GW4 Diversity Conference

November 17, 2020 - November 18, 2020

LGBTQ+ STEM Day is an annual global event, now in its third year, held to celebrate the contributions of scientists, technologists/technicians, engineers, mathematicians, and medics who identify as LGBTQIA+ (i.e. Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans/Trans+, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual/Ace/Agender or otherwise not cisgender and/or not straight), and to highlight barriers to STEMM subjects and careers for LGBTQ+ individuals.

This year for LGBTQ+ STEM Day (Wednesday 18 November) GW4 and PRISM Exeter invite you to join the following events:

GW4 Diversity in Physics conference, Nov 18th 2020 (10am – 4pm) via Zoom

The Physics and Astronomy departments of the GW4 Alliance institutions (Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter) warmly invite you to a free 1-day online conference to mark LGBTQ+ STEM Day 2020. Aimed at staff and students from the physics sector we will be discussing the many dimensions of diversity, and how we can tackle the barriers that still exist. Featuring speakers on topics such as Lad Culture, Open Science, Colonialism in the curriculum, Harassment and bullying and an opportunity to hear about the Institute of Physics’ latest member survey and their strategy for diversity beyond Project Juno.

Sessions will be held on Zoom with plenty of chance for questions, chat and discussion, and an informal networking space will be available over lunch, and for the last 30 minutes of the day to help you keep the conversations going.

For more information including the full programme and speaker biographies visit the Cardiff University website.

Register in advance for this conference via Zoom.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

PRISM Speakers, Nov 17th 2020 (7-9:30pm) via Zoom

Join PRISM Exeter on the evening of November 17th 2020 for a celebration of diversity and inclusion in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Medicine (STEMM).

Prof Robert Appleby (Univ. Manchester) will speak about the Tactile Collider project and communicating science to a visually impaired audience. Dr Nat Stephen (Univ. Plymouth) will speak about her experiences as a Bisexual planetary scientist and her work with the TIGERS parliamentary advisory group advocating for equity in STEMM research. The event is free and open to all. Both talks will be 15 minutes in length and there will be ample time for discussion with the speakers following their talks.

The talks will be recorded and published online after the event – sign up to the PRISM Exeter newsletter to ensure you are notified when these are published.

More information (including details on how to register) are provided on Eventbrite.

Persons interested in the following are particularly advised to attend:
 – science communication
 – science policy
 – LGBTQ+ representation in STEMM (particularly for parents or educators wishing to provide children and/or young adults with inspirational role models)
 – understanding barriers to inclusion in STEMM from a visual impairment and an LGBTQ+ perspective
 – particle physics / planetary science / geology
 – incorporating arts into STEMM education and communication