A portrait of Dame Anne McLaren FRS


  • Diversity Day: The Royal Society held its second annual ‘Diversity Day’ celebrating diversity in science. Part of the day focussed on Women in Science and Leadership, celebrating 50 years since Professor Dorothy Hodgkin FRS won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. The day included sessions on 'increasing diversity in STEMM apprenticeships' and 'Getting to the Top' as well as workshops with best practice case studies on improving diversity and social-psychological barriers to diversity in STEMM. A diversity exhibition featuring material from the Royal Society archives and library and an evening lecture entitled My life in Science: Diversity in British Science accompanied the Diversity Day event.
  • Inspiring Scientists: Diversity in British Science: Commissioned by the Royal Society, National Life Stories at the British Library undertook an oral history project recording the life stories of 10 British scientists from different ethnic backgrounds active in UK science today.
  • A picture of the UK scientific workforce: A major project was commissioned to analyse and understand the composition of the scientific workforce in terms of gender, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic status and background. This is the first time that such data have been analysed in relation to diversity characteristics across the whole of the scientific workforce, providing a new, useful and instructive insight into the present status of diversity in science.


  • Digiti lingua: a celebration of British Sign Language and Deaf Culture: The Royal Society hosted a public lecture celebrating British Sign Language and Deaf Culture, exploring just some of the history, language and cultures of this community.
  • Diversity Day: The Royal Society hosted a one-day conference showcasing activities to date and forthcoming research, events and other projects to promote diversity.
  • Disability History Month: The Royal Society's diversity team brought together a series of online research profiles to raise awareness about scientific research in disability.


  • Wikipedia 'Edit-a-thon': The Royal Society, in partnership with Wikimedia UK, hosted an edit-a-thon to improve Wikipedia articles about women in science.
  • Black History Month: An online exhibition highlighting the leading role that Fellows of the Society took in opposing slavery, as well as the participation of black scientists in the development of fields as diverse as zoology, mathematics and disease prevention, even if they did not get the recognition they deserved.


  • Dame Anne McLaren portrait: The Royal Society commissioned a portrait of Dame Anne McLaren FRS that currently hangs in the Dining Room.
  • BSL Physics and Engineering project: The Royal Society has part-funded a project to extend the British Sign Language to include physics and engineering terms.


  • Dorothy Hodgkin Day: The Royal Society hosted a day-long programme of events to celebrate of the Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship on the centenary of Dorothy Hodgkin’s birth.


  • Rosalind Franklin Award celebration: The Royal Society held an event to celebrate the Rosalind Franklin Award, which included presentations from past winners about the projects they carried out after winning the Award. It also marked the launch of the latest project to be completed by Professor Ottoline Leyser FRS, winner of the 2007 Rosalind Franklin Award, Mothers in Science: 64 ways to have it all (PDF).
  • Partridge-Donald event: In 2009 Professor Linda Partridge FRS was the first woman to give the Croonian Lecture and to mark this occasion a conversation was held (MP3) between Professor Partridge and Professor Athene Donald FRS who was the second woman to give the Bakerian Lecture, in 2006.

Funding to promote equality

Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship
This grant scheme is for excellent scientists in the UK at an early stage of their career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues.

Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture
This prize lecture is made to support the promotion of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

We also fund other activities to promote equality and diversity.