Addressing inequalities in the Volcanic & Magmatic Studies Group community: A series of virtual discussion meetings - Discussion Panel 3
The Volcanic & Magmatic Studies Group (VMSG) aims to provide a supportive environment where all in the community are welcome and valued. We are keen to promote balance in terms of gender, ethnicity, religion, geography. location, physical ability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background & others. Nevertheless, we recognise that practice in encouraging diversity is not yet good enough in our community, and as our contribution to #BlackLivesMatters will convene a series of web-based discussion panels. These will acknowledge:

(i) The historical construction of inequalities in our research field globally (Panel 1 - 20th July). You can watch it here:
(ii) Learn about the barriers to inclusion (Panel 2 - The problem today - 26 August). You can watch this here:
(iii) Co-create a manifesto for tangible actions for VMSG moving forwards (Panel 3 - All I want for Christmas is some action on diversity in Geoscience’ - 18th December).

PANEL 3 - Friday 18th December 2020 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (GMT)
All I want for Christmas is some action on diversity in Geoscience

Our first two panels considered: (1) the origins of the issue with diversity in the community and (2) actions that can and have worked to improve the situation. With this panel we wish to conclude by finalising the actions we can and are taking to improve.
Throughout this process we have canvassed the communities opinions, collated them and compared them with our ongoing program to improve equality, diversity and inclusion. Using this we have prepared the document with ongoing actions, and proposed new actions.
During this panel we want to give you an opportunity to feed into these actions, and offer your support where needed. We also wish to open up a discussion about how we can lobby more effectively with partner and funding bodies.

Thus, we have invited both:
Sally Gibson (current Chair of VMSG and VMSG’s representative for both GeolSoc and Minsoc) and
Jo O’Leary, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for UK Research and Innovation
to participate in this panel.

There are a limited number of places available to attend this event. Information to join the virtual event will be emailed to you closer to the time, along with a set of proposed actions that we will discuss in the panel.

This event will last 90 minutes. The panel will conclude with their thoughts on the discussion created.
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