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https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-1653
https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-1653
11 Jun 2024
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Earth Science for all? The economic barrier to Geoscience conferences

Francyne Bochi do Amarante and Mauricio Barcelos Haag

Abstract. Scientific meetings are vital for research development and networking. However, these events often perpetuate unconscious biases and barriers to diversity, particularly affecting ethnic minorities. The future success of geosciences depends on diversity, which enhances problem-solving and innovation through varied perspectives. This study examines the attendance diversity at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly from 2005 to 2024, focusing on the impact of economic factors, distance, and population size on participation. Using publicly available data from the World Bank and EGU, this study finds that gross national income (GNI) is the primary determinant of attendance, with a strong correlation between GNI and participation, especially post-COVID. Distance also influences attendance but to a lesser extent, while population size shows a weak correlation. To improve diversity in academic conferences, we suggest facilitating donations, offering affordable accommodations, establishing additional travel funds, and rotating the conference location. Our actions must go beyond the EGU General Assembly and other geoscience conferences, extending to barriers to inclusivity within our community. By addressing these financial and systemic barriers, geoscience conferences can become more inclusive, benefiting the entire scientific community.

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Francyne Bochi do Amarante and Mauricio Barcelos Haag

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Conferences are key for knowledge exchange and networking. However, these events lack diversity, favoring wealthier countries and limiting opportunities for scholars from lower-income regions. Our study of the EGU meeting reveals that attendance is mostly influenced by a country's income. To promote inclusivity, we suggest rotating event locations, offering affordable accommodations, and establishing travel funds. These steps can help create a more diverse and innovative scientific community.