Open letter to the President and to the Vice-President of the European Geosciences Union

Gender equality within the European Geosciences Union? Apparently not…

Barbara Wohlfarth

Vienna, April 9, 2013

Dear colleagues,

It has been a few years since I last attended the EGU General Assembly, which has always been an excellent forum for me to catch up on latest research results, to learn more about new research directions, and of course to meet colleagues. This year I am attending the EGU General Assembly again, mainly because the Earth Science Women’s Network had invited me to give a lecture.
Having lived in Sweden for the past 20 years, gender and gender biases are no longer very big issues, because we employ (at least at universities and in research) the principle of an even gender balance at all levels. 15 to 20 years ago, when fewer women had high academic positions, it was sometimes a bit difficult to find enough qualified women to fill the 50%, but given the focus on and awareness of the problem, concerted…

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