One example I have been involved in over a number of years is the Pan-Africa Chemistry Network. That's really worked very well because it's been able to bring together chemists and actually beyond just chemistry – other scientists in the region, in Africa, to start to have conversations and that's really worked very well. It's also raised the profile of those particular chemists and what they're doing, so that convening power has been really very positive and it's a model that might be used elsewhere.
Actually there was something else that was going on that has to do with bringing people together, sharing best practice and, in that process actually building capacity. That also has been very positive in some of the initiatives that the PACN has put forward and actually that speaks to inclusivity and diversity, as well, because the chemical sciences – that's a global community – and when we think about the players in that community, who are they and how is everybody in that community, not just in the UK but globally, having a voice?
I believe that actually diversity is not an end to itself, but actually diversity is an avenue, is a pathway to a better way of doing things, to a higher level performance, because when you have diversity, you suddenly have better views than having homogeneous views and so I see a line between those two. I think it's important that the chemical sciences be an inclusive space for everybody who wants to be part of it.