A portrait of Dame Anne McLaren FRS


  • 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.