Creating a Safe, Secure, Open, and Inclusive Project

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Leadership team takes time and intentional steps to build a culture of safety and respect across the project.
  • Assess efforts to create a project-wide culture of safety, inclusion, and trust that facilitates strong collaboration and exciting scientific discoveries.
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  • Lessons learned are shared with the peers in the scientific community through open and honest self-evaluation and illustrations.
  • Focus is on a decade of experience working at remote field sites in the Alaskan Arctic, underpinned by a focus on (1) safe and harassment-free work environments, (2) respect for local culture, and (3) collaboration and open and inclusive science. 
  • Scientists must become leaders in creating cultures of safety, inclusion, and trust to facilitate the physical and emotional well-being of individuals in scientific teams and in the local communities where we work.
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NGEE Arctic is committed to creating an open and inclusive environment for science and scientists.


Iversen CM, WR Bolton, A Rogers, C Wilson, and SD Wullschleger. 2020. Building a culture of safety and trust in team science. Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, 101.


This research was supported by the Director, Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research of the US Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231 as part of the Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments (NGEE Arctic) project.

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Colleen Iversen