Retention of women in science and academia Workshop

Friday November 19th 2020, 09:30 – 12:30

Hosted by the GEODES Committee – GEOscience Diversity & Equality Switzerland

With support from the Swiss Geological Society & SCNAT

Workshop Aims
Raise awareness of the benefits that gender diversity, equality and inclusion bring for scientific advancement and research culture. This workshop will address the challenges, the statistics and the strategies aimed at improving the retention of women in science and academia, particularly in the Swiss (Geo)science community.  

Who is the Workshop for?
Geoscientists of all genders, backgrounds and levels are welcome & encouraged to attend. Only with inclusion and understanding from everyone can we guide our community to true diversity & better science.

Workshop Schedule
9:30 – 9:45      Welcome and introduction from the GEODES committee
9:45 – 10:05     Janet Hering (Eawag – Swiss institute of aquatic science and technology) – What a US-Europe comparison (and the impacts of the pandemic) can tell us about the factors affecting the advancement of women in STEM academics?
10:05 – 10:25    Frédéric Herman (University of Lausanne) – Recruiting procedures that promote excellence and equal opportunities
10:25 – 10:45    Coffee break / catch-up time
10:45 – 11:05     Heike Mayer (Economic Geography, University of Bern) – Evaluating quality instead of quantity in science : How does the Better Science initiative make this work?
11:05 – 11:25      Julie Posselt (USC Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California) – Practices in hiring and evaluating excellence from a US perspective
11:25 – 12:15      Panel discussion 
12:15 – 12:30     Outlook for 2022

Free registration for the workshop: 
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NOTE: Registration to the SGM 2021 is not required to attend the workshop.

What is the GEODES committee? 
The GEODES – GEOscience Diversity and Equality Switzerland Committee was created in September 2020 to support and promote specific actions to foster diversity, equality, and inclusion in Swiss Geosciences. you can visit the GEODES website under