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Diversity Day 2014

Event

June
172014

10:00 - 16:30

Location

The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Overview

One-day conference celebrating diversity in science

Event details

The Royal Society is holding its second annual ‘Diversity Day’ celebrating diversity in science. The Society is committed to promoting diversity in UK science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) by seeking to increase participation from underrepresented groups.

Diversity Day will bring together members of the scientific community and those active in equality and diversity to discuss the key issues and barriers to improving the diversity of the scientific workforce and to share best practice and current initiatives. Part of the day will focus on Women in Science and Leadership, celebrating 50 years since Professor Dorothy Hodgkin FRS won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

This year our Diversity Day has a ‘bring a mentee’ theme. We encourage you to bring along your mentee (or a colleague or a friend) to find out more about diversity in STEMM. There will also be plenty of opportunities to network with others in the scientific community.

We are also holding an evening public event presenting a screening of video clips from the project Inspiring Scientists: Diversity in British Science. This will be followed by Professor Joanna D. Haigh CBE FRS in conversation with Alok Jha, Science correspondent at ITV News. 

Download the final programme as a PDF or Word document. If you require the programme in any other formats, please contact the Diversity team.

Attending this event

This conference is open to all and free to attend. 

It will be of particular interest to those working in academia, employers from industry, scientists, senior management, equality and diversity practitioners, professional bodies related to STEMM disciplines, disability professionals, learned societies and anyone with an interest in diversity in science.

British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation and Speech-To-Text Transcription will be provided at this event. If you require either of these services please contact the diversity team (diversity@royalsociety.org) by Tuesday 10 June. 

If you have any specific requirements, please let us know by Tuesday 10 June to enable us to make the necessary arrangements in advance of the day. Further information about accessibility is available.

Please contact the Diversity Team at diversity@royalsociety.org if you have any queries.

Schedule of talks

Welcome address

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Physical Secretary and Vice-President of the Royal Society, Lead Officer for diversity

Professor John Pethica FRS

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Diversity at the Royal Society

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Chair of the Royal Society Diversity Programme Steering Group

Dame Julia Higgins FRS

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Session 1: Increasing diversity in STEMM apprenticeships

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Chaired by Professor Saiful Islam, Member of the Royal Society's Equality and Diversity Advisory Network

Professor Saiful Islam

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Key note speaker

Peter Little OBE, Author of Government Report: “Creating an Inclusive Apprenticeship Offer”

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Panellist: Inclusive apprenticeships for all in science, technology and engineering fields.

Dr Linda Miller, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Employment Studies

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Panellist: Inclusive apprenticeships for all in science, technology and engineering fields.

Jessica Sales, Higher Apprentice, SI-Group UK, Ltd.

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Panellist: Inclusive apprenticeships for all in science, technology and engineering fields.

Regina Tumblepot, Civil Engineering Technical Apprentice, Morgan Sindall

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Session 2: “Getting to the top” celebrating 50 years since Professor Dorothy Hodgkin won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

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Chaired by Professor Ed Hinds FRS (Chair of the Royal Society’s Equality and Diversity Advisory Network) - Findings from the Dorothy Hodgkin Fellows career tracking study

Professor Ed Hinds, Imperial College, UK

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Key note speaker

Dame Sally Davies, Department of Health, UK

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Panellist: ‘Getting to the top’

Professor Cait McPhee, Professor of Biological Physics, University of Edinburgh, Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow 1999-2001

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Panellist: ‘Getting to the top’

Dr Rhaana Starling, Lecturer and Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow, University of Leicester

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Panellist: ‘Getting to the top’

Dr Chimene Laure Daleu

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Session 3 - Workshop A: Best practice case studies on improving diversity

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Chaired by Alun Griffiths, Executive Director and Group HR Director, Atkins and Member of the Royal Society's Diversity Programme Steering Group

Alun Griffiths, Executive Director and Group HR Director, Atkins

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Session 3 - Workshop B: Social-psychological barriers to diversity in STEMM

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Chaired by Professor Dame Julia Higgins FRS FREng

Dame Julia Higgins FRS

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Professor Helen Beebee, Samuel Hall Professor of Philosophy, University of Manchester

Professor Helen Beebee, Samuel Hall Professor of Philosophy, University of Manchester

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Dr Pete Jones, Chartered Psychologist & Chartered Scientist, Different with Difference

Dr Pete Jones, Chartered Psychologist & Chartered Scientist, Different with Difference

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Plenary session: Increasing diversity in the scientific workforce

Closing remarks

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Jennifer Cormack, Director of Development, the Royal Society

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Diversity Day 2014 The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK