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 third webinar in the Building a better chemistry culture series focuses on isolation and loneliness, looking beyond Covid-19 lockdowns to explore the context for why someone in the chemical sciences may feel isolated and how building meaningful connections can help create a sense of belonging.
Using slides and opening up about their own experiences, our speakers Desiree Dickerson (expert in mental health in academia), Mita Dasog (professor and leader in the chemical sciences) and Aaron Berko (lecturer in chemistry) discuss:
- The psychology behind isolation and its impact on mental health
- Experiences in the chemical sciences that lead to feeling isolated
- Finding and creating communities to counteract isolation
BSL interpretation was provided for the live webinar – included in the recording above – by Rachael Dance, Cambridgeshire Deaf Association.
Speaker: Desiree Dickerson
Desiree Dickerson PhD is a clinical psychologist who specialises in the mental health and well-being of our research community. As a former postdoc in the neurosciences, Desiree works globally with universities, lab groups, and academics in the pursuit of a healthier approach to research.
Find more about Desiree at DesireeDickerson.com
Speaker: Mita Dasog
Speaker: Aaron Berko
Interpreter: Rachael Dance
Moderator: Benjamin Valsler, digital editor, Chemistry World magazine
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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