Leading the way: Increasing diversity in the scientific workforce

Leading the way: Increasing diversity in the scientific workforceInspiring Scientists: Diversity in British Science

National Life Stories at the British Library have been commissioned to undertake an oral history project focusing in the first instance on scientists from different ethnic groups as part of their ‘An Oral History of British Science.

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The project will use a life story interview methodology and will chart the life stories of ten British scientists, focusing on the interplay of issues such as universities, learned societies, and ethnic diversity within their lives. Interviewees range from Professors to PhD students and the focus on science is wide, covering academia, big industry and individual entrepreneurship.

The full interviews will be archived and made publically available (subject to interviewee consent) at the British Library. A number of high-quality educational resources will be produced including shorter video interviews and profiles designed to inspire young people from all backgrounds to pursue careers in science.

Dr Paul Merchant, Project Interviewer, discusses in his blog post for Black History Month some early themes emerging from the interviews. You can also listen to some audio clips from the first life story interviews.

The project is due to be launched in Spring 2014.

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