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Annual Diversity Conference: Pride and Prejudice - breaking down barriers in science



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


Delegates at the 2014 Royal Society Diversity Conference

This year, the Society’s Annual Diversity Conference will examine the barriers to entry and progression in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) that impact underrepresented groups with a particular focus on bias.

Keynote speaker:
Harvard Professor Mahzarin R. Banaji, founder of Project Implicit will deliver an interactive seminar entitled 'Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People'. Project Implicit is utilised extensively in the field of unconscious bias.

To see a summary of the day via tweet, you can see our 'Storify'. 

Attending this event

This conference is open to all and free to attend.

It will be of particular interest to policy makers, the broad research community in both academia and industry, scientists and researchers, diversity practitioners, other academies and learned societies/professional bodies, research councils, leaders and managers.

British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation and Speech-To-Text Transcription will be provided at this event. If you will be using either of these services please contact the diversity team ( so we can cater for the right number.

If you have any other specific requirements, please let us know in advance to enable us to make the necessary arrangements in advance of the day. Further information about accessibility is available via our website.

Please contact the diversity team at if you have any queries.

Schedule of talks

23 November

09:30-10:00 Registration

Registration and refreshments


Welcome Address


Understanding and removing barriers in science

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Professor Lucie Green, University Research Fellow, Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL Department of Space and Climate Physics

Understanding and removing barriers in science

Dr Nike Folayan, Associate, WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff
Dr Mark Richards, Senior Teaching Fellow, Department of Physics, Imperial College London
Dr Patricia Sánchez-Baracaldo, Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow
Dr Seralynne Vann, Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Basic Biomedical Science, School of Psychology, Cardiff University


A lively panel discussion on the current barriers faced by researchers of all ages and solutions, tips and advice on creating a welcoming and supportive environment.

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Refreshment break


Publish or perish: Creating an inclusive research culture

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Dr Bernd Pulverer, Head of Scientific Publications & Chief Editor, EMBO Journal

Publish or perish: Creating an inclusive research culture

Professor Richard Jones FRS, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation, University of Sheffield
Professor Ursula Martin CBE, Professor of Computer Science, University of Oxford
Dr Zania Stamataki, School of Immunity and Infection, University of Birmingham
Dr Kate Turton, HE Policy Adviser, Research Education and Knowledge Exchange, Higher Education Funding Council for England

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Lunch and networking


Keynote Lecture

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Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People

Professor Mahzarin Banaji, Harvard University, USA

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Closing remarks

16:00-17:00 Drinks reception

Networking drinks reception

Annual Diversity Conference: Pride and Prejudice - breaking down barriers in science The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK