Diversity, equity, inclusion and field safety: an Arctic perspective

29 March 2022 from 13:00 - 15:00 (CEST / GMT+2)

Open Session



Session Abstract

SIOS Knowledge Centre (SIOS), Association of Polar Early Career Scientists Canada (APECS Canada), Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) and University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) will co-convene this side meeting, which will be an arena for information exchange concerning how diversity, equity and inclusion relates to field safety in cold and remote environments. Failing to consider the individual needs of a diverse work force can act as a barrier for the full participation of women and underrepresented groups in Arctic research and operations, and in the worst case can discourage young professionals from pursuing these careers altogether. This session will showcase examples of good practice that has been implemented and identify actions that can be taken by institutions that are responsible for the safety of their students and employees. We hope that Arctic workers from as wide a range of backgrounds and identities as possible participate to ensure a fruitful and lively discussion.

So far, confirmed keynote speakers are:
Professor emerita Karen Messing, PhD, department of biological sciences University of Quebec at Montreal. Her research is in the field of gender ergonomics and occupational health, and she is a world-renowned expert on women’s occupational health. She was the leading keynote at the 2021 triennial meeting of the International Ergonomics Association and gave an invited lecture at the 2021 meeting of the International Occupational Hygiene Association.

Associate Professor Meredith Nash, Director for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity at the College of Arts, Law, and Education at the University of Tasmania and Senior Advisor on Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity at the Australian Antarctic Division. Her research group has led the field in developing numerous ground breaking projects focused on the challenges of gendered fieldwork in remote polar settings, designing intersectional leadership programs for women, evaluating institutional gender equity in STEMM programs, and encouraging male allyship in STEMM organisations.

Abstract submission:
We are now accepting abstracts for oral presentations relating to this topic. Please submit your abstract using this abstract submission form.
The deadline to submit your abstract is Sunday 30 January 2022 at 18:00 CET.
We aim to notify the chosen speakers by 4 February 2022.

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Session Organizer: 

Maria Jensen  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.