The gender balance of the Australian space research community: a snapshot from the 16th ASRC, 2016

Horner, Jonathan and Nicholson, Belinda and Cairns, Ann and Short, Wayne and Gorman, Alice (2017) The gender balance of the Australian space research community: a snapshot from the 16th ASRC, 2016. In: 16th Australian Space Research Conference (ASRC 2016), 26-28 Sept 2016, Melbourne, Australia.

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Abstract

In recent years, there has been significant debate and discussion about the glaring gender disparity in the physical sciences. To better understand and address this within the Australian Space Research Community, in 2015 we began the process of keeping a record of the gender balance at the annual Australian Space Research Conference. In addition, we began holding an annual 'Women in Space Research' lunch at that meeting, to discuss the situation, and search for routes by which issues of equity can be addressed, and the situation improved. We present an update based on the 16th Australian Space Research Conference, held at RMIT, Melbourne, in September 2016. As in 2015, male attendees outnumbered female attendees approximately 3:1. However, there was a small shift (~2.3%) in the balance, with female delegates now making up 26.4% of the total, up from 24.1% in 2015. This shift was mirrored in the gender distribution of talks, with 28.9% of all oral presentations being given by women (up from 25.2%). More striking, however, were the changes in the distribution of plenary presentations (44.4% female, up from 22.2%), poster presentations (31.8% female, up from 7.7%), and student awards (33.3% female, up from 12.5%). These changes are encouraging, and will hopefully continue in years to come. The conference organising committee again mirrored the gender balance of the delegates as a whole (27.3 % female vs. 26.4% of delegates), though the program committee was markedly more male-dominated this year than last (82.4% male, against last year's 72.2%). At this year's 'Women in Space Research' lunchtime event, a number of suggestions were made that could help to make future conferences, and the wider community, a more equitable place... --- abstract abridged ---


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright © 2017 National Space Society of Australia Ltd. No evidence of copyright restrictions preventing deposit of Accepted version.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 15 May 2019 02:09
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2019 03:33
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 > 020102 Astronomical and Space Instrumentation
02 Physical Sciences > 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences > 020108 Planetary Science (excl. Extraterrestrial Geology)
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/35805

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