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Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research/Women of Antarctica
We have recruited and organised volunteers to research, write, edit and submit biographies of notable women antarctic scientists (in collaboration with Women in Red. We plan to host a discussion pannel, promotion of the work done so far, and further recruitment drive at the international SCAR conference.
targetWikipedia (English language)
start date23 August
end date26 August
budget (local currency)USD 2000
budget (USD)please add the amount you are requesting (USD)
grant typeOrganisation
non-profit statusyes
contact(s)• T.Shafee(_AT_)
organization (if applicable)Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research
website (if applicable)on
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Project Goal[edit]

  1. Promote the success of the online SCAR editathon from the last 2 months
  2. Recruit new editors
  3. Increase skills for existing editors
    • We will be running a drop-in editing clinic the three days following the event
  4. Add or improve content related to Women in Antarctic Science

Project Plan[edit]


What is the purpose of the meeting and why is it important to your community?

Most science programmes explicitly prohibited women from working in Antarctica until at least the late 1950s, over half a century after the first male scientists in 1898. Women scientists have now risen to prominent positions, including directorships of the British Antarctic Survey and Alfred Wegener Institute. Nevertheless, they are still under-represented in official recognition (e.g, Polar Medals), and public awareness (e.g Wikipedia biographies). 60% of polar early career researchers are now women - our initiative seeks to provide visible role models for them. We have addressed this shortfall through the effective engagement of multiple communities to manage a high-throughput biography pipeline. Members of the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research nominated notable women. Our committee organised >30 keen volunteers into a collaborative research-writing-editing-uploading pipeline for each biography. The Women in Red Wikiproject then aided us in passing Wikipedia's editor-review process. Over the last months, we have increased the number of biographies for Antarctic women from 7 to >90, with more drafts moving through the pipeline every day. Five have been profiled on the encyclopaedia's front page, including the first woman to set foot on the mainland, and the first to lead an all-woman science team.

If applicable, what benefits have you seen from doing this kind of meeting in the past?

We have never run anything close to this scale before. However, the "Editing for Scientist" workshops run in the past by T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo) have resulted in a >20 new editors, with one page subsequently brought to FA status.[1][2][3][4]

How will you let participants know about the meeting?

Participants were invited via the SCAR international conference via this page. We are scheduled at the end of the second conferece day schedule. We have also promoted it through the SCAR facebook and twitter pages, as well as being promoted by APECS and collaborating closely with w:Wikipedia:WikiProject_Women_in_Red/Meetup/20.

How will you keep participants engaged after the meeting is over?

  • Gathering emails of interested editors
  • Hosting smaller, local follow-up editathons on more specialist topics
  • Encouraging upload of photographs of Antarctic landmarks for use on relevant pages
  • Providing handouts on the use of VisualEditor for beginners
  • Further promoting the successful format for engaging scientific communities in Wikipedia editing

Preliminary programme 23 August

19:00 - Welcome from the Organisers & thank you to the volunteers

  • Motivation for why we are doing this, outline for the evening

19:10 - Welcome form SCAR - Karin Lochte, SCAR Vice President for Capacity Building, Director of AWI

  • A few words from SCAR on the importance of Capacity Building and the role of women in SCAR and Antarctic Research

19:20 - "The New Kids on the Block" - Aitana Forcen

  • Why this matters from a young researcher’s perspective

19:30 - Appetizers & drinks?

  • This time point marks the switch from more “formal stand up talks” to informal panel discussion and presentations
  • Possible volunteer violinist

19:40 - Panel Discussion - Chairs: Justine Shaw & Nerida Wilson

  • A Mix of perspectives on the changing role of Women in Antarctic Science, tales from the past, hopes for the future - each panelist can say 3-minutes of their impressions/stories/thoughts, then open for discussion
HongKum Lee, Past Director of the Korean Polar Research Institute
Terry Wilson, Ohio State, SCAR Vice President
Jane Francis, Director of the British Antarctic Survey
Ian Allison, Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre
Steven Chown, Monash University
Thomas Shafee, Wikipedian

20:10 - "Antarctic women on the map" - Carol Devine

  • a community-made map of Antarctica with all landmarks named after famous women indicated

20:20 - Launch of Pages - Jan Strugnell & Thomas Shafee

  • Summary stats, countries, numbers of people, scientists, politicians, etc.
  • Highlighting a interesting facts from biographies

20:30 - Appetizers, drinks & time to mix?

  • Possible volunteer violinist

21:00 - Closing & thanks for coming

Preliminary programme 24-26 August

10:30-11:00 - Drop in Wikipedia editing training and advice clinic
24:00-25:30 - Drop in Wikipedia editing training and advice clinic


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  1. Number of events: 1
  2. Number of total participants: 400-500
  3. Number of people who will help organize the event: 7

Impact so far[edit]

  • Article in Women in Polar Science newsletter [5]
  • Correspondence to Nature Journal [6]
  • Daily tweets reaching >5000 people [7]


Note: Local currency = Malaysian Ringgit (MYR). costs converted to USD for comparison


Conference centre package for 250 ppl (to spread over 400-500 attendees)

Item Price (USD) Quantity Total (USD) Notes
Banner Printing 250 1 250
Appetisers 21 250 5250
Drink 18 250 4500
Dinner for event organisers to plan the event 40 5 200
Conference venue room rent 200 2 hrs 400 This cost covered by conference package (conference registration)
Internet - - 50 This cost covered by conference package (conference registration)
Total 10200

Supporting funding[edit]

Several funding sources approached to cover costs

Supporter Total (USD) Notes
La Trobe University 2100
Tinker Foundation 1000
Korean Polar Science Institute 1000
International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators 1500
GoFundMe crowdfund 2160 includes KOPRI donation, so subtracted to avoid double-counting
Total 7760

Non-funding supporting associates

Current shortfall:[edit]

USD 2440


  • Support Support as nominator T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 11:32, 9 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Support Support Baeseman (talk) 13:38, 9 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Support Support Janstrugnell (talk) 21:25, 9 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Support Support Ngwilson
  • Support Support WavyGeek
  • Support Support Criesselman (talk) 00:38, 10 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Support Support Leehilliard
  • Support Support Mcpolaar (talk) 03:31, 10 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Support Support Allisonlee9 (talk) 05:49, 10 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Support Support Nedlinda (talk) 06:46, 10 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Support Support Caroldevine24 (talk) 08:52, 10 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Support Support ProfessaRobinson (talk) 09:10, 10 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Support Support Cath.king (talk) 06:52, 10 August 2016‎ (UTC)
  • Support Support Iracooke (talk) 09:33, 10 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Support Support DrShmoo (talk) 08:23, 11 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Support Support This is a great effort and an important area that needs expert curation, like that which will happen at the SCAR 2016 conference. So glad this will be funded. Please reach out if remote assistance is needed. I'm thrilled that more work like this is being done to address women in science and gender gap! -- Erika aka BrillLyle (talk) 13:38, 11 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Support Support Heimdallia (talk) 23:49, 29 August 2016‎ (UTC)


  1. Shafee, Thomas (2015). "Wikipedia for Scientists". La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science. 
  2. Shafee, Thomas (2016). "Wikipedia Editing for Scientists". Lorne Proteins. 
  3. Shafee, Thomas (2016). "Wikipedia Editing for Scientists". Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution. 
  4. Shafee, Thomas (2016). "Women in Antarctic Research Wikibomb". Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research.  (Wikipedia meetup page)
  5. Strugnell, Jan (July 2016). "An Antarctic Women Wikibomb: raising the profile of female scientists" (PDF) (3). Women in Polar Science. p. 6. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  6. Strugnell, Jan; Shafee, Thomas; Wilson, Nerida; Downey, Rachel; Stevens, Craig; Shaw, Justine; Baeseman, Jenny. "Profiles: Kudos for female Antarctic researchers". Nature 536 (7615): 148–148. doi:10.1038/536148b. 
  7. "#AntarcticWomen hashtag on Twitter". Retrieved 2016-08-10.