Recognising Commitment to Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in Astronomy
The Pleiades Awards* were originally launched by the ASA Chapter for Women in Astronomy (WiA) to recognise organisations in Australian astronomy that take active steps to advance the careers of women through focused programs and strive for sustained improvement in providing opportunities for women to achieve positions of seniority, influence and recognition.
In 2016 WiA broadened its aims to encompass wider issues of diversity. This expansion of the chapter’s remit was accompanied by a new name to reflect the change: Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in Astronomy (IDEA). The overarching objective of the IDEA Chapter is to achieve an environment in all institutions associated with Australian astronomy that is welcoming and supportive of all academic staff, professional staff and students, regardless of gender and sexual identity, ethnic and cultural background, disability, age, family/carer responsibilities, political affiliation, and religious belief.
Starting in 2018 the criteria for the Pleiades Awards changed to reflect this expanded goal of equity and inclusion at all levels, and across all people in the astronomical community.
Awards are valid from the 1st of January, for two calendar years.
* This scheme was inspired by the UK’s Athena SWAN program