Bringing Conversations on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Data Science to the Environmental Sciences, was a 3-day conference with the ultimate goal of developing a networked improvement community (i.e., Environmental Data Sciences Inclusion Network) that works to ensure inclusion across environmental data science professions. The conference aimed to identify existing activities and resources available to support inclusion in the field and provide opportunities for attendees to network and initiate discussion sessions they propose (please see the EDSIN Collections for the ever growing collection of resources).
Conference attendees comprise academic, training, and business partners that currently offer training and career opportunities in the data sciences and project leaders conducting research on best practices for recruitment and retention of currently underrepresented groups in this and related fields. Attendees also included employers who have an interest in building and maintaining an inclusive workplace and individuals with experience in mentoring interns and early career professionals in research and technical positions. Anyone with a strong interest in being part of these discussions and the developing network was encouraged to participate in-person or remotely.
Thank you to all the participants for the thoughtful and frequently challenging conversations that were had around the diversity, equity, and inclusion for data science in the environmental sciences.
We have contributors from many colleges, universities, corporations, and institutions all ready to convene and share in our conference - whether gathered in Boulder or remotely participating.
The EDSIN conference is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1812997. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.