The Diversity in UK Polar Science initiative was conceived and funded by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, specifically from the Polar Regions Department, to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the sighting by British sailors of the Antarctic continent.
This initiative celebrates existing diversity in UK Polar Science and aims to further encourage the inclusion of groups that are currently underrepresented, such as people from ethnic minorities, the LGBTQ+ community or people with a disability. It is recognised that people representing UK Polar science do not reflect the diversity of the current British society. The initiative seeks to deliver a more diverse and inclusive future for Polar science.
Improving diversity and inclusion is associated with increased productivity, enhanced problem solving as well as recognising and valuing different perspectives. This is why the FCO, in partnership with BAS and the wider UK Polar Science community, are keen to explore how diversity in Polar Science can be nurtured and increased. Underpinned by quantifying and understanding current barriers, the initiative is looking to pilot positive action and develop recommendations to boost diversity in UK polar science.
UK Polar Science Diversity Initiative Aims: