Events

NAEIC Seminar #13: #MeNext? The quiet fears that silenced #MeToo

A conversation on the need to confront and overcome the fears that slow and stop systemic change

Jessica Dempsey, ASTRON
16 November 2022, 15:30-16:30pm

We often talk of the extreme reactions that arise following a public scandal that transforms into a movement, such as #MeToo. We now need to talk about the silence that follows these movements, and where the silence is often deepest – from positions of power in the organizations and systems that enabled the events. Instead of being change-agents, in many leaders and leadership groups rises a quiet worry that further demand for truly safe environments, inclusion and equity of treatment will turn lens of judgment on them personally. Justified fears or not, it is this silent movement #MeNext? that is the bottleneck to enacting the needed changes in a system to allow better praxis and accountability. A discussion on the ways and means to calm the fears that stymie progress in unhealthy systems.

Jessica Dempsey is the Director of the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, ASTRON. She spent over a decade in Hawaii as Deputy Director of the JCMT. She is a proud member of Event Horizon Telescope team. Dempsey has a background in radio interferometry, with a scientific focus on wide-field, transient surveys of the galaxy at radio wavelengths and on the frontiers of big data science pipelines for astronomy. She has a passionate commitment to creating greater diversity, equity and opportunity at all levels of astronomy and to enhancing opportunities for girls to become future leaders in science and technology careers.

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Past Events

NAEIC Seminar #1: LGBTQI+ People in STEM

Jake Noel-Storr (they/their), University of Groningen
25th November 2020, 15:30-16:30pm

In this talk I will be sure to introduce, or reintroduce, you to the different dimensions of the LGBTQI+ community, what all those letters mean – and why this is both one community and many communities, made up of individuals who can be found across the world of astronomy. We often like to think that science is a process of the pure pursuit of knowledge in which anyone can equally engage, but the truth is that science is conducted by humans, interacting with other humans and society. While the astronomical community, especially in countries like the Netherlands, is accepting of the LGBTQI+, I will explain many areas of inadvertent, unconscious, and society driven pressures that lead astronomical institutions to not be such safe spaces for the LGBTQI+ community as they could be, and what we can do about it.

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NAEIC Seminar #2: Let's Talk IDEA in Science: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility

Christina Richey (they/their), JPL/Caltech
24th February 2021, 16:30-18:00pm

Dr Richey is currently Project Scientist for the Europa Clipper mission, and was the Chair of the American Astronomical Society's Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy from 2015-2017, was the co-Chair of the Division for Planetary Sciences' Subcommittee on Professional Climate and Culture, from 2015-2017. They are also known for their education about bullying and harassment in the workplace, and in the planetary and astronomy communities.

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NAEIC Seminar #3: Building Opportunities for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students in Astronomy

Jason Nordhaus (he/his), RIT/NTID
17th March 2021, 15:30-16:30pm

While a robust national STEM workforce benefits significantly from diverse constituents, deaf and hard-of-hearing (HOH) participation in STEM fields is currently limited due to the presence of significant barriers. This presentation will include a discussion of the current challenges deaf/HOH students encounter as they pursue physics and astronomy degrees in the United States including statistics that clearly highlight the divide between deaf/HOH individuals and their hearing peers. I will showcase large-scale efforts that address some of the more challenging barriers, including an initiative to address the language barrier that exists in technical fields, an all deaf NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates program and specific recommendations gleaned from education intervention studies in astronomy courses.


Jason Nordhaus, Ph.D. is a theoretical astrophysicist and Assistant Professor of Physics at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), one of the eleven colleges that comprise Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and one of the premiere institutions for deaf education in the world. Professor Nordhaus is committed to increasing the participation of deaf individuals in physics and routinely involves deaf students in research work (11 undergraduate and 1 Ph.D. student to date). Before joining RIT, Professor Nordhaus was an NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow and a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 2008.

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NAEIC Seminar #4: The Tactile Universe: Accessible astrophysics public engagement for vision impaired students

Nicolas Bonne (he/his), Portsmouth University
21st April 2021, 15:30-16:30pm

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NAEIC Seminar #5: Three Women Astronomers and a Databank

Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Oxford University
11th May 2021, 15:30-16:30pm

I will tell the stories of three eminent female astronomers who lived between 1750 and 2016, and reflect on the position of women in astronomy around the world today.

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NAEIC Seminar #6: Creating cultures of care that drive inclusive excellence

Imogen Coe, Ryerson University
19th January 2022, 15:30-16:30pm

Scientific research globally is typically conducted in organizational cultures that reflect the structural and systemic racism, sexism, ableism and homophobia present in society. Research cultures continue to be constrained by the myth of meritocracy which limits inclusion and stifles creativity. To move towards research cultures that reflect inclusive excellence we must address the structural inequities, challenge the status quo and be intentional about developing strategies that attract, retain, support and promote the widest breadth of research talent and ideas. This talk will discuss building the toolkit for change and suggest actions that individuals or institutions can take towards sustainable inclusive excellence in research.

Dr. Imogen R. Coe is a professor of Chemistry and Biology and former founding dean of the Faculty of Science at Ryerson University in Toronto. She is also an affiliate scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, where her research group studies drug transporters. In addition to being an academic scientist, Dr. Coe is one of Canada's leading advocates for organizational change towards inclusive excellence in research, particularly in science and medicine. She runs a consulting company providing advice and training on inclusive excellence and has advised federal and national funding agencies on how to integrate equity, diversity and inclusion principles into diverse research cultures. She has published on inclusive leadership, misogyny in science and the need for intentional policy around EDI-infused organizational culture in diverse venues. She is much in demand as a speaker and has received numerous awards for her advocacy work

NAEIC Seminar #7: Equity, diversity and inclusion in Dutch Astronomy: Who, what, when, where and why?

Tana Joseph, UvA and NAEIC
16 February 2022, 15:30-16:30pm

Social justice issues, such as race relations, gender equality and disability rights, are often seen as irrelevant to us as scientists in the research community. The global pandemic and the groundswell of reaction after the murder of George Floyd has brought these issues to our doorstep in way that leaves unable to ignore them any longer. In this talk, I will discuss my new role as equity and inclusion officer for Dutch astronomy. I will also touch on the importance of social justice in science research and how we as a community can work together to identify and rectify the challenges we are facing.

Dr. Tana Joseph is a South African astronomer, science communicator and social justice advocate for the sciences. In her role as Equity and Inclusion office for Dutch astronomy, she will work with stakeholders across the astronomy community in the Netherlands to implement evidence-based interventions to create meaningful and sustainable change. Dr. Joseph believes that science is for everyone and that together we can make a more equitable, accessible, inclusive and productive environment where we can all thrive. In addition to her social justice work, Dr. Joseph continues her research career as in observational astronomy, working on extragalactic X-ray binaries.

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NAEIC Seminar #8: The Workplace Pride Foundation

Christine Holtkamp, Workplace Pride Foundation
2 March 2022, 15:30-16:30pm

Christine Holtkamp gives this talk as Relation Manager for the Workplace Pride Foundation. The Workplace Pride Foundation has many (international) members, of which one is the NWO, the Dutch Research Council. The Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON), as well as The Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON) are both part of the Dutch Research Council as Institutes and therefore connected to the Workplace Pride Foundation.

Christine Holtkamp started her career as a nurse, specialising in mental health and public health sectors; subsequently, she has been active in many different national and international organisations as a human rights activist, a trainer, teacher, organisation consultant, manager, coach, innovation and D&I specialist, project coordinator and social entrepreneur. Christine’s fields of work are in Health Care & Welfare, Education, Advocacy, (Central) governments, Housing corporations, NGOs and innovative organisations.

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NAEIC Seminar #9: Strategies to boost the careers of early-stage researchers

Sanjana Panchagnula, Leiden University
30 March 2022, 15:30-16:30pm

Early-stage researchers (ESR) are at the forefront of research-intensive universities globally. Boosting ESR careers requires coordinated and continuous effort from all levels of faculty. In this seminar, I will give a brief overview of the current landscape of doctoral education in the Netherlands and in Europe. I will share some of the challenges ESRs face with regards to furthering their (scientific and non-scientific) careers, and present a variety of strategies that have the potential to boost the careers of ESRs, both within and outside of academia. The strategies presented here are aimed at enabling departmental heads, HR professionals, university leaders, policymakers, and funders to contextualise their own practices in supporting ESRs.

Sanjana Panchagnula (she/her) is an astrochemistry PhD candidate at Leiden University (The Netherlands). Her research takes an interdisciplinary approach using laboratory techniques and computational chemistry to investigate the photo-processing, reactivity, and spectroscopic characteristics of interstellar polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Sanjana is also active as an equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) advocate and is a member of the Netherlands Astronomy Equity and Inclusion Committee (NAEIC), the chair of Leiden Observatory’s EDI Committee, and a Junior Board member for the women-in-STEM faculty network Researchers in Science Equality (RISE) at Leiden University.

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NAEIC Seminar #10: A brief introduction to decolonisation in the context of global astronomy

Tana Joseph, NAEIC and University of Amsterdam
18 May 2022, 15:30-16:30pm

The process of decolonisation is often viewed as a largely completed effort and something that applies only at the highest levels of geopolitics. In reality , decolonization is an ongoing practice that has implications for us all, from individuals through to nation states. In this talk I will give an introduction to decolonization in the context of global astronomy. I will highlight some areas that showcase current colonial practices in astronomy at large as well as specific examples of colonial frameworks still present in our community. I will also touch on ways we can start to rethink and dismantle such outdated and harmful practices and start to reimagine what post-colonial global astronomy could look like.

Dr. Tana Joseph is a South African astronomer, science communicator and social justice advocate for the sciences. In her role as Equity and Inclusion office for Dutch astronomy, she will work with stakeholders across the astronomy community in the Netherlands to implement evidence-based interventions to create meaningful and sustainable change. Dr. Joseph believes that science is for everyone and that together we can make a more equitable, accessible, inclusive and productive environment where we can all thrive. In addition to her social justice work, Dr. Joseph continues her research career as in observational astronomy, working on extragalactic X-ray binaries.

Join via Zoom: http://stem.ooo/NAEICseminar

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NAEIC Seminar #11: Science, Society and Storytelling

Jessica Wade, Imperial College, London
28 September 2022, 15:30-16:30pm

We often talk of the extreme reactions that arise following a public scandal that transforms into a movement, such as #MeToo. We now need to talk about the silence that follows these movements, and where the silence is often deepest – from positions of power in the organizations and systems that enabled the events. Instead of being change-agents, in many leaders and leadership groups rises a quiet worry that further demand for truly safe environments, inclusion and equity of treatment will turn lens of judgment on them personally. Justified fears or not, it is this silent movement #MeNext? that is the bottleneck to enacting the needed changes in a system to allow better praxis and accountability. A discussion on the ways and means to calm the fears that stymie progress in unhealthy systems.

Jessica Dempsey is the Director of the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, ASTRON. She spent over a decade in Hawaii as Deputy Director of the JCMT. She is a proud member of Event Horizon Telescope team. Dempsey has a background in radio interferometry, with a scientific focus on wide-field, transient surveys of the galaxy at radio wavelengths and on the frontiers of big data science pipelines for astronomy. She has a passionate commitment to creating greater diversity, equity and opportunity at all levels of astronomy and to enhancing opportunities for girls to become future leaders in science and technology careers.

Join via Zoom: http://stem.ooo/NAEICseminar

or YouTube Live: http://stem.ooo/NAEIClive

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NAEIC Seminar #12: Diversity in ASTROMOVES

Jarita Holbrook
2 November 2022, 15:30-16:30pm

ASTROMOVES is a European Union Horizon 2020 funded project focused on astrophysicists and their career decision making and career moves. The project centered diversity across many domains. How diversity was achieved will be discussed. The research findings use an intersectional lens to show patterns of decision making, emotions connected to having such precarious careers and the impact of COVID. Clips from the upcoming documentary film will be used to illustrate points.

Dr. Jarita Holbrook holds a doctorate in Astronomy & Astrophysics from UC Santa Cruz, granted in 1997 for her observational work on star formation regions in our galaxy. Holbrook is the fourth Black woman to be granted a PhD in Astrophysics in the entire History of the United States. Jarita is the sitting president of the International Society for Archaeoastronomy & Astronomy in Culture (ISAAC), is the lead of the IAU Division C working group on Ethnoastronomy & Intangible Heritage, and is a member of the joint RAS-IAU-AAS working group on Culturally Sensitive Sites. AAS has honored her as an AAS Legacy Fellow and they are a fellow of the UK Royal Astronomical Society. Holbrook is currently an EU funded Marie Curie Fellow as a Restart Fellow at the University of Edinburgh in the Science, Technology & Innovation Studies Department. Holbrook is an award-winning filmmaker and you can see their nerdy family in the web series “The Science Tourist” on YouTube.

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Replay will be available in February 2023