Europlanet Science Congress 2020
Virtual meeting
21 September – 9 October 2020
Europlanet Science Congress 2020
Virtual meeting
21 September – 9 October 2020
EPSC Abstracts
Vol.14, EPSC2020-743, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/epsc2020-743
Europlanet Science Congress 2020
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Equality of opportunities in geosciences: The EGU Awards Committee experience

Özgür Karatekin1 and Thomas Blunier2
Özgür Karatekin and Thomas Blunier
  • 1Royal Observatory of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium (ozgur.karatekin@oma.be)
  • 2Physics of Ice, Climate and Earth, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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 and 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 members (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 opportunities 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 performance 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. and Blunier, T.: Equality of opportunities in geosciences: The EGU Awards Committee experience, Europlanet Science Congress 2020, online, 21 September–9 Oct 2020, EPSC2020-743, https://doi.org/10.5194/epsc2020-743, 2020

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