We were thrilled to host Professor Cynthia Burek from Chester University and the Chair of Geoconservation in Dunedin in February. She hosted two talks over two evenings.
The first talk was titled Public Perceptions of Famous Women in Science - What Do You Know? This talk explored the general public's perception of women in science and their knowledge base. So far over 1500 people have been questioned from mostly UK. Ireland, France, Spain, Germany and Italy. Does age, gender, location or education make a difference to what you know? We are anxious to widen the paradigm to see if it fits other societies. This is on-going research to provide evidence to encourage women in the STEM subjects to become more widely known.
The second talk was on Geodiversity and Geoconservation. This talk explored the recent developments in both geodiversity and geoconservation with special emphasis on geoparks following the recent UNESCO Geopark conference in Torbay England. It also looked at the history of geoconservation and future predictions.
Thank you to the generosity of the Federation of Graduate Women who helped to make the two events possible.
The two events were well received and gained fantastic media exposure.