Women @ BAS

The Women @ BAS group provides an informal and supportive forum for women to discuss gender-specific issues that relate to their own personal and professional development within the organisation.

Outcomes from discussions will inform the development of BAS corporate aspirations for:

  • Equality and Diversity in the workplace, including Athena SWAN
  • Promoting a positive working environment
  • Enabling personal and professional development
  • Public engagement in research: inspiring females to pursue STEM subjects
Dr Sophie Fielding, who leads research cruises in the Southern Ocean and was recently awarded a polar medal.

The scope covers a broad range of discussion topics focussed specifically at how BAS applies its Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy initiatives to enable female talent to thrive in the workplace. It is a place to share experience and best practice; to identify women-focused learning and development activities; and to identify opportunities to drive coherence and connections between corporate, internal, local and national policy/programmes for women in STEM. The forum contributes suggestions for speakers to be invited to a BAS-wide programme of inspirational lunch-time ‘Career Journeys’ seminar series, and organises viewings of relevant TED talks. Discussion topics include how BAS women can contribute to the national need to inspire young people in STEM.

Dr Joanne Johnson, geologist, leading scientific expeditions to the most remote parts of Antarctica