Practical recommendations on how to combat discriminatory work environments in the geosciences



Bullying and discrimination within academia are widespread and impact science at all levels. Early Career Scientists of underprivileged and underrepresented groups are those most affected by such work environments. Thus, discriminatory work environments further contribute to the continued lack of diversity within the geosciences, ultimately hampering scientific advancement. Systemic power dynamics within academia lead to the fear of retaliation and the impunity of professors, which is why culprits get away with abuse far too often. Despite increased discussions about this topic, institutions tend to provide little or ineffective support for those affected, nor clear steps forward. In this interactive short course, an expert panel will (i) provide practical recommendations on how to combat discriminatory work environments and (ii) explain strategies for bystander intervention. This will be followed by an open discussion between the expert panel and all participants about how to battle discriminatory work environments in the geosciences.
This Short Course is a joint effort of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group of EGU, the Young Hydrologic Society and EGU.
With Prof. Dr. Aradhna E. Tripati, Prof. Dr. Erika Marin-Spiotta, Dr. Anjana Khatwa and Dr. Moses Milazzo we have a great panel consisting of a diverse group of experts and ambassadors for more diversity and equity within the geosciences.

Co-sponsored by YHS
Convener: Andrea Popp | Co-conveners: Claudia Jesus-Rydin, Richard Pancost, Anouk Beniest, Hazel Gibson
Mon, 19 Apr, 14:30–15:30 (CEST)

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  • Erika Marín-Spiotta, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States of America
  • Anjana Khatwa
  • Aradhna Tripati
  • Alexandra Etheridge, U.S. Geological Survey, United States of America