An award and an appointment at ASIST in Australia #asist2019 #asist19

Last week many members of the worldwide Information Science community gathered in Melbourne, Australia for the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST). I was sorry not to be there myself. This was due to my teaching commitments this semester, in particular my final year undergraduate Knowledge Management module.

Abebe Rorissa, Brian Detlor, #asist2019, #asist19, Hazel Hall, Clarivate, teacher, award

Dr Abebe Rorissa presents Dr Brian Detlor with Hazel’s ‘Outstanding Information Science Teacher’ award (Photo credit: Becky Willson)

Despite my lack of physical presence at the conference, I kept an eye on the hash-tagged tweets from the event (#asist2019; #asist19). I was particularly interested in the Twitter stream around breakfast time (in the UK) on Tuesday 22nd October when the delegates in Melbourne were sitting down for the conference dinner and awards ceremony. This was because Visiting Professor to the Centre for Social Informatics Dr Brian Detlor had kindly agreed to step up to the stage to accept the 2019 Clarivate Analytics Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award on my behalf.

The award was presented by Abebe Rorissa of the University of Albany – thank you! I should also thank Rebekah (Becky) Willson of McGill University for taking photographs during the presentation. Continue reading

Athena SWAN bronze: the Edinburgh Napier experience #SAGEPilot

Athena SWAN bronze award logoThis morning (or I should say ‘evening’ for those in Australia) I took part in a webinar hosted by Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE). First the SAGE team asked me about my experience of leading Edinburgh Napier University to successful achievement on the institutional bronze Athena SWAN award at first attempt in 2014. Continue reading

Webinar preview: Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) and Athena SWAN #SAGEPilot

SAGE Australia bannerThe equivalent body to the UK’s Equality Challenge Unit in Australia is Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE). SAGE is currently running a pilot of Athena SWAN in Australia in which 32 STEMM universities and research organisations are participants. They are all keen to improve the education and career outcomes of all women, and to boost the recognition of under-represented groups such as transgender scientists, indigenous Australian researchers and other minority groups. Following completion of the pilot, the long-term ambition of SAGE is to replicate the UK’s success of Athena SWAN as an evaluation and accreditation programme to enhance gender equity and diversity. Continue reading