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Diversity in science


The Society is committed to increasing diversity in STEM by seeking out participation from underrepresented groups, in order to build and develop a world in which studying and working in science are open to all.

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Reports and publications

Read or download all our reports, publications and consultation responses.

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Disability in STEM

Supporting scientists with disabilities is a key priority for the Royal Society and its Diversity Committee, which set up a sub-group to focus on this important area.

Understanding unconscious bias

This animation and briefing on unconscious bias introduce the key concepts and current academic research around unconscious bias

Making better decisions in groups

Based on the research work of Dr Dan Bang and Professor Chris Frith FRS, this introduces the key concepts around improving decision making in groups.

Athena Forum

We support and provide the secretariat for the Athena Forum, an independent and expert voice on the issues of women’s career progression and their representation in higher education and research.

Visit the Athena Forum website

STEMM Disability Advisory Committee

We support and provide the secretariat for the Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine Disability Advisory Committee (STEMM-DAC), a cross-STEMM collaborative group of professional bodies and learned societies, that promotes the inclusion of disabled people in STEMM education and employment.

Visit the STEMM-DAC website

Fellows working in this area

Professor Veronica van Heyningen

Professor Veronica van Heyningen is a geneticist who studies eye development and disease at University College London.

She is a champion of diversity and inclusion in STEM and current Chair of the Royal Society Diversity Committee.

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