Resources to help create an accessible and successful event.
Academic conferences are important spaces for sharing knowledge and for building community and networks with colleagues. However, many researchers, particularly early career, minority and female academics, can be and feel excluded by current conference practices. It’s really important to address this and to make conferences inclusive and welcoming to all who attend them. A number of organisations, including the RGS-IBG, are working to make our events more inclusive and welcoming. Below is a developing list of resources for planning more inclusive conferences.
The following list of online resources, organisations and publications on organising an inclusive conference is dynamic. If you know of other resources you think we should be sharing, we’d be happy to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Society does not accept responsibility for the content of the external sites. Inclusion on this list does not equate to an endorsement of any content or organisation. Please contact the external site for questions regarding individual resources.
American Association of Geographers (USA)
A summary of anti-harassment programmes at the AAG Annual Meeting (2019).
Anti-discrimination and harassment policies from the AAG.
A summary of accessibility accomodations made at AAG Annual Meetings.
REACH, University of Oxford (UK)
A practical 'how-to' guide to help conference organisers promote diversity of attendance and inclusivity of participation at events.
Access the guide and the authors' top ten tips
European Geosciences Union
Information about mentoring opportunities during the EGU annual General Assembly.
The Scholarly Kitchen
A discussion of contemporary issues and possible solutions.
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A number of resources are available to help university staff understand and address mental health and wellbeing issues in higher education.
A teaching-focused blog for academics in Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Resources from the Geographies of Health and Wellbeing Research Group
Resources to support the Society's principles for undergraduate fieldwork courses
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