GAIA is a network for women in the earth sciences. GAIA offers women with an earth science background, career or interest the opportunity to meet and network and wants to support these women in their (career) development. GAIA will be in dialogue with employers and educational institutions seeking to contribute to the realization of a more diverse and gender-equal working environment with the aim of making better use of women’s potential in the earth sciences.
GAIA believes in gender equal working environment where women have equal opportunities and access to the earth sciences field. This goes beyond the pursuit of a certain ratio between men and women, which reflects the training outflow, but also includes the cultural and social norms and values under which it operates. A diverse and gender-equal working environment that both men and women find attractive, contributes to a creative and innovative organization that fits the society better.
The general goal of GAIA is that of advocacy for women in earth sciences, in order to achieve gender equality. GAIA will mutually promote the exchange of information and experience among women, through lectures, workshops, excursions and dinners. Gaia will map the current state of the earth science labor market and the barriers that women face during recruitment and promotion and will seek to contribute to viable solutions in order to improve this situation. Proposals will be made to better meet the needs of women so that the talent of these women will flourish.
The target group of GAIA is every woman with an earth science background, career or interest. The earth sciences term includes the fields of geology, physical geography, hydrology, geochemistry, geophysics, petroleum engineering, ground water and atmosphere, soil science and environmental science. Our members are either students or work for, among others, universities and research institutes, consultancies and large technological institutes (LTIs) in raw materials and energy, at regional and national governmental positions.Visit website »