UCL Earth Sciences


UCL Women in Earth Science

What is WiES?

The UCL Department of Earth Sciences Women in Earth Science group (WiES) aims to support the progression of women and gender minorities in Earth science, highlight their achievements and create opportunities to network and engage in cutting edge research across the diverse fields of Earth sciences from palaeontology and volcanology to oceanography and mineral physics.  This will be achieved through a range of seminars, forums, discussions and events. 

Become a WiES Member: All are welcome to join and we would be delighted if you would like to become part of UCL Women in Earth Science. Please send your details to Dr Frances Cooper to be added to our mailing list.

Support the Women in Earth Sciences Group

Click on the button below to donate and support WiES. Any small donations are gratefully recieved and will be used towards the promotion and activities of the Women in Earth Science Group.

WiES Mentor Scheme

WiES sets out to support and inspire, mentor and socialise, empower and encourage.

As part of our aims, we proudly announce the launch of our mentoring scheme.  

If you could offer your support to someone as a WiES mentor, or if you would like the support of one as a mentee, you can sign up to take part as either a mentor or a mentee (or both!) by contacting Frances (frances.cooper@ucl.ac.uk). We will then make introductions between suitable mentors and mentees.

If you have registered your interest for our mentoring scheme, we will be in touch with you soon. Don’t worry if you don’t hear from us straight away. We will continue to make enquiries and find suitable mentors as and when they become available.

Meet the Mentors

 A focus on gender-race intersectionality to understand BAME women under representation in geoscience

Dr. Sudeshna Basu, Dr. Andrew Thomson and Isabelle Hoppe from UCL, are working on the project A focus on gender-race intersectionality to understand BAME women under representation in geoscience with colleagues from other universities in UK and Australia [Dr. A. Basu, RHUL; Dr. C. Persano, Glasgow University;  Dr. C. Tiddy, UNISA, Australia]. 

The aim of the project is to improve our understanding on the double bind facing women from minority ethnicity in geoscience, to provide insights to their near invisibility in this field from enrolment to senior positions.

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Multiple factors deter women from continuing in academic careers. In geoscience, the lack of gender diversity is being addressed in UK and Australia, although it remains far from achieving a healthy balance. However, the lack of racial diversity hasn’t received a similar level of attention. Most of the geoscientists to be awarded a doctoral degree are white, with an even smaller proportion of academic positions held by people of colour, a situation comparable for US, UK and Australia. The picture gets more complex when intersectionality comes into play.

The project is supported by the UCL Global Engagement fund to Sudeshna Basu and her colleagues collaborating on this study. Watch this space for further updates.


UCL Department of Earth Sciences Women in Earth Sciences (WiES)

For general enquiries or to join the WiES mailing list email Dr Frances Cooper.