Hi everyone. It’s been a busy time of year for the committee with research, projects, teaching, field work, conferences, and family.
Since the launch of WICGE in March, we have had our website updated with our new web address www.womenincoastal.org, and we now have a member form so that members can add themselves to the network and member directory. We currently have 123 members which is great to see. Please keep encouraging your colleagues to join up. Our Twitter account has 112 followers, so follow us if you haven’t already!
We have been working on analysis of gender balance in coastal geoscience and engineering journals. It’s painting a rather sorry picture so far. But we are doing this with the plan to use this in a positive way to promote change, and increase the number of women on editorial boards and conference panels. We are also planning to expand the survey on gender inequality in our discipline that was undertaken at the WICGE launch, so watch this space so you can get involved.
We have also started a monthly ‘Member Spotlight’ on the website so we can get to know each other. Check out the first one on Katherine Ratliff who is doing her PhD at Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment, on landscape dynamics and the complex feedbacks within coupled human-landscape systems at the land-water interface.
We are always looking for news for the website. So if you find interesting links/articles please pass them on to us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Twitter. We are also interested to see what you are all up to, so we encourage you all to write blog posts.
Our members have given us some great suggestions of ways we can use our network, including a regular newsletter, mentoring programme, and a way to add institutional partners to the network. A great suggestion was also made that we need to ensure the network is also geared towards women working outside of academia. If you have ideas, please get in touch!
So we are moving slowly but surely forwards, and things have got off to a great start.
From the Women in Coastal Geoscience & Engineering Committee.