Building leaders for the UN Ocean Science Decade: a guide to supporting early career women researchers within academic marine research institutions

Shellock, R. J., Cvitanovic, C., McKinnon, M. C., Mackay, M., van Putten, I. E., Blythe, J., Kelly, R., Tuohy, P., Maltby, K. M., Mynott, S., Simmonds, N., Bailey, M., Begossi, A., Crona, B., Fakoya, K. A., Ferreira, B. P., Ferrer, A. J. G., Frangoudes, K., Gobin, J., Goh, H. C., Haapasaari, P., Hardesty, B. D., Häussermann, V., Hoareau, K., Hornidge, A.-K., Isaacs, M., Kraan, M., Li, Y., Liu, M., Lopes, P. F. M., Mlakar, M., Morrison, T. H., Oxenford, H. A., Pecl, G., Penca, J., Robinson, C. ORCID:, Selim, S. A., Skern-Mauritzen, M., Soejima, K., Soto, D., Spalding, A. K., Vadrot, A., Vaidianu, N., Webber, M. and Wisz, M. S. (2023) Building leaders for the UN Ocean Science Decade: a guide to supporting early career women researchers within academic marine research institutions. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 80 (1). pp. 56-75. ISSN 1054-3139

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Diverse and inclusive marine research is paramount to addressing ocean sustainability challenges in the 21st century, as envisioned by the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. Despite increasing efforts to diversify ocean science, women continue to face barriers at various stages of their career, which inhibits their progression to leadership within academic institutions. In this perspective, we draw on the collective experiences of thirty-four global women leaders, bolstered by a narrative review, to identify practical strategies and actions that will help empower early career women researchers to become the leaders of tomorrow. We propose five strategies: (i) create a more inclusive culture, (ii) ensure early and equitable career development opportunities for women ECRs, (iii) ensure equitable access to funding for women ECRs, (iv) offer mentoring opportunities and, (v) create flexible, family-friendly environments. Transformational, meaningful, and lasting change will only be achieved through commitment and collaborative action across various scales and by multiple stakeholders.

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Additional Information: Funding: R.J.S is supported by the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) and the ANU Futures scheme. NS is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) QUADRAT (Queen’s University Belfast & Aberdeen Doctoral Research and Training)—QUADRAT Training Grant Reference: NE/S007377/1. A.B. thanks CNPq productivity scholarships # CNPq (# 301592/2017- 9 and CNPq# 304170/2021-6). AV is funded by the European Research Council- ERC (grant agreement No 804599–MARIPOLDATA—ERC-2018-STG). H.C.G was funded by the UKRI GCRF under grant agreement NE/P021107/1 and project reference no. IF052-2017 in Universiti Malaya. JP is funded by the Slovenian Research Agency (Project code: J5-2562). MB is supported through the Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Centre and a Canada First Research Excellence Fund grant through the Ocean Frontier Institute. NV work was supported by a grant of the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitization, CNCS—UEFISCDI, project number PN-III-P4-PCE-2021-1450, within PNCDI III. PFML thanks CNPq for a productivity grant (301515/2019-0). SM is funded by the Fisheries and Oceans Canada Multi-Partner Research Initiative.
Uncontrolled Keywords: academia,diversity,early career researcher,ecr,equality,equity,gender,inclusion,marine science,perspectives,stem,ecology, evolution, behavior and systematics,aquatic science,oceanography,ecology,sdg 14 - life below water ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1100/1105
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Environmental Biology
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Collaborative Centre for Sustainable Use of the Seas
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2023 15:33
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2023 09:39
DOI: 10.1093/icesjms/fsac214


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