Diversity has many dimensions including, but not limited to, race/ethnicity, gender, disability status, nationality, language, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic background. Diversity is key for scientific progress and society because different perspectives and life experiences give rise to diversity in scientific questions and approaches to address them, and stimulate collaboration between academics and local communities. Nevertheless, geosciences remain the least diverse of all STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.
In this short course, early career scientists will be presented with practical advice on how they can contribute to promoting diversity in both their present and future career stages and help to build a geoscience community that is welcoming and supporting to marginalized scientists.

The short course will consist of the following invited talks, followed by discussion with the speakers:

(1) Asmeret Asefaw Berhe: "Forms of diversity and how can early career scientists support it"

(2) Bala Chaudhary: "Building an anti-racist lab"

(3) Budiman Minasny: "The fair-play of scientific collaborations - beyond helicopter research"

Scientists of all career stages are welcome to participate and join the discussions!

Convener: Olga VinduškováECSECS | Co-conveners: Daniel EvansECSECS, Avni Malhotra, Layla Márquez San Emeterio, Erika Marín-Spiotta
Mon, 19 Apr, 10:00–11:00 (CEST)

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  • Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, University of California, Merced, United States of America
  • Bala Chaudhary
  • Budiman Minasny, The University of Sydney, Australia
  • Avni Malhotra, University of Zurich, Switzerland