As we all navigate academia and networking in these unique times due to the Covid-19 pandemic, efforts to increase global participation in research and dialogue have risen to the challenge. One example is the “Gender in Polar Research – Gendered Field Work Conditions, Epistemologies and Legacies” workshop. Organized and hosted by the IASSA Working Group Gender in the Arctic, the workshop takes place in the framework of IASC Business and Community Meetings (you need to register only for that option).

According to the organizers the event:

The workshop will combine three strands of debate that have thus far not been discussed systematically: (1) Doing science in the 21st century in a way that departs from but also pays careful attention to the history of exploration and colonial endeavours as “heroic” and masculine activities – while a masculine image still seems to dominate the methodologies and practices of Arctic and Polar research. (2) The still existing gender gap when it comes to female researchers in hard sciences, their career prospects, and their sometimes difficult working conditions as women in the field. Critiques of the gender gap and gendered research work have thus far neglected the diversity aspects of queer and gender minority (LGBTQI) researchers. They face particular challenges whíle working in a still largely heteronormative research environment as it is described for research stations, vessels or tundra/taiga camps. (3) The gendered composition of researchers as actors and the gendered spaces of conducting research, including the field sites, have an important impact on research interests, research design, research ethics and epistemology. The gender bias affects the research subject and methodology, and Polar research can learn from and communicate with other fields of science about how to ensure a high standard of equality, sensitivity to issues of marginalization, and ethical production of science.

The event is the 30th March 2020, 17:00-21:00 GMT on Zoom at (

Please see the embedded document for an overview of the event.

Workshop Follow-up: The following gallery provides a snapshot into the types of presentations given at the workshop and the way in which technology has helped to bridge the physical gap created by Covid-19 and help researchers continue networking, information sharing and participating in dialogue despite the inability to meet in person.

(Note: Photos were used after permission was sought from the workshop organisers and presentation presenters whose work is depicted on the 30-31 March 2020. Many thanks to the workshop organisers, especially Gertrude Saxinger, for helping to obtain permission from presenters to use the photos on this website.)

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