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Tagged With: diversity

Here’s to Hypatia: the world’s first female superstar scientist

By Tom Ireland MRSB, editor of The Biologist and managing editor at the Royal Society of Biology. Today is International Day of Women and Girls in Science, a day for celebrating the contributions of women to scientific progress and for inspiring girls to consider careers in STEM subjects. It’s a day to celebrate the great female scientists … Continue reading »

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Diversity in Science: creating an inclusive environment

By Gabriele Butkute AMRSB, science policy officer at the Royal Society of Biology and the Biochemical Society The Royal Society’s Annual Diversity Conference, ‘Diversity Matters – the road to inclusivity’ provided an uplifting environment to learn about initiatives in a range of workplaces. Meeting representatives from across the science sector, including from education and government, … Continue reading »

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Targeting Unconscious Bias

By Josephine Hellberg, MRC policy intern at the Royal Society of Biology Every time we meet someone, our brains are busy categorising our impressions. However, many of these categorisations make use of cognitive shortcuts that rely on cultural expectations and past experiences and are therefore vulnerable to prejudice and stereotyping. As a result, we might … Continue reading »

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People with disabilities in STEMM: challenges and future directions

By Gabriele Butkute, science policy assistant at the Royal Society of Biology I recently attended the Future directions in STEMM for people with disabilities conference, organised by the STEMM Disability Advisory Committee (STEMM-DAC) of which the RSB is a member. It taught me a great deal about disability support, compassion and resilience. Disability in the … Continue reading »

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Coming out in STEM

by Gabriele Butkute, science policy assistant at the Royal Society of Biology and the Biochemical Society. “I don’t mind people who are gay; I just don’t want that flaunted in my face”. That’s what Fran Cowling, one of the panel members at The Royal Society’s event, Out in STEM was once told. While unfortunately similar … Continue reading »

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Tackling the underrepresentation of women in science

By Dr Zenobia Lewis, Senior Lecturer and Co-Chair for University of Liverpool Institute of Learning and Teaching Athena SWAN Team As many in the Higher Education community are aware, the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) Athena Swan Charter has been a driving force supporting women in science in the UK for the past decade. The Charter … Continue reading »

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Diversity and blogging

Rebecca Nesbit is one of the tutors on the upcoming Society of Biology Writing for a non-specialist audience course. Diversity was a long way from my mind when, during my PhD, I made my first explorations in writing popular science. At first, my writing simply a way to discover new science and share it in … Continue reading »

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What does a scientist look like?

By Dr Catherine Ball, science policy advisor at the Society of Biology and Biochemical Society If I asked you to think of a ‘typical scientist’ what would you imagine? It is a sad truth that, although we have come a long way, stereotypes can still dominate. As a policy advisor, part of my work focuses … Continue reading »

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Diverse initiatives to promote diversity in science, engineering and maths: Part 2

By Paul Richards, BBSRC Policy Fellow at the Society of Biology This post is the second part of a blog signposting some of the various current initiatives aimed at increasing the diversity of people studying and working in STEM, to coincide with today’s Parliamentary Links Day. The first post covered a broad range of diversity … Continue reading »

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Diverse initiatives to promote diversity in science, engineering and maths: Part 1

By Paul Richards, BBSRC Policy Fellow at the Society of Biology Tomorrow, Parliamentary Links Day will bring together policy makers and representatives from the STEM community for talks and discussions about ‘science and diversity’. The run-up to Links Day presents a timely opportunity to highlight some of the excellent initiatives aimed at promoting greater equality … Continue reading »

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