The AESC 2021 committee has taken the following initiatives (in blue) to celebrate diversity in compliance with the GSA Code of Conduct.

Today (11-02-2021) is International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Please celebrate and contemplate both the improvements made to date and challenges that still exist for women in science.

Ross Turner at the University of Tasmania and local equity and diversity committee have complied this poster highlighting the achievements of some notable, but not always fairly credited, female scientists from across our disciplines.

School of Natural Sciences Equity and Diversity Committee, University of Tasmania.

Initiative 1

The AESC encourages the inclusion of a slide in presentations that informs us of your source of inspiration (e.g. slide 1), facts from your home country (e.g. slide 2), facts about indigenous knowledge and history in their field areas/favourite places (e.g. slide 3), facts on traditional knowledge and its importance (e.g. slide 4 and 5) and fascinating work being done by you and your colleagues related to diversity and inclusion (e.g. slide 6 – indigenous networks and 7 – LGBTQ+ networks).


Slide 1

Slide 2

Slide 3

Slide 4

Slide 5

Slide 6

Slide 7

Initiative 2

We are requesting our plenary speakers to include a bit on their source of inspiration in their career (or in general) in the plenary talk. This may include collaborations with diversity networks (general, indigenous, LGBTQ+, etc.)


Initiative 3

The AESC 2021 will showcase personal stories about their journey, on how they got to where they are and how a career can evolve through the Share your story session. This session has been designed to showcase all forms of diversity in Earth Sciences and to inspire others to reach their career potential through your personal stories. The event will be run virtually during the AESC (9th–12th February) during the ‘Share your story’ session. Each talk will be pre-recorded and will run for 5 mins each, followed by a live (Q&A) session. For further details and not so frequently asked questions, SEE BELOW.

Session Day & Times:
Friday 12 February | 2:30pm – 3:30pm AEDT | 4:00pm – 5:00pm AEDT

Recordings were to be uploaded by 27 January 2021. If you still wish to participate please email Indrani Mukherjee and Hannah Moore

Initiative 4

The AESC will be the first convention to have a session on indigenous perspectives and contributions to Australian Earth Sciences (session titled “Australian Aboriginal history and its influence on Science”). This session (details coming soon!) will address the questions below:

a) What do we know? – Focus on indigenous people’s history, knowledge, and its impact on Science

b) What is being done (and not done)? – Focus on scientific collaborative work being done by indigenous and non-indigenous people, key issues regarding aboriginal intellectual property, inclusion of indigenous knowledge in school and university curriculum

c) What can be done (or needs to be done)? – Focus on identifying more but ethical collaborative pathways for scientific advancements, encourage awareness on importance of indigenous knowledge and include indigenous concepts in secondary and tertiary education.

Initiative 5

“Picture a Scientist” movie screening – This documentary is an account of the hardships faced by women in STEMM and their exceptional strength with which they have overcome their challenges. The film is shocking, poignant, but also empowering and inspiring at the same time. This documentary should be viewed by all, not just women.

About the GSA

The Geological Society of Australia was established as a non-profit organisation in 1952 to promote, advance and support Earth sciences in Australia.

As a broadly based professional society that aims to represent all Earth Science disciplines, the GSA attracts a wide diversity of members working in a similarly broad range of industries.