The sixth webinar in the Building a better chemistry culture series focuses on how the chemical sciences can best support and retain LGBT+ individuals. In advanced celebration of #LGBTSTEMDay, we heard from LGBT+ scientists, who are also leaders in inclusion and diversity, to learn about the impact that being supported to bring one’s full self to work can have on scientific output and mental health.
Our speakers, Clara Barker (manager of the Centre for applied superconductivity, University of Oxford), Izzy Jayasinghe (UKRI future leader fellow and senior research fellow, University of Sheffield) and David Smith (professor of chemistry, University of York) discuss:
- The need to eradicate LGBT+ discrimination and exclusionary behaviour, as supported by findings in the report Exploring the workplace for LGBT+ physical scientists jointly published by RSC, IOP and RAS
- Inequalities experienced within the LGBT+ umbrella, particularly for trans, non-binary and ethnic minority individuals
- How LGBT+ visibility and allies both play an important role in building welcoming environments
- A new toolkit of LGBT+ inclusivity resources for the chemistry community, created by the Royal Society of Chemistry
BSL interpretation is provided for the live webinar by Rachael Dance, Cambridgeshire Deaf Association.
Speaker: Clara Barker
Speaker: Izzy Jayasinghe
Speaker: Dave Smith
Interpreter: Rachael Dance
Moderator: Benjamin Valsler, digital editor, Chemistry World magazine
Chemistry World and the Inclusion and Diversity team at the Royal Society of Chemistry are proud to offer a monthly webinar series to support the chemical sciences community in response to and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic.
Throughout the Building a better chemistry culture series, we will illuminate the science behind the issues being experienced and provide support tailored to the needs of chemical scientists including sharing coping strategies and reducing stigma around mental health and wellbeing.
The Inclusion and Diversity team drives and coordinates the strategy across all Royal Society of Chemistry activities to support a more inclusive and diverse chemical sciences community. Through research, advocacy and recognising success, we are working to make ‘chemistry for everyone’ a reality. Find out more about our work here.
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