Equality & Diversity Seminar - LGBT Event: No Sexuality Please, We’re Scientists

12:00pm - 2:00pm / Tuesday 28th May 2019
Type: Seminar / Category: Department
  • Suitable for: Any staff member or student
  • Admission: Free but please register to attend for catering purposes. Light buffet lunch will be served from 12:00.
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Please join the event organised as part of the School of Physical Sciences Equality & Diversity Seminar Series. In this series, we aim to discuss issues relating to equality and diversity as inclusively and broadly as possible, examining how the different barriers that people face can intersect with each other, and exploring how we can change our School culture to improve the experiences of everybody.

This seminar which has been supported by the Kick Start Funds and organised cooperatively with the LGBT staff network will be an opportunity to talk about the problems students and staff face in tackling Equality and Diversity issues, share ideas, promote good practice and find ways in which we could support each other.

Guest Speaker - Dr Ben Britton, Trustee of Pride in STEM and Senior Lecturer/Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow, Department of Materials, Imperial College London

Abstract - It is tempting to suggest that science can be conducted in a social vacuum, disconnected from the reality of everyday society and the human actors who call themselves scientists. However, there is significant evidence to suggest that enabling humans to be human enables them to think freely and supports the long-term prosperity of the scientific discourse. Enabling individuals to bring their whole selves to work promotes the ability for us to form diverse teams who can draw from a range of perspectives to provide robust decision making and find exciting new avenues of inquiry. In the diversity space, a significant amount of attention is placed upon understanding challenges in attracting and retaining women and girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). Many of these challenges are shared by LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, plus more) colleagues, people of different races, people with disabilities (both visible and invisible), and different social class. In this talk, we will explore the motivations and recent research around the issues of LGBTQ+ in STEM, as well as initiatives to queer up science spaces and science up queer spaces to promote and embrace a more accessible, equal, diverse and inclusive STEM culture.

University of Liverpool Speakers
James Lea, Lecturer, School of Environmental Sciences - “How can you make a difference?: A personal perspective of being LGBTQ+ in STEM”

Shaun Keegan, PhD student, Institute of Integrative Biology - “Implementing Local LGBT Initiatives"

Light buffet lunch will be served from 12:00. Talks will start at 12.30 followed by a discussion panel 13.30 – 14.00.

Location: Seminar Room, Surface Science Research Centre (Building 210 on the campus map), University of Liverpool