Diversity Working Group at EWASS 2018
April 4, 2018

Europlanet is committed to building a diverse, inclusive planetary science community in Europe and to ensuring that individuals within that community experience equal opportunity, regardless of gender, disability, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital status, age, nationality or socioeconomic background.

Europlanet Diversity Working Group

Following a ‘Diversity Breakfast’ event at the 2017 European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) in Riga, Latvia, where delegates discussed issues of discrimination and inequality in planetary science, a Diversity Working Group was formed, made up of people from a range of backgrounds. We are developing Terms of Reference for the group working within the Europlanet organizational structure, are developing short- and long-term objectives, hold monthly online meetings to work on these and hope to effect significant changes within the planetary science community. Short term, we have been discussing and implementing measures to facilitate inclusiveness at EPSC 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

For the longer term, we are collating resources including scientific papers, articles, organisation details, and videos pertaining to the promotion of equality in STEM. We plan to research and make use of existing initiatives that can benefit the Europlanet Society in the future, and identify areas within the Society that would benefit from the development of new initiatives to improve inclusivity in planetary science for all. We believe that individuals, groups, and planetary scientists in general would benefit from a commitment to equity and diversity, and we would like to ensure that EPSC and Europlanet overall become exemplars of these benefits.

Jacqueline Campbell of the Diversity Working Group is presenting a poster at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS) 2018 on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th April.

Download a pdf of the poster

If you are interested in joining the Europlanet Diversity Group, please e mail us at: europlanetdwg@gmail.com