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Further diversifying chemistry – a focus on race inequality (RSC Inclusion and Diversity Forum 2020)

8 December 2020 14:00-16:15, United Kingdom

The Royal Society of Chemistry Inclusion and Diversity Forum 2020 will take place virtually on 8 December, with a focus on race inequality in the chemical sciences and the role that each of us has to play to ensure a working culture that is more inclusive and fair to everyone.

During this interactive event, we will look at evidence of race inequality within the chemistry community, discuss the experiences behind the data, question the inclusivity of current systems and begin to investigate how to break down barriers.

Our keynote lecturers will be Christopher Jackson, Ijeoma Uchegbu, Robert Mokaya and Yalinu Poya.

We will also present the new RSC Inclusion and Diversity Strategy to 2025 – Enabling Inclusive Access and Progression in the Chemical Sciences.

There will be the opportunity to hear from current Inclusion and Diversity Fund grant holders and learn from their community-driven projects that aim to address issues experienced by underrepresented groups in the chemical sciences.

We also want to hear from the community, and encourage attendees to participate our breakout discussions. Due to high demand, we have increased the capacity for the breakout discussions and will randomly assign participants to one of the following breakout discussion topics:
  1. Retaining talent: How can we address the disproportionate attrition of ethnic minorities in the chemical sciences?
  2. An evidence-based approach: What data and evidence is missing to understand and take effective action on racial discrimination and barriers in chemical sciences?
  3. A welcoming community: Do the chemical sciences welcome individuals from all races? How can we foster a sense of belonging for ethnic minorities in the chemical sciences?
  4. Champions and allies: What is needed for the chemical sciences community to create effective allies and sponsors for ethnic minorities? 
  5. Looking back on 2020: Has COVID-19 exacerbated race inequalities in the chemical sciences? How can the chemical sciences learn from movements like Black Lives Matter to shape the actions that need to be taken now?

If you have any accessibility requirements, please let us know through the registration form. British Sign Language interpretation will be provided by Rachael Dance, Cambridgeshire Deaf Association. 


14:00 - Welcome
14:05 - Flash poster presentations
14:15 - Keynote presentations
     14:15 - Professor Christopher Jackson
     14:25 - Professor Ijeoma Uchegbu
     14:35 - Professor Robert Mokaya
     14:45 - Dr Yalinu Poya
14:55 - Panel discussion with keynote lecturers
15:10 - Breakout discussions
     15:30 - Roundup from breakout discussions
15:40 - Closing remarks
15:45 - Poster session and networking
16:15 - Event end

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