The UK Arctic and Antarctic Partnership (UKAAP) is a community led initiative aimed at bringing together a range of representative researchers across a full range of disciplines who are interested in the polar regions.
UK polar research is characterised by poor diversity, stemming from a legacy of gender exclusion and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and a poor track record of inclusivity of Indigenous, Black, Asian and other minority ethnic researchers, and/or from economically- and socially-disadvantaged backgrounds.
We are pleased that we have increased the representation of Early Career Researchers and international researchers, and improved gender balance, at the UK Arctic and Antarctic science meetings. However, we also recognise that there is a long way to go for us to be a fully equitable and inclusive organisation. We would like to state our commitment to positive action to improve i) diversity monitoring and reporting, and ii) pipeline support, visibility and accessibility for underrepresented polar researchers, including women, people who identify as trans and/or non-binary, people from Indigenous, Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, people who identify as having disabilities, and people from LGBTQIA+ groups.