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Promoting and supporting equality of opportunities in geosciences (co-sponsored by JpGU)
Convener: Claudia Jesus-Rydin  | Co-Conveners: Caroline P. Slomp , Alberto Montanari , Sebastian Sobek , Helen Glaves , Bárbara Ferreira , Holly Stein , David Gallego-Torres 
 / Wed, 11 Apr, 15:30–17:00
 / Attendance Tue, 10 Apr, 08:30–10:00

Following the success of previous years, this session will be exploring reasons for the existence of under-representation of different groups (cultural, national and gender) by welcoming a debate with scientists, decision-makers and policy analysts related to geosciences.

The session will be focusing on both remaining obstacles that contribute to under-representation and on best practices and innovative ideas to tackle obstacles. Contributions are solicited to address:

- Role models to inspire and further motivate others (life experience and/or their contribution to promote equality, etc.)
- Concrete examples of imbalance representation preferably supported by data (namely awards, grants, high-level positions, invited talks, etc.)
- Perceived barriers to various sorts of inclusion (personally, institutional, cultural, etc.);
- Best practices and successful strategies to overcome the barriers, including:
• mentoring programmes,
• networks that work,
• specific funding schemes,
• examples of host institutions initiatives
• etc.
- Recommendations to new and innovative strategies to further overcome barriers

This session is co-organised with the European Association of Geochemistry and the European Research Council.