The Association’s Diversity Study was launched in November 2017 to determine the diversity of our membership and investigate diversity amongst professional palaeontologists. It is our aim to identify under-represented groups so that we can tailor our activities to be as inclusive as possible and, ultimately, to increase diversity in the discipline.
Diversity is important to us because we want to ensure that palaeontology is recruiting from the widest possible pool, and attracting and retaining the best talent. As a membership organisation, we want to ensure that we promote an inclusive environment, where all members can thrive and contribute to progress.
We are launching an anonymous diversity survey which will enable us to better understand the composition of our membership and the palaeontological community in terms of characteristics such as career stage, age, gender, socioeconomic background and disability. We would like as many palaeontologists as possible to complete the survey and so encourage you to follow the link below and also to share it with your colleagues.
Your answers will be submitted anonymously, will be seen only by our external consultants and will be treated in the strictest confidence. All data disclosed will be reported anonymously and will be stored in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 or subsequent legislation.
If you are attending the Annual Meeting in London you can take part in a focus group, facilitated by Parigen consultants, that will explore perceptions of diversity. There will be four group meetings of about 40 minutes each with a maximum of 12 members taking place at lunchtimes on 18th and 19th December 2017. If you would like to participate in a focus group please contact Rachel Tobbell at Parigen on Tobbell@aol.com to book your place.
If you would prefer to speak individually to a consultant you can do this during the Annual Meeting, or you can contact Rachel to arrange a short one-to-one interview by phone or Skype.
Many thanks for supporting this important project.
[Last Update: 15/12/2017]
Newsletter 96 Article - Nov 2017 - Diversity in PalAss