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 - Origins, 20th July, 2:00-3:30PM BST)
(ii) Learn about the barriers to inclusion (Panel 2 - The problem today, date and time TBD)
(iii) Co-create a manifesto for tangible actions for VMSG moving forwards (Panel 3 - The Future, date and time TBD).
PANEL 1 - Monday July 20, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (BST, GMT+1)
Origins: Understanding the impacts of historical inequalities in volcanology and magmatic research
Our five invited panelists (*) will explore the historical construction of inequalities in accessing research, the benefits gained from resources overseas (volcanological, mineralogical, petrological and geochemical) and how we might avoid ‘parachute’ science (**) in the wake of these privileges.
(*) Panelists: Jazmin Scarlett (University of Newcastle, UK); Elisa Sevilla (Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador); Kathryn Goodenough (British Geological Survey, UK); Matthieu Kervyn (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium); Richie Robertson (University of the West Indies, Trinidad). Chaired by Jenni Barclay (University of East Anglia, UK).
(**) parachute science: where we do research or fieldwork without involvement or acknowledgement of local scientific or non-scientific expertise. See: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-problem-of-colonial-science/
for an example in Conservation.
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.
This event will last 90 minutes (1 hour introduction from the panellists, followed by 30 minutes of discussion).