Diversity in UK Polar Science Initiative – Key outcomes

Diversity in UK Polar Science Initiative – Key outcomes

The aim of this page is to outline key outcomes and timelines of delivery of the different stages of the Initiative’s activities. We will continue to update this as our planning and delivery evolves. If you are interested in finding out more about the resources we have created, please navigate to our resource page.

Initiative delivery – January 2022 onwards

September 2023Upcoming: UK Arctic Science conference: ‘Inclusion and positive community action’ sessionNavigate to event page for most up-to-date information
October 2022Formation of working group in response to reports from the Australian Antarctic Division and US Antarctic ProgrammeFor more information please get in touch with Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley
– Australian Antarctic Division report summary
– US Antarctic Programme report
September 2022UK Antarctic Science Conference: Diversity in polar sciencePresentation on ‘Supporting and building Inclusive culture in the UK Polar Science community’ and panel discussion
August 2022Scientific Committee of Antarctic Research, Open Science Conference: 3 presentations in ‘Inclusive collaborations in Antarctic research’ sessionInclusion session & Inclusion workshop
Summer 2022Participation in 10k Black Interns scheme hosting 3 interns within the British Antarctic Survey
July 2022Launch of Vault anonymous reporting tool for behavioural incidents and concernsVault is available for anyone across the UK Polar community using BAS logistics–more information is available through pre-deployment processes
April 2022UK Arctic Science conference: Responsible and inclusive Arctic research sessionThis was the first ever inclusion session at a UK Arctic science conference
March 2021Creation of demographic survey for the Polar Science community including collection of EDI data and new questions aiming to understand the socio-economic composition of the communityThe survey was distributed at the UK Arctic and Antarctic Science conferences in 2022, outcomes were presented as part of the panel discussions at both events.
Spring-Summer 2022Creation of Community Guide on Inclusive behaviours
Spring-Summer 2022Review and rewrite of Code of Conduct for people living and working in the polar regions
October 2021-April 2022Internship delivery2022 Report: NERC-funded ring-fenced internships
September-October 2021Application and interview process for internships: a total of 16 people employed on 15 projects
August 2021Creation of EDI Internship scheme – funded by NERC

The first stage of the initiative – September 2019 to Spring 2021

The first 18 months of the DiPSI project have come to an end in Spring 2021, and the first stage report of this project is now available. The below table lists out the main outputs and activities created by the initiative between September 2019-March 2021. The detailed key-outcome evaluation is available from page 5 of the first stage project report.

MARCH-DEC 2021Underrepresented students connecting programme – Polar Horizons 2021Delivered online
OCT 2020-FEB 2021Race Impact survey and report October 2020 – February 2021Full report available via DiPSI website
MARCH 2021Underrepresented students networking event – Polar Horizons March 2021Delivered online
OCT-NOV 2020Support and engagement for inaugural Polar Pride Day November 18thPolar Pride social event for polar community
2020Diversity in UK Polar Science Initiative logo and the ‘line of diverse polar people’ graphicVisual assets created by BAS communications team
AUG 2020Presentation and chair of panel session at Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) conference—HobartDelivered online: DiPSI Research analyst invited as panel chair
MARCH 2020Presentation to Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) conference—IcelandDiPSI Research analyst invited as keynote speaker
SUMMER 2020 ONWARDSSupporting UK polar committees and groups with EDI expertiseUK Polar Network (UKPN), among others
MARCH-DEC 2020Engagement with key role models and keynote speakers for seminar series – Dr Karen Salt, Ben Merrick, Dr Ana Pereira-O’Callaghan, Dr Melissa Burt, Nicole Logan-Park, Dr Stephen Roberts, Camilla NicholRecorded talks available on the DiPSI website
MARCH-DEC 2020Engagement programme for underrepresented students  – Polar Horizons 2020Online seminar programme, Programme report
SPRING 2020Polar funding starting points document
SPRING 2020Polar community contact listAvailable on DiPSI website
SPRING 2020Underrepresented students’ engagement programme – Polar Horizons 2020: Launch & shadowingLaunch day delivered in person at BAS
DEC 2019Development of EDI 101 values and language presentation for BAS and polar community
DEC 2019Citizen science project to target local BAME students – ‘Seals from Space’Delivered in person at BAS
OCT 2019Polar interest and inclusion calendar for engagementSee appendix A
SEPT 2019Data research comparison to UK Higher Education Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students and UK Society
SEPT 2019Data analysis from BAS Head count