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.
Some of the ways in which we promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
We award and support a number of grants intended to promote diversity in the molecular biosciences.
The Biochemical Society has a strong history of working in the area of women in science.
Athena SWAN Biosciences Best Practice workshop
The Society, working in partnership with the Royal Society of Biology, British Pharmacological Society, The Physiological Society, the Society forApplied Microbiology and the Equality Challenge unit held the second Biosciences Athena SWAN Best Practice Workshop in Charles Darwin House on the 7 March 2018. 50 delegates attended the workshop to share best practice for Athena SWAN applications, discuss ways to promote diversity across university departments and make connections.
The event was live streamed and individual speaker sessions and interviews with delegates are available to watch on the Royal Society of Biology’s Youtube channel.
This event followed a successful first workshop held in 2015. Following the 2015 workshop we produced a short video of the event highlighting some top tips from the speakers about applying for Athena SWAN awards and the benefits of attending event such as the Biosciences Athena SWAN workshop.
Blog posts written by the workshop attendees are available online:
‘Top tips for an Athena SWAN application‘ by Eleanor Smart, Royal Society of Biology
‘Athena SWAN applications: Turning data into action’by Dr Pat Goodwin
“Five things I learned at the Athena SWAN bioscience event” by Rachel Adams, Cardiff Metropolitan University
“Tackling underrepresentaion of women in science“ by Zenobia Lewis, University of Liverpool
The Equality Challenge Unit, who runs the Athena SWAN Awards, attended the event and has produced a top tips sheet.