IRIF is a French research institute in theoretical computer science, whose members have been distinguished by numerous awards .
In a recent update to its internal regulations, announced publicly on its website, IRIF now openly supports the right of researchers to publish in conference proceedings while declining to physically attend . environmental impact of travel.
IRIF thus makes a public statement: being accepted for publication in conference proceedings should not require travel, even when conference organizers want to make onsite attendance mandatory. Of course, there are many solutions for conference organizers who want to follow IRIF's policy: allow prerecorded presentations, make the conference hybrid, make conference presentations optional.
TCS4F, of course, supports this initiative by IRIF, and hopes that it can inspire other labs to adopt similar policies, and make it easier for researchers to publish without having to travel. TCS4F hopes that such initiatives can make conference publication, and ultimately careers in computer science, accessible to those who cannot travel or wish to protect the environment.