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Technician March 2017

Paul Richards discusses what the Learned Society community are doing to promote equality in STEM in his blog: 'Diverse initiatives to promote diversity in science, engineering and maths: Part 1'.

The Biochemical Society announced a new diversity strategy in 2014 including a ‘Stay Connected’ bursary scheme and Diversity in Science grants. The Society also sponsors a Daphne Jackson Fellow.

The British Pharmacological Society (BPS) run a range of diversity initiatives, including a mentoring scheme aimed at early career female researchers and care support bursaries. The BPS has also recently published their new equality and diversity statement.

The Microbiology Society has produced an equality and diversity statement and has established ways of working to ensure equality and diversity are included in all of its activities. The Society announced its new Inclusion Grants to support members who would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend the Microbiology Society Annual Conference.

Full list of the Physiological Society's E&D activities can be seen on their website.

The Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM) now offers additional funds, as part of their conference attendance grants scheme, to cover child care costs that would be required to enable attendance.

RCUK Action Plan for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: this action plan represents the collective aspiration of the Research Councils and will be supported by individual Research Council plans setting out more specific targets as appropriate.

Diversity at other Learned Societies and organisations

Other learned societies, including the Royal Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, Institute of Physics and Royal Academy of Engineering, are working on a wide range of diversity initiatives. The Royal Society of Biology works alongside these organisations through our membership of the Athena Forum and the STEM Disability Committee. In addition, the Academy of Medical Sciences provides media training for women.

Updated 9 January 2017