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Field-based experiences, such as participation in a remote field camp or in an offshore research expedition, are important components of geoscience education and research. Such experiences can be both empowering through synergistic collaboration and teamwork, but also intimidating when individuals are pushed beyond their comfort when confronted with unexpected or unwelcome situations. There exist additional barriers in terms of entry and inclusion for those with disabilities. Similarly, lack of sensitivity to cultural differences present an additional barrier to inclusivity. Reports of harassment (both sexual and non-sexual) remain high, particularly among those who do not identify as male.

Although these barriers are likely to be common across efforts, individuals and organisations often tackle these issues independently. Therefore, we propose a Town Hall platform that encourages discussion highlighting efforts and experiences of improving inclusivity in field-based geoscience. Although the exact topics that could be discussed are endless, we choose to focus on three themes:

• Fostering inclusivity and minimising harassment in isolated/remote environments
• Teamwork and the issue of hierarchy on research vessels and stations
• “Personal time is personal”: Accessible fieldwork for everyone

The Town Hall Meeting will begin with a short panel discussion with panelists discussing each of the three themes in turn. Then, participants will break into small groups that each discuss one of the three themes, with a focus on sharing initiatives that have and have not worked, as well as identifying remaining barriers to effective fieldwork that need to be addressed. Finally, each small group will report their collective discussions across the other small groups.

The aim of this Town Hall Meeting is to foster discussion between participants towards a collective and cohesive vision on tangible actions to make the next step towards inclusivity in geoscience fieldwork. Notes from each small group discussion will be compiled and a report disseminated to participants at the conclusion of EGU22.

Public information:

We are pleased to welcome our three panelists, who have been at the forefront with innovative ways to increase inclusivity in the field sciences:

Michael Prior-Jones (Research Fellow, Cardiff University)
Ines Dussaillant (Postdoc, University of Zurich)
Anna McGregor (Lecturer, University of Glasgow)

Convener: TJ YoungECSECS | Co-convener: Anouk Beniest
Mon, 23 May, 19:00–20:00 (CEST)
 
Room G1
Public information:

We are pleased to welcome our three panelists, who have been at the forefront with innovative ways to increase inclusivity in the field sciences:

Michael Prior-Jones (Research Fellow, Cardiff University)
Ines Dussaillant (Postdoc, University of Zurich)
Anna McGregor (Lecturer, University of Glasgow)

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Speakers

  • Michael Prior-Jones, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
  • Ines Dussaillant, University of Zurich , Switzerland
  • Anna McGregor, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom