during infancy and early childhood and supports open intellectual discussion about theory, research, and practice. The Congress is committed to serving the needs of all ICIS members, inclusive of career stage, theoretical orientation, methodological practice, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, physical appearance, ethnicity/race or country of origin, religion, and political views. ICIS expects all attendees at our meetings and events to treat each other with mutual respect.
As a society, we are unified in our concern for children who are victims of war, terrorism, violence, natural and manmade disasters, neglect, or harm of any kind. Our unequivocal opposition to and condemnation of events that harm infants, children, or families is inherent to our mission as a society. Unfortunately, unspeakable harm against children happens every day, in places all over the world, and it would be impossible to make public statements in a principled way every time children are harmed. Furthermore, as an international society that values the diversity of our membership and how we represent that diversity in our leadership, at professional meetings of our congress, and in our public communications, we do not assume that our leadership can effectively represent the views of all ICIS members. As such, the policy of the International Congress on Infant Studies is to not make public statements on world events. In lieu of making public statements, we are committed to using our science and knowledge to inform the public on best practices for infant development and to the dissemination of this work in our scientific publications, webinars and conferences, and Baby Blog.
Strategic Plan Overview
ICIS is guided by a set of four core values that underlie our mission and frame our strategic goals:
- Advancing the science of infancy
- Ensuring diversity
- Disseminating findings
- Educating researchers and key stakeholders
We achieve our strategic goals by producing a top scientific journal Infancy whose editorial board reflects these values; organizing a premiere scientific meeting that allows for the sharing of new findings, issues, and methods around the best science in the field; leveraging the energy and expertise of our membership; and drawing on available resources and creating new ones to promote scientific rigor, transparency, and data sharing on infant learning and development.