DidThisReallyHappen?! team at the EGU 2019 in Vienna

For the fourth time in a row, we successfully presented the project DidThisReallyHappen?! at the 2019 European Geophysical Union’s (EGU) spring meeting in Vienna.

Martina Ulvrova gave an invited presentation within the “Diversity and Equality in the Geosciences” session convened by Claudia Alves de Jesus Rydin. For this special occasion, we distributed a booklet with some of the comics during the session. We had the opportunity to have vivid discussions on sexism in academia, work-life balance, awareness on gender imbalance and many other gender-related issues. We were happy and grateful to see that people (male and female researchers) were often curiously passing by, coming to us to talk and share their experiences. Many of them acknowledged the excellent work of Alice Adenis whose by-hand-drawn cartoons make this project unique.

Marie Bocher also animated a short course on gender unconscious bias with Daniel Conley during the meeting. During the course, Marie presented the often subtle situations in the work environment where one can encounter unconscious bias related to gender. How can you recognise such situations? How can you prevent them? Questions such as these were addressed by the audience during small group discussions following her presentation. The room was full and interesting exchanges flourished during the course. Let’s raise awareness on this very important topic!

Thanks to all of you who reached out to us. Your feedback is key to continue this effort!


Did this really happen?! at the AGU 2018

Melanie Gerault was given the opportunity to talk about didthisreallyhappen.net at the 2018 American Geophysical Union annual meeting in Washington DC, USA.

It was a fantastic opportunity to spread the word about our initiative and we were very grateful. Many thanks to those who have reached out to us with their testimonies in the wake of the presentation! The session (Diversity, Inclusion, and Equality in Geosciences I: Gender Issues and Solutions) was organised so as to give ample time for discussions with the audience after the talks.

Nothing makes us more hopeful than hearing about the solid initiatives that were presented during this session! Progress is on its way!