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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.



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Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People