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Conference Announcement: The Women in Astronomy and Space Science will be held October 21-23 in College Park, MD. Mark your calendars and spread the word!
Women in Astronomy and Space Science:
Challenges of gender, generation, and minority status in an increasingly diverse scientific work place
Oct 21-23, 2009, College Park, MD
Goddard Space Flight Center, along with co-hosts National Science Foundation, University of Maryland, AAS, STScI, NGST, and others, will be hosting a meeting October 21 – 23, 2009 at the University of Maryland Conference Center on the topic of women in astronomy and space science with a focus on not only gender, but also on generation and minorities. This meeting follows up on the “Women in Astronomy” meeting hosted by Space Telescope Science Institute in 1992 and the Pasadena meeting hosted by CalTech in 2003. The topics include: 1) statistics on the state of the field, establishing trends over the last 15 years including the “longitudinal studies” of age vs. makeup of the field and identifying areas for celebration or for concern; 2) research on the impact of gender/ generational/ cultural differences in the science workforce with a focus on practical solutions, 3) issues concerning the work environment and best practices for success of scientists in a diverse work force, and 4) special sessions on the issues of minorities in science, and women in Earth Science.
There is evidence for considerable success in increasing the percentage of women in the field of science and so we aim here to focus more on issues concerning the success of those in the field and solutions for managing a diverse workforce. This meeting will highlight best practices to help the diverse scientific work force to succeed, and will address both the junior members of the field, as well as those who mentor and manage today’s diverse scientific workforce. We hope you will join us. More information will be posted on our website as it becomes available.
One of Susan K’s comments has stuck with me, by the way, and I wonder how many times we just don’t see women at conferences, updates, and meetings because of travel constraints. I don’t believe there are plans to WebEx this meeting, but maybe there should be … or we could set it up on another virtual platform … anyone interested in doing a parallel meeting in second life, for instance (this would also require someone to volunteer to host it, set it up, sponsor — it’s a lot of work, but maybe worth it)? Or setting up a twitter tag so that even those who can’t travel can get the gist of what’s going on? Joining in by teleconference? Hmmmm. What would make this meeting more accessible to those of you who can’t travel? And do you know how to make that happen?
Let’s brainstorm together….