Quality through
- tackling gender issues
                  in hydrology

1-day Workshop Bristol, UK
During this one-day workshop held in February 2019 the attendees tried to understand and to identify gender-related problems present in the water science community and they discussed potential solutions.

Outcomes of the workshop

Thanks to Dr Michaela Bray who had the idea and interviewed a few of us, and László Tóth who edited the audio recordings, you can now listen to a podcast about our event:

A report can be found in the Cabot Institute Blog, in Circulaton 141 of the British Hydrological Society and on the WISE CDT website.

Poster presented at the EGU General Assembly 2019 in Vienna:




"Science has a diversity problem." (nature.com)

Hydrology and water sciences are no exception. While gender and diversity issues are gaining attention and progress is being made, there is still much to be done. Women are under-represented particularly in higher academic ranks, which may discourage female students and early-career researchers to pursue a career in the water sciences and water engineering.


The morning session will include talks by speakers at different career stages talking about their personal experiences on issues like becoming parent while pursuing an academic career, overcoming gender-related challenges, and examples of supportive and inclusive environments. The afternoon session will include a training session on unconscious bias, and a group discussion.

The one-day event is planned to take place in Bristol on the 19th of February 2019 at the Watershed Media Centre (ca. 20 min walk from Bristol Temple Meads).

Preliminary programme:
  • 09.30 Registration, Tea/Coffee
  • 10.00 Welcome + Introduction
  • 10.30 Speakers 1, 2, 3
  • 12.00 Lunch + Tea/Coffee
  • 13.00 Training: Bystander / Implicit Bias / Barriers to Equality
    (Havi Carel, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bristol)
  • 14.30 Break, Tea/Coffee
  • 15.00 Introduction to Discussion
  • 15.30 Discussion round
  • 17.00 Finish
Confirmed invited speakers:
  • Elena Toth, Associate Professor at the University of Bologna, President of the Hydrological Sciences Division of the European Geosciences Union (EGU)
  • Joshua Larsen, Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography at the University of Birmingham
  • Hannah Cloke, Professor of Hydrology at the University of Reading

Who should attend

The event is open to PhD students, post-docs, lecturers and professors and everybody else in water science and engineering - women and men are equally welcome.

Benefits of attending

  • Become (more) aware of unconscious bias
  • Learn about practical actions you can take to help achieve a more inclusive, enjoyable and productive working environment
  • Have your say on short-term actions to improve equality in our community
  • Being provided with positive examples and role models to support you in your career
  • Being provided with a networking opportunity

Some example questions for the discussion

  • How do/did gender equality issues influence your choice of staying in academia?
  • What are in your experience actions/attitudes that hinder success/day-to-day activities?
  • How does inclusive recruitment look like?
  • Which equality/inclusion/diversity issues would you like to be tackled in your institution?
  • Which UK initiatives on gender equality do you know and have you been working with them?


This is a free event, but it requires registration as spaces are limited. Please register before the 9th of February.
>> Please register here <<

Organising team
The organising team consists of Elisa Coraggio, Sebastian Gnann, Melike Kiraz, Dr Valentina Noacco, Dr Francesca Pianosi, Dr Maria Pregnolato, Lina Stein and Lina Wang - all based at the University of Bristol.



This event is funded by the GW4 Water Security Alliance. With over 200 academics across the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter, the GW4 Water Security Alliance is the largest UK water research consortium - and one of the largest worldwide. It brings together academics and stakeholders with a common vision of addressing the impact of global change on water to benefit people and ecosystems. More information: https://www.gw4water.com/.

This event is also supported by the School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (CAME) (University of Bristol), the Cabot Institute and the EPSRC WISE CDT.