Bullying and Harassment in Astronomy and Geophysics - report and recommendations

Bullying and Harassment Report 2023


In Spring 2020, the RAS carried out a survey around bullying and harassment. The report summarises the experiences of bullying and harassment and related perceptions of workplace culture for astronomers, solar system scientists and geophysicists.

We found that bullying and harassment is systemic in astronomy and geophysics: 44% of the 661 respondents reported suffering it in the workplace in the two years preceding the survey. Furthermore, people from traditionally under-served and under-represented groups (such as Black and minority ethnic people, LGBTQ+ people, women and people with disabilities) are disproportionately affected by this, with many of these groups being ~50% more likely to report bullying and harassment.

The survey and report presented data and findings, and a set of recommendations and actions based on the evidence was created.

Link to the Nature Astronomy article on this work: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41550-024-02232-9