WiPS - Connecting Women in Polar Science

We aim to build a strong network of Women working in Polar Science and inspire others to become polar scientists. Join us! 

WiPS is showcasing the work done by Women in Polar Science and wants to inspire women at the early stages of their careers through shared stories, exciting experiences and professional mentoring. We want to recognise and give a platform to women and men who have worked to support female representation and contribution in the polar science field.

A figure pulling a sled across a snow-covered landscape

Research on Women in Polar Science

Find out more about Women in Polar Science, connect to other Polar Scientists or contribute! 

A woman (Wei Lijie) stood on a glacier


Find out more about our work on international events and stay up to date with future events!

A woman (Alison Murray) in front of an Antarctic lake

Relevant Links

Find relevant information for Women in Polar Science: announcements, job listings and more!

A woman (Leanne Armand) stood at the prow of a ship in front of some iceburgs

100 polar women!

Meet our amazing women in polar science and support! New content added every week.  Follow their stories here.

WiPS Interviews

Find out more about Women in Polar Science with our interview series on Vimeo. Watch here!

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A little bit About us

Women in Polar Science (WiPS) network started in 2014 with the aim of connecting and supporting women working in Antarctic and Arctic research. WiPS has grown from a small grassroots network, to bring together nearly 10,000 individuals across several social media platforms from all continents of the world, and at all career and management levels. WiPS social media is able to share womens’ own experiences, both successes and struggles, while highlighting their contributions to global science. We are also able to highlight and share information about opportunities, academic and nonacademic, across the whole network to enable better gender parity in applications. WiPS have organised several major events since 2014, including networking events, a Women in Antarctic science Wikibomb to increase wikipedia profiles of female Antarctic scientists, panel discussions on life experiences of women in polar research and leadership in 2018, and a discussion about inclusive collaborations in polar research in 2020. To date, there are more profiles of women Antarctic researchers than men on Wikipedia!

WiPS aims to continue to work towards a more equitable polar sciences in the years to come, with an aspiration for a bright and inclusive future, supporting a diverse global community of researchers, and helping them thrive and achieve to the best of their potential. Come and join us in this journey!

We are grateful to The Ocean Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor in the US, the Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation for sponsoring this project, and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) for supporting us.