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The Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering are hosting a joint discussion meeting to take a practical look at the challenges to using, manipulating and managing diversity data in the area of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) education and employment.

The Royal Society’s report A picture of the UK scientific workforce, published earlier this year, analysed data 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. The Society recommended that in order to better understand the diversity makeup of the scientific workforce and community and entry, progression and retention within the workforce there should be improved links between existing datasets, from school through to vocational, further and higher education and into the workplace across the full range of STEMM sectors.

Collaborating with our BIS (Department for Business, Innovation & Skills) STEMM programme partner, the Royal Academy of Engineering, this meeting will share some of the key findings from our respective data gathering exercises over the last year and take a practical look at what needs to be done in terms of improving data collection, data linkage and data analysis in STEMM diversity.

The discussion meeting will bring together key figures from across the STEMM community, government representatives, dataset owners and researchers working on diversity in STEMM to explore the key challenges to using, manipulating and managing diversity data and to make recommendations for the Academies and other bodies on areas for improved working and further research.

The discussion meeting will be chaired by Professors Dame Julia Higgins DBE FRS FREng and Dame Wendy Hall DBE FRS FREng and the key note speech will be delivered by Carole Willis, Chief Executive, National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER).

Attending this event

This event is invitation only. A limited number of places are available via application. If you would like to attend please request an invitation and state your interest in the discussion meeting by emailing

Wheelchair access is available; please notify us at time of registering for any accessibility needs.