The recently released Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics Access and Equity Committee (RAEC) report presents research on gender equity in science institutions, a review of existing ANU policies and recommendations for improving gender equity. The full report is attached below.
The RAEC was formed in March 2013, following the release of the Australian Academy of Science Early and Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Forum position paper on “Gender Equity: Current Issues, Best Practice and New Ideas” (PDF, 177 KB).
In order to better understand and address gender equity issues at RSAA, RAEC applied for an Australian National University Gender Institute grant to employ two science students to generate a report on gender equity in consultation with RAEC members. Over a period of 4 months, PhD students Shaheen Iqbal (RSAA) and Timothy Jones (RSES) performed extensive background research on gender equity in science institutions in Australia and abroad, and reviewed existing ANU policies. In consultation with Céline d’Orgeville, chair of RAEC, they formed recommendations for the RSAA Director on ways to improve gender equity at the school.
Shaheen and Tim presented the results of their research and preliminary recommendations on 14 February 2014 during a one-hour seminar at Mount Stromlo Observatory, sponsored by RSAA and the ANU Gender Institute. A recording of this presentation, together with the presentation slides, is available here.