Through dialogue with employers and Universities GAIA looks for solutions for the under-representation of female geoscientists. The study into the career path of female geoscientists has greatly contributed to this. In order to create a structural dialogue with organisations important to geoscientists it was decided in 2001 to create an advisory board, that was founded in October of that same year. Initially, the board invited seven people for the advisory board, who all accepted the invitation.
GAIA thanks the following businesses and institutions for their contribution to the current advisory board: University of Maastricht Centre for Gender and Diversity, Deltares, WL Delft Hydraulics, Shell E&P, NWO office for Earth- and Lifesciences, KNAG, TNO Build Environment and Geosciences, Faculty of Geosciences UU.
GAIA sees as the most important tasks of the advisory board the advising of GAIA concerning its strategy in relation to its aim of achieving a more gender-equal working environment. It is important that this takes place in collaboration with organisations important to geoscientists. Involvement of advisory board members is herein indispensable. Finally, a positive effect is expected in relation to both standing within the geoscientific community and appeal to potential new members. It could convince other organisations that GAIA is a serious interlocutor.
GAIA thanks all people who have previously taken up seats on the advisory board. They are, or were at the time, employed as HRM E&P Shell, director NOW-ALW, director NITG-TNO, chairman and treasurer KNGMP and dean of Geosciences UU.