Our sense of belonging is subjective and arises from our day-to-day experiences. We therefore did a qualitative study to better understand this phenomenon. We held a series of online interviews and focus groups with chemists based in the UK and internationally in spring 2021. We asked them about their lived experiences of belonging and not-belonging in the chemical sciences.
This study enriches the quantitative and qualitative data we have previously gathered on inclusion and diversity in the chemical sciences, and helps us better understand how to make the chemical sciences a community where people from all backgrounds feel welcome and can do their best.
Chief Executive Dr Helen Pain said: “When people feel they belong, they are more able to share their ideas, be creative and collaborate. Not only do they enjoy their work more, but they perform better. The result is that they are more likely to stay in our profession and contribute to the success of the chemical sciences.”