The annual Metamorphic Studies Group (MSG) Research in Progress (RiP) meeting, was held virtually over Zoom on three consecutive afternoons (GMT) on 29-31 March 2021.
Videos of most presentations and of the EDI discussion will be made available here shortly.
The meeting included three keynote speakers to mark the occasion:
- Dr Freya George, Johns Hopkins University, who discussed O-isotope records of heterogeneous fluid fluxing in HP melanges
- Dr Bruna Carvalho, University of Padova, who discussed fluid-rock interactions in granulites
- Dr Pierre Lanari, University of Bern, who discussed development of tools for compositional mapping and modelling (e.g. XMapTools)
In addition, Prof. Mike Brown (University of Maryland), who helped found MSG, gave a special invited talk on “A perspective on 40 years of advances in metamorphic geology” and Prof. Roger Powell gave the 2021 Barrow Award winner’s talk.
Registration was free of charge and >400 people from 38 countries signed up to attend.
There was also a panel discussion of Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity
How to be inclusive – big change or small steps?
The discussion was tailored towards EDI issues in the metamorphic community and will consist of a panel of volunteers from the community itself. The aim of the discussion is to raise awareness of and look at potential solutions to issues which are persistent in the Metamorphic community. Some of the most pertinent areas related to EDI in the metamorphic community include recruitment, conference and event planning, fieldwork and diversity. An overview of the recent survey undertaken by Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Geoscience (EDIG) was summarised by Anna Bidgood followed by a pre recorded talk by Anya Lawrence who talked about her research and fieldwork from an EDI perspective and what we can do to make fieldwork more inclusive.
The discussion covered topics such as the examples below:
· Why do we need to be inclusive and diverse?
· What is systematic or unconscious bias and why should we care?
· What can we as individuals and institutions do to make recruitment processes more equitable and diverse?
· How can we make fieldwork more accessible?
· How can you contribute to making events (online or virtual) more accessible?
· How to include a ‘global’ audience – perspectives outside of Europe