Women on Arctic Fieldwork
Professor emerita Karen Messing (University of Quebec at Montreal), department of biological sciences; Associate Professor Meredith Nash (University of Tasmania), Director for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity at the College of Arts, Law, and Education; Verena Mohaupt (Alfred Wegener Institute), former Station Leader of AWIPEV Base on Svalbard and logistic coordinator of the MOSiC drift expedition; Élise Devoie (APECS) Survey results Women on Arctic Fieldwork - social media survey results
Think about the last time you had to pee in the wilderness… how cold did you get? Did you count the bug bites? And what about the folks there with you, how did they feel about it? People of all shapes and sizes are invited to participate in Arctic field work, but the work might not quite fit everyone quite as well, and sometimes that can affect the safety and wellbeing of polar researchers.
A special session organized by SIOS-KC, AWI and APECS at the Arctic Safety Conference 2021!
APECS co-chaired a session with SIOS-KC and AWI at the Arctic Safety Conference in Svalbard concerning the safety of women in polar fieldwork. The session was very well received – several working groups have reached out to get resources and training on how best to make fieldwork a safe space for everyone. The discussion highlighted the fact that it is not only women, but many minority groups who are affected by ill-fitting field equipment, various bathroom needs, social pressures, and attitudes in field research.