The gender balance of the Australian Space Research Community: a snapshot from the 15th ASRC, 2015

Horner, Jonathan and Gorman, Alice and Cairns, Ann and Short, Wayne (2016) The gender balance of the Australian Space Research Community: a snapshot from the 15th ASRC, 2015. In: 15th Australian Space Research Conference (ASRC 2015), 29 Sept - 1 Oct 2015, Canberra, Australia.

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Abstract

In recent years, the striking gender imbalance in the physical sciences has been a topic for much debate. National bodies and professional societies in the astronomical and space sciences are now taking active steps to understand and address this imbalance. In order to begin this process in the Australian Space Research community, we must first understand the current state of play. In this work, we therefore present a short ‘snapshot’ of the current gender balance in our community, as observed at the 15th Australian Space Research Conference.

We find that, at this year’s conference, male attendees outnumbered female attendees by a ratio of 3:1 (24% female). This gender balance was repeated in the distribution of conference talks and plenary presentations (25 and 22% female, respectively). Of the thirteen posters presented at the conference, twelve were presented by men (92%), a pattern repeated in the awards for the best student presentations (seven male recipients vs one female). The program and organising committees for the meeting fairly represented the gender balance of the conference attendees (28% and 30% female, respectively). These figures provide a baseline for monitoring future progress in increasing the participation of women in the field. They also suggest that the real barrier is not speaking, but in enabling conference attendance and retaining female scientists through their careers – in other words, addressing and repairing the ‘leaky pipeline’.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright © 2016 National Space Society of Australia Ltd. No evidence of copyright restrictions preventing deposit of Accepted version.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2017 06:04
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2017 00:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: women in STEM, gender equity, space sciences
Fields of Research : 02 Physical Sciences > 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences > 020110 Stellar Astronomy and Planetary Systems
02 Physical Sciences > 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences > 020199 Astronomical and Space Sciences not elsewhere classified
02 Physical Sciences > 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences > 020108 Planetary Science (excl. Extraterrestrial Geology)
02 Physical Sciences > 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences > 020102 Astronomical and Space Instrumentation
02 Physical Sciences > 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences > 020109 Space and Solar Physics
02 Physical Sciences > 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences > 020107 Mesospheric, Ionospheric and Magnetospheric Physics
02 Physical Sciences > 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences > 020101 Astrobiology
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/30225

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