Join us on 18 July for the 2nd part of this series to learn about factors affecting attrition and retention of LGBTQ+ scientists

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The second of our two-part series will focus on the multifaceted research approaches being developed by researchers. A combination of ideas, each with unique attributes, is needed to gather meaningful evidence to inform policy and interventions in favour of LGBTQ+ individuals.

Our speakers will discuss the challenges and the advantages of using qualitative and quantitative data to discover and untangle factors influencing the attrition and retention of LGBTQ+ scientists in the UK and the US.

Register now for the second and final part of two webinars dedicated to this topic. This hour-long session will again be moderated by Kevin Coutinho – he’ll be joined by two more winners of the RSC LGBT+ inclusion in Stem grant who will speak about their projects (see project titles below). The webinar will include time for a panel discussion, followed by an opportunity for audience questions.

• Marco Reggiani – Creating change by telling the whole story: Making the case for qualitative research methods to strengthen LGBTQ+ retention in Stem in the US and the UK

• Abigail Powell - Barriers within barriers − minorities within minorities: the challenges for LGBT+ inclusion in the UK-US Stem landscape through an intersectional lens.

Here is a link to register for the first part of this webinar series: ‘LGBTQ+ in Stem: Using data to foster inclusion – Part 1’.


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Marco Reggiani

Marco is a research associate at the University of Strathclyde, UK. He has a PhD in Architecture from the University of Tokyo, Japan, and a Masters in building and architectural engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy. He has been researching urban development, place identity, mobilities, and public life – particularly in the context of Japan and equity, diversity, and inclusion in Stem subjects. This has included exploring the experiences of LGBTQ+ people and women in Stem and designing initiatives to remove barriers to inclusion for historically marginalised and excluded individuals.


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Abigail Powell

Abigail is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Lincoln, UK, and Director of Research within the Eleanor Glanville Institute. Abigail’s research is underpinned by her passion for social justice and equality. Abigail is an expert in equality, diversity and inclusion, with a particular focus on gender in male dominated occupations, and complex evaluation and impact measurement. Abigail has published widely in sociology, social policy, management and industrial relations journals, as well as translating research findings for a range of audiences, including academics, policymakers and the public.


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Kevin Coutinho

Kevin is a UK equalities practitioner within higher education and the voluntary sector. He is an Independent Governor at Cardiff Metropolitan University, an adviser to the University of Galway, and an Athena SWAN and Race Equality Charter chair/panellist for Advance HE. Kevin also runs a consultancy, working with higher education institutions to increase inclusion and enhance equality practice. Kevin is the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Windsor Fellowship, a race equality and diversity charity that promotes education, citizenship and employability. He is a member of the council at the British Science Association and has been a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Royal Society of Chemistry since 2018.

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This webinar has been developed in partnership with the Inclusion and Diversity team at the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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.