What does it take to foster an inclusive geoscience community?
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Issue 101, May 2023
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What does it take to foster an inclusive geoscience community?

More support for women, early career scientists, educators and other under-represented groups

The geoscience community has long been recognized as one of the least diverse scientific fields. This month, EGU spoke to researchers about the exclusionary practices contributing to the low retention rate of minority groups within the geosciences, and to understand what needs to be done to usher in change.

Robyn Pickering and Rivoningo Khosa discuss the geological period that no one talks about: menstruation in the field, and why this silence must be broken. Geophysicist Fabio Crameri reflects on the struggles of being a parent or caregiver in academia, while EGU’s new Union-level Early Career Scientist Representative David Fernández-Blanco shares his plans to better support early career researchers.

We also hear from members of EGU’s Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee about their survey on workplace experiences of geoscientists from different backgrounds. And EGU’s Education Committee shares ways to bring science to educators and encourages you to get involved!

Do you want to do your part in making the geoscience community more inclusive? Watch our free EGUwebinar to identify and combat structural discrimination in your work environment and personal life.

Science Policy

GeoPolicy: Your summer time Science for Policy reading guide

It’s finally starting to feel a lot like summer, and with upcoming holidays and field work ahead, you may be looking for some holiday reading inspiration.

EGU’s Policy Manager Chloe Hill has got you covered, with a gripping list of science for policy book suggestions. Find out more in her latest blog post now!

Credit: European Parliament in Strasbourg. Credit: Chloe Hill

Science for Policy newsletter

This month’s newsletter brings you the latest in the #SciPol field with new opportunities to grow your network!

From a Science-Policy Matchmaking event, and Eklipse’s final evidence report on Biodiversity, to an open call for feedback on the EU’s Climate Targets for 2040, and a link to join the The European Climate Research Alliance’s Slack channel – all this and more, so get reading!

Journal Watch

“A probabilistic attribution assessment of the heatwave in Germany showed that such events of prolonged heat have become more likely due to anthropogenic global warming. Regarding future projections, an extreme summer such as that of 2018 is expected to occur… virtually every single year in a +2 ∘C warmer world.”

Rousi et al, 2023, Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences


May EGU journal highlights


EGU launches a new award, the Champion(s) for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Award

The award will recognise efforts resulting in a positive change in experience of the geoscience community. Nominate either individual or team candidates by 31 August 2023.

Resource of the month

How to build an LGBTQ+ network in geoscience

In STEM, LGBTQ+ people are more likely to leave their career-path due to prejudices against their sexuality or gender identity. This EGUwebinar explores why LGBTQ+ science networks are needed and how to build one.

Upcoming Dates

EGU Science for Policy Hangout

Come network with those working at the science-policy interface! Join us at 16:00 CEST on 5 June 2023.

Apply for an EGU Public Engagement Grant 2023

Want to raise awareness of the geosciences outside the scientific community? Apply for individual funding of €1500 by 16 June 2023.

Apply to EGU’s Science Journalism Fellowship 2023

Funding up to €5000 for journalists reporting on the geosciences. Deadline is 16 June 2023.

EGU funding for training schools and conferences

Submit a training school proposal or conference series proposal by 30 June 2023, for combined funding of €66,000!

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