IEDA at the YES Roundtable at IGC Brisbane: Women in Geosciences

Aug 2012. At the 34th International Geological Congress in Brisbane, Australia, IEDA Director Kerstin Lehnert will be participating in the YES 2012 Congress Program as a keynote speaker for Roundtable 5: Women in Geosciences


The roundtable will take place on Thursday, 9 August, 18:30-20:30 (UTC +10), Brisbane Convention Center, Room P7 Plaza Level.


Webinar link:



Participants in the YES Network roundtable.


The conveners for this session are:

  • Tiffany A. Rivera, Roskilde University, Denmark
  • Ndivhuwo Cecilia Mukosi, Council for Geoscience, Limpopo South Africa
  • Joanne Venus, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, YES Network President 2010-2012
  • Ezzoura Errami, Africa Association of Women Geoscientists, Chouaib Doukkali University, Morocco

The Keynote Speakers for this session are:

  • Kerstin Lehnert, Director of Integrated Earth Data Applications, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, United States
  • Margaret Brocx, Standing Committee for Geological Heritage, Geoheritage, Geological Society of Australia
  • Joanne Venus, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, YES Network President 2010-2012




(All times are Brisbane time (UTC +10)


18:30 - 18:35 introductory remarks

18:35 - K. Lehnert
18:45 - M. Brocx
18:55 - J. Venus

19:05 - 19:15 break/organize into discussion groups (4 groups) (Not part of the Webinar)

19:15 - 19:45 group discussion (Not part of the Webinar)

19:45 - 20:25 group summaries
(presentation of group discussion results to the entire audience; each group allotted 10 minutes)

20:25 - closing remarks


** Focus Group #1: Identify challenges that women face in the workforce, and propose solutions to each of these that will allow for the gender gap to decrease and to remove the stigma associated with women in geosciences.

** Focus Group #2: Identify relationships between women, science, culture, and politics. Propose ways to strengthen these relationships in order to decrease the gender gap and/or stigma associated with women in science.

** Focus Group #3: Identify opportunities for women to act as leaders within the geoscience community. Propose areas of interest where female geoscientists can take on these leading roles.

** Focus Group #4: Examine the ways popular media and advertising portray women in science. Do you think these strategies attract women to science? How could outreach efforts be improved to reduce the gender gap?