AGU Panel Discussion on Implicit Bias in Earth and Space Sciences

I would like to draw your attention to an AGU Union session on implicit bias in Earth and Space Sciences which will take place at the upcoming Fall meeting in Washington DC, on Friday the 14th of December 2018 from 1:40-3:40 pm.

Title: The Challenges of Recognizing Implicit Bias in Earth and Space Sciences and Strategies for Minimizing its Impact in the Coming Decades of the AGU

Session ID#: 50265
Session Description:

We invite AGU members for a panel session on implicit bias. Implicit bias refers to attitudes that affect our decisions and evaluations without our consciously realizing it. Implicit biases are an inherent part of the human brain. Although the value and importance of diversity in science is beyond dispute, implicit bias adversely influences proposal/journal reviews, how recommendation letters are written, who is invited to professional talks/panels, and who is heard during conference discussions. Implicit bias affects hiring decisions, who is nominated for and receives awards and funding, and who is promoted and encouraged in STEM. This session will address how implicit decision-making occurs, and how we can reduce its impact through awareness. An expert panel will present an overview of the research and impacts; describe resources and positive actions our community can take to reduce the impact of implicit bias. Time will be allocated for audience discussion and questions.

Hazel M Bain, University of Colorado at Boulder (Please contact for further details)
Alexa Jean Halford, Aerospace Corporation Chantilly
Blair Schneider, University of Kansas

The full session description and abstract listing can be found here

For those unable to attend, the session will be available “On Demand” with a recording available online within days, after the session at