A second set of first impressions
Introductory messages from Royal Society of Chemistry President Professor Gill Reid and Race and Ethnicity Unit lead Dr Joanna Jasiewicz kicked off the launch event, which started with a cohort-only day.
After an icebreaker to get the dozens of attendees acquainted with each other, the rest of the first day was focused on developing career skills. Career and professional development adviser Laura Woodward laid on a triple-header of sessions focused on networking, identifying skills, and CV and cover letter writing.
The Missing Elements report identified that a shocking 0% of chemistry professors in UK universities are Black. Professor Robert Mokaya, who works at the University of Nottingham and is an RSC Trustee, believes he may be the only Black chemistry professor in the UK - a number which gets rounded down to zero in the statistics.
Introduced by Professor Reid, Professor Mokaya shared his experiences of a lifetime spent in the chemical sciences as someone from an underrepresented background in a keynote speech to round out the first day's events.