The Biochemical Society is committed to ensuring equal opportunities in the molecular biosciences. We believe that a lack of diversity across the scientific community represents a loss of potential talent to the UK. As part of our work in this area, the Diversity in Science grants scheme aims to support the community in their activities to deliver a more inclusive environment for all.

Now in its 5th year, the scheme continues to grow and this year we received a record number of applications.  We are thrilled with the quality and creativity exhibited in the projects proposed and pleased to announce the following winners:

  • Gillian Dornan: UVic WIS STEM Research Symposium 2018 – Annual research meeting at the University of Victoria, Canada, helping to foster a supportive and engaging network for women in STEM.
  • Agatha Grela: Scientists hidden from history – a celebration of BAME scientists – An event and long-term exhibition highlighting the work of scientists from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups who have not previously received due credit and/or visibility for their work.
  • Amy Cameron: Inspiring Stories from Women in STEM – Two events to share stories and experiences of women in STEM to be held at the annual Dundee Women’s Festival.
  • Carly Stevens: Science Hunters – A holiday club using Minecraft to inspire looked after children (LAC) about environmental science.
  • Gracielle Higino: IGNITE Girls Camp – A training camp in São Paulo, Brazil providing female scientists with training in communicating science to women and girls.
  • Matthew Young: Querdy – A science engagement podcast due to launch in February 2019 featuring LGBTQ+ scientists in STEM.
  • Nick Weisse: Inspiring Language Communities – A project which partners overseas researchers with community-led supplementary language schools across Manchester aiming to engage these different communities with science.
  • Steven Livingstone: Open Dialogue: Co-production between service users, carers, family members  and staff – Enabling participants from local third sector organizations working with people with mental health problems and BAME communities to attend a workshop on Open Dialogue research and practice in London.

Commenting on the grants, Dr David Pye, Honorary Policy Officer at the Biochemical Society said:

It is fantastic to be able to offer the Diversity in Science grants again this year. We’ve received a record number of applications covering a wide range of exciting ideas. Although the scientific community is doing more than ever to address the underrepresentation of groups in both educational establishments and the workplace, there is still more to be done. It is still necessary to increase participation by and support for individuals from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, women, ethnic minorities, LGTBQ+ and disability groups within scientific activities globally.

Over the years, the Diversity grants offered by the Biochemical Society have supported activities that engage people with, highlight and address issues related to diversity and inclusion in science. I am sure that this year’s awards will enable the grant winners and their projects to help show that science is for everyone.

The Biochemical Society would like to thank our reviewers for these grants for their time, advice and support for the Diversity in Science Grants.

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