Diversity within science is essential for ideas, innovation and research to thrive. It has been repeatedly shown that diversity within science leads to broader perspectives, novel thinking, and raising the level of research excellence. 

The Biochemical Society is committed to promoting equality and diversity within the molecular biosciences, with the ambition to foster an inclusive environment across life sciences to ensure that involvement in science becomes accessible for all. As part of our work to achieve this aim, every year the Society awards a number of ‘Diversity in Science grants’. These grants provide up to £500 to fund projects dedicated to addressing diversity issues within science and breaking down the barriers and stereotypes that surround accessibility to science. 

This year, the Society received a record number of applications, with many of the projects exhibiting great imagination and high levels of creativity and we are delighted to announce the following winners: 

  • Christopher O’Kane, Anglia Ruskin University – ‘United Nations for Healthcare awareness’ 
  • Connie Chow, The Exploratory – ‘See it. Be it. Role Models in real life and in print’
  • Gavin Shots, Auburn University – ‘Bee a Biologist’
  • Katy Petherick, University of Sussex – ‘Out and about STEM’
  • Matthew Lee, University of Bristol – ‘Creative Youth Network – Explore Science partnership’ 
  • Michael Osae, Ghana Science Association – ‘Scientists on show’ 
  • Nicole Fielding University of Lincoln, – ‘TOES Tinker Observe Explore Science partnership’ 
  • Rachel Norman University of Leicester – ‘Inspiring women to STEM success’

We are delighted to be able to support such a wide variety of projects, and hope these initiatives will inspire and encourage current and future scientists across the whole of society. 

The Biochemical Society would like to thank all the grant reviewers:

  • Amanda Aldercotte, Equality Challenge Unit 
  • Gabriele Butkute, Royal Society 
  • Daniel Greenwood, Francis Crick Institute 
  • Amanda Hardy, Royal Society of Biology 
  • Anne-Marie Imafidon, STEMettes
  • Sandra Kirk, Biochemical Society Policy Advisory Panel 
  • Alex Lathbridge, FameLab 2017 winner 
  • Lauren Pecorino, Biochemical Society Policy Advisory Panel 
  • Raghavendra Selvam, Royal Society of Biology

And David Pye, Trustee of the Biochemical Society.

Further information on the Diversity in Science Grants and how to apply can be found on the Biochemical Society website.