First stage report: Diversity In UK Polar Science Initiative 2019-2021


This report has been written for an internal polar community audience, and is directed to the Diversity in UK Polar Science Initiative (DiPSI) steering committee. It aims to highlight the outcomes over the first stage of the DiPSI project, September 2019 – March 2021, and how those can be built on. In addition, this report offers comment on how activities were carried out for this project and how this experience can be used by others. 


The Diversity in UK Polar Science Initiative has been successful in some key areas of engagement and impact. Completion of the first survey regarding racism in the polar community is a ground-breaking moment and should be heralded as a major accomplishment. The Polar Horizons projects have been resounding successes with engagement of over 150 UK students from underrepresented groups across Black, Asian and Minority ethnic (BAME), LGBTQ+ and disability who were introduced to polar research. The engagement of allies and active partners across the UK polar research community is heartening and will be needed to advocate further change on issues now identified. 


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On this site: Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley, Huw Griffiths, Pilvi Saarikoski, Emma Kajiyama
10 June, 2021