Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2019

Presentation information

[E] Oral

U (Union ) » Union

[U-02] Advancing workplace: progress, challenges and strategies for improvement

Sun. May 26, 2019 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM 101 (1F)

convener:Chiaki T. Oguchi(Institute for Environmental Science and Technology, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Saitama University), Rie Hori, S.(Department of Earth Science, Faculty of Science, Ehime University), Yukihiro Takahashi(Department of Cosmosciences, Graduate School of Science, Hokkaido University), Claudia Jesus-Rydin(European Research Council), Chairperson:Rie Hori, Chiaki Oguchi

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM

[U02-03] Gender balance and diversity in the ocean and geosciences: IODP, research cruise, and laboratories

*Natsue Abe1 (1.R&D Center for Ocean Drilling Science Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology)

Keywords:gender balance, diversity, IODP

Approximately 600 people from all over the world participated in the workshop in order to prepare scientific targets for the next decade of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) [1] held in Bremen in 2009 [2], of which about 30% were women. Meanwhile, among the 100 participants from Japan, there were only 6 women (6% !!). Why is there a big gap between Japan and other countries? Did this gap shrink over the past 10 years?

My research field is mainly in ocean science now. Female researchers were 17 – 33 % of the science parties among my 8 times participations on drilling expeditions. However, even in the United States, people have been straggling to increase female researchers in this field [3]. Our outreach activities always include some contents targeting to female students [4]. Women for one ocean [4] has established among Japanese scientists, and start working and supporting for female workers in the ocean science.

I will talk about the international projects especially in the ocean sciences that I experienced through my career and diversity situation in overseas’ research laboratory. Then I would like to have a discussion on why gender balance and diversity are difficult to progress in Japan.


[1] IODP: http://www.iodp.org/

[2] IODP INVEST workshop: https://www.marum.de/en/Research/INVEST.html

[3] Women in Oceanography: A Decade later. (E.S. Kappel, Ed). Oceanography, vol. 27, 2015. https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2014.106

[4] https://joidesresolution.org/women-in-geoscience-and-technics-heather/

[5] Women in One Ocean: https://oceanwomenjp.wixsite.com/website