SC3.11 | Neo-Colonialism in geosciences: what is it and why should you care?
Neo-Colonialism in geosciences: what is it and why should you care?
Co-organized by GM12/GMPV11/SSP5
Convener: Robyn Pickering | Co-conveners: Giuliana Panieri, Lisa Wingate, Anouk Beniest, Barbara Ervens
Mon, 24 Apr, 16:15–18:00 (CEST)
Room 0.96/97
Mon, 16:15
"Neo-Colonialism", “colonial science” or “parachute science” is a practice where international scientists, usually from higher-income countries, conduct field work or collect data and samples in another country, usually of lower income, and then elaborate the data and publish scientific papers without involving others from that nation.
This short course will provide participants with an introduction to the colonial science, defining the terminology, highlighting pertinent examples on how outdated colonial terminology widely used and without critical consideration have been causing misinterpretation in science, created a dependency on expertise with consequent lack of knowledge building and infrastructures development in countries that have been the base of important discoveries.

Curious about what scientific neo-colonialism is? Want to know more about this topic and how it relates to your own geoscience research?

Please join us for to learn more about what scientific neo-colonialism looks like in geosciences, hear from researchers from the Global South and discuss ways in which to make our discipline more inclusive, equitable and better.

We are delighted to include a panel discussion with:

  • Elinor Meredith and Susanna Jenkins, Volcanic Hazards and Risk Group, Earth Observatory of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, who will speak about their paper on volcano research authorship:
  • Barbara Evrens, CNRS, Institute of Chemistry,  University Clermont Auvergne, France, and chair of the EGU Publications Committee, who will speak about the role of EGU publications in combating neo-colonialism.


  • Elinor Meredith, University of Twente, Netherlands
  • Susanna Jenkins, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Barbara Ervens, CNRS, France