Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: tackling gross under-representation and recognition among talents in Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry

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Olivier Pourret , Pallavi Anand , Sandra Arndt , Pieter Bots , Anthony Dosseto , Zimin Li , Johanna Marin Carbonne , Jennifer Middleton , Bryne Ngwenya, Amy J. V. Riches

Abstract

Diversity, at every step along the scientific path, drives innovative research. Scientific societies, like the Geochemical Society (GS) and the European Association of Geochemistry (EAG), have a significant influence on which innovators are celebrated. Such choices have the consequence of shaping the future of research, and so are responsible for the evolution of our discipline and its relationship to the global community. These professional bodies are uniquely positioned to define and promote the success of all scientists, including those from under-represented groups, through proactive advocacy, inclusive mentorship, awards, and leadership. At present, the only data available to examine the distribution of under-represented groups between memberships, awardees leadership are those of gender. To assess gender diversity in the geochemistry and cosmochemistry community, we thus introspectively review available records of GS and EAG membership through Goldschmidt Conference attendees, awardees, leadership, and editorial boards. This work identifies areas for growth and begins a dialogue about how the society and its members can work together to better reflect and progress our community.
Our examination of the record spanning the last decade demonstrates that leadership positions, awards, and honors have continued to be disproportionately given to white men, to the exclusion of women. The GS and EAG have recently taken positive steps towards becoming more inclusive; however, much more work is needed. In order for both communities to become diverse, equitable and inclusive, where all scientists flourish, we offer suggestions for swift steps that the GS and EAG and their members can pursue. The suggested structural improvements will require ongoing analysis and reforms, which must be shared by all of us, to create a sustainable legacy that we can be proud of.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31223/X5J024

Subjects

Physical Sciences and Mathematics, Social and Behavioral Sciences

Keywords

gender equity, professional societies, DEI, under-reprensentation, awards, under-representation

Dates

Published: 2021-02-25 16:20

Last Updated: 2021-02-25 16:20

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CC BY Attribution 4.0 International

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