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!

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We presented our work at EGU 2018

This year we were participating for the third time in a row at European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, the biggest geology conference held in Europe with more than 15 000 participants.

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We contributed to the “Promoting and supporting equality of opportunity in geosciences” session organised by Claudia Alves de Jesus Rydin that focused on exploration of the reasons why different groups are underrepresented in geosciences. We showed a poster about how we came along to this webpage, what we experienced as a team and the idea of pointing sexism in academia through comic stips. The poster presented by Marie was a great success. A lot of people came along and we had fruitful discussions.

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Secondly, Marie gave a short talk in the same session on “Examples of real-life biases in the geosciences”. She talked about questioning the competences of female researchers, keeping females in traditional roles and keeping males in traditional role.

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We had a great time interacting with our colleagues, spreading the awareness of the problem of sexism in geosciences and underrepresentation of female researchers. EGU is a unique occasion to show our work and encourage our male and female colleagues to participate in the project. It is also a great booster for our work as so far all is done on a volunteer basis. Thank you Claudia for organising such a great session and many thanks to all that came along to discuss with us and for words of encouragement to carry on this project.