Thursday at EGU2012: Women in Geosciences

Are you interested in EGU’s activities for Women in Geosciences? At the Townhall meeting on Thursday from 1030-1230 in Room 2 (Blue level, Basement) you can find out about current activities and give your views for future initiatives.

This meeting will present information about the EGU Women in Geosciences Mentoring scheme first cohort, including participants’ experiences and feedback. The EGU profiles of women in geosciences will be launched and we’ll move onto discussing what possible future initiatives are.

The EGU Women in Geosciences Mentoring Scheme

In response to EGU members’ individual requests and at Townhall Meetings at the General Assemblies 2010-11, the European Geosciences Union is trialing a mentoring scheme for females (with mentors of both genders), which began in December 2011. Following on successes and positive feedback, the scheme will run again from Autumn 2012. Sign-ups for those seeking mentors will be open from the start of the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2012 until 31 July 2012. Mentor sign-up is open continuously throughout the year. The mentoring scheme is designed so that face-to-face contact is not vital and is meant to be an enriching experience for both the mentor and mentee. Guidelines will be issued to both parties before the start of the mentoring process. You can be both a mentor and mentee in the same cycle of partnerships. Mentees can be from undergraduate level and above, mentors can be masters students and above. We encourage applications from mentors from all sectors of the Geosciences e.g. industry, government, academia.

For more information, contact Jennifer Holden (

Bárbara Ferreira was the Media and Communications Manager of the European Geosciences Union from 2011 to 2019. Bárbara has also worked as a science writer specialising in astrophysics and space sciences, producing articles for the European Space Agency and others on a freelance basis. She has a PhD in astrophysics from the University of Cambridge.

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