The EGU recognises the value of diversity and equality. Within its
membership, geographical origin, gender, scientific discipline and age
balance are all factors contributing to the success of the Union. Since its
creation, the EGU has maintained a genuine interest in ensuring fair
treatment for all in its community. With sister organisations (e.g., AGU and
GSA) also taking on diversity and equality issues, the EGU has taken the
opportunity to work collaboratively with sister societies on these important
In autumn 2018, the EGU Council established the EGU Working Group on
Diversity and Equality, with the aim to promote and support diversity and
equality of opportunities in the Earth, planetary and space sciences, with
particular focus on EGU activities. The group works closely with the EGU
Outreach Committee and Council.
The D&E Working Group tasks are:
Promote the EGU vision to pursue diversity and equality of
opportunities with an integrated, coordinated, constructive and exciting
Raise the awareness of the scientific community on the inspiring
value of diversity.
Organise sessions and meetings dedicated to equality and diversity
issues during the EGU General Assembly, as well as at other conferences and
meetings organised by EGU and its sister organisations.
Represent EGU on relevant initiatives focusing on diversity and
equality in science.
Provide constructive suggestions and ideas to the EGU Council to
promote diversity and equality.
The working group is composed of a chair (with a three-year term
renewable once) and members, including representatives from sister
Claudia Alves de Jesus Rydin
European Research Council (ERC)
University of Bologna
Holly J. Stein
University of Oslo
Diversity and equality sessions at the GA 2019
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Following the success of previous years, this session will explore reasons for the under-representation of different groups (cultural, national and gender) by welcoming debate among scientists, decision-makers and policy analysts in the geosciences. The session will focus on both obstacles that contribute to under-representation and on best practices and innovative ideas to remove those obstacles. Contributions are solicited on the following topics: - Role models to inspire and further motivate others (life experience and/or their contributions to promote equality) - ...
Convener(s): Lisa Wingate
Co-Convener(s): Claudia Alves de Jesus Rydin, Fabrizio Storti
Wed, 10 Apr, 08:30–10:15 Room -2.16
Within the geosciences there are a number of prestigious award and medal programmes that recognise the scholarly contributions of scientists in their research field. Recognition by the research community and general public can boost the self-confidence and self-identity of scientists as well as creating role models for present and future generations of geoscientists. Furthermore, awards can lead to further positive recognition in the form of tenure, promotion or grant application and thus can significantly boost the recipient’s career trajectory. This ...
Convener(s): Alena Ebinghaus
Co-Convener(s): Judith A. McKenzie, Carsten W. Mueller, Jörg Schnecker, Cordula Vogel
Wed, 10 Apr, 16:15–18:00 Room -2.85
Finding the right balance between academic career and private life may be a major career challenge within an increasingly competitive work environment. In the modern academic world scientists are increasingly exposed to different forms of stress resulting from time constrains, low job security, financial pressure or mental overload. While some people thrive and excel in this demanding system, many scientists end their careers in academia because of fewer perspectives to reconcile professional success with family life and personal social demands. ...
Sexual and racial harassment and other hostile behaviors, including bullying and other forms of discrimination and incivilities, have wide-ranging detrimental effects on mental and physical wellbeing, including anxiety, depression, and physiological responses akin to trauma and can result in decreased motivation and work productivity. The tolerance of hostile behaviors can affect the community beyond the individual or individuals being targeted, and create negative work environments in entire research groups and departments. Traditional hierarchical structures within academia that create strong power ...
Convener(s): Claudia Alves de Jesus Rydin
Co-Convener(s): Daniel Conley, Marie Bocher
Orals | Wed, 10 Apr, 12:45–13:45 Room -2.32
The goal of the short course is to increase awareness of the impact of gender unconscious bias and provide tools to facilitate equitable decision-making across a range of processes. In this short course you will be presented with various situations where gender imbalance may occur and you will be invited to interactively discuss concrete actions to change this reality. The situations presented will range from formal/institutional (e.g. recruitment and evaluation committees) to informal/individual (e.g. daily-life choices or actions). The short ...
Convener(s): Claudia Alves de Jesus Rydin
Co-Convener(s): Alberto Montanari, Robin Bell, Chiaki Oguchi, Lily Pereg
Orals | Thu, 11 Apr, 14:00–18:00 Room E1
In today’s changing world we need to tap the potential of every talented mind to develop solutions for a sustainable future. The existence of under-representation of different groups (cultural, national and gender) remains a reality across the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM fields) around the world, including the geosciences. This Union Symposium will focus on remaining obstacles that contribute to these imbalances, with the goal of identifying best practices and innovative ideas to overcome obstacles. EGU is ...