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Improving EDI in academic and field settings

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An audit for action: strategies for change

2020 saw the geosciences community reaffirm its commitment to the development of a fairer and more equal field, especially in terms of racial equality. However, developing strategies to address the challenges of poor representation can be challenging, especially if we wish to do this in a way that does not further burden minority groups to make the changes we wish to see. Here, I will present a potential strategy for identifying barriers to inclusion and retention within academic geoscience settings, based upon work first undertaken in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford, and now being expanded across other departments in the UK. Finally, this work will discuss how similar strategies may be replicated (or preferably improved!) at other institutions, recognising that this is only one possible avenue to achieving change.

Happy Campers; perspectives on equality, diversity and inclusivity in geoscience fieldwork

Due to the unprecedented COVID -19 pandemic and growing awareness of the need for improved equality, diversity and inclusivity in the geosciences, the role of fieldwork has increasingly been called into question in recent literature and social media. In this contribution, drawing on my own experiences of working in the Highlands of Scotland, I describe how in the right place, with supportive people, adequate provisions and thorough planning, fieldwork can be accessible, inclusive and truly rewarding.

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