About ESWN

ESWN is an international peer-mentoring network of women in the Earth Sciences, many of whom are in the early stages of their careers. Our mission is to promote career development, build community, provide opportunities for informal mentoring and support and facilitate professional collaborations.

The volunteered time and efforts of ESWN members, the ESWN Leadership Board and ESWN committees have fueled the growth and productivity of our group. Beginning with no regular budget, we benefited from funding and in-kind support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean at the University of Washington in Seattle and the University of East Anglia (UEA, UK). Most recently, NSF ADVANCE-PAID funding (Grant No. 0929782) supported ESWN growth and the creation of this online center for communications and resources.  (Of course, any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed throughout this site are those of ESWN and its members and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.)

In 2014, ESWN officially launched as a nonprofit with support from our members and supporters. Our first-ever fundraising initiative brought in over $13,500 from nearly 300 contributors. This money will support the legal fees associated with the nonprofit, IT support for this web center and seed money for exciting new initiatives.

Fundamentally, ESWN is a grassroots, member-driven organization. Discussions are created and maintained by members and all members are eligible to host events, start initiatives, or participate in ongoing activities (event planning, newsletters, online discussions, etc.). The most recent ESWN Strategic Plan was approved by the ESWN Leadership Board on January 31, 2014. To see the plan, please visit this site.