EGU General Assembly 2020
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Equality of opportunities in geosciences: The EGU Awards Committee experience

Özgür Karatekin
Özgür Karatekin
  • Royal Observatory of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium (

EGU, the European Geosciences Union, is Europe’s premier geosciences union, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the Earth, planetary, and space sciences for the benefit of humanity, worldwide. Every year, the EGU awards & medals programme recognises eminent scientists for their outstanding research contribution in the Earth, planetary and space sciences. In addition, it identifies the awardees as role models for the next generation of early career scientists to foster geoscience research.

Nominations for all the medals and awards are submitted every year online by 15 June by the members of the EGU scientific community. Any person can be nominated except the EGU president, vice-president council mem- bers (not including ex-officio members) and chair of the EGU committees. Then, each EGU medal or award is selected through a rigorous assessment of the candidates and their merits. The EGU Council, the medal and award committees members and the Union and division officers are committed to soliciting the nomination of deserving individuals by avoiding conflicts of interest. Proposal, selection of candidates and the time schedule are described in detail at EGU website.

It is a strict necessity when recognizing scientific excellence by any scientific association providing equal oppor- tunities and ensuring balance. The processes and procedures that lead to the recognition of excellence has to be transparent and free of gender biases. However, establishment of clear and transparent evaluation criteria and per- formance metrics in order to provide equal opportunities to researchers across gender, continents and ethnic groups can be challenging since the definition of scientific excellence is often elusive.

This presentation aims to present the experience and the efforts of the European Geosciences Union to ensure equal opportunities, Data and statistics will be presented in the attempt to provide constructive indications to get to the target of giving equal opportunities to researchers across gender, continents and ethnic groups.

How to cite: Karatekin, Ö.: Equality of opportunities in geosciences: The EGU Awards Committee experience, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-20850,, 2020

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Presentation version 1 – uploaded on 02 May 2020
  • CC1: details on awardees , Maria Bostenaru Dan, 02 May 2020

    This is indeed a convincing research, and the overall pies show that the % of awardees is close to the % of nominations. I would have liked to see the detailed bars figure also in a similar analysis.

  • CC2: Comment on EGU2020-20850, Kelsi Singer, 05 May 2020

    Thanks for collecting this information, and it was interesting to see the nomination data.  

    • CC3: Reply to CC2, Kelsi Singer, 05 May 2020

      p.s.  Is there any data you think would be helpful in dermining why there are less female nominations put forward?  As in the percentage of female nominations is lower than their representation at the EGU. (That seems like a complex topic but I thought I would ask :).    And I agree if possible the data per career stage would be interesting to see.