By Dr Elizabeth Montague-Hellen, University of Sheffield
Diversity in STEM fields is an issue that has become more and more prominent over the last few years, with academic departments competing over who has the higher Athena Swan award, and the government committing to boosting diversity in STEM.
We have interviewed our panel of expert judges for the Science Communication Competition series, to find out more about their career paths into science communication, and tips for those just starting out in this area. This post is by Professor Kay Yeoman, Professor of Science Communication at the University of East Anglia.
By Michael Wood, Intern, Biochemical Society
Before the end of 2017 members of the public will be asked, “Should the UK remain part of the EU?” as part of a referendum on the United Kingdom’s EU membership. It is important that everyone who votes is well informed on how the outcome of the referendum could affect them and the issues they care about. With this in mind, we hope to explore the impact EU membership has on UK molecular bioscience and build upon the information that is already publicly available.
We have launched a questionnaire to gather opinions and experiences that our members and other professionals working in the field have had.
By Gabriele Butkute, science policy assistant
Look around your office, your lab or the next conference centre you are at. How many non-UK nationals do you see? If you are at a university, about a quarter of your academic colleagues will be non-UK nationals. You might be one yourself.
By Rachel Burnett, Education and Public Engagement Officer
The Association for Science Education Conference is a great opportunity to engage with science education professionals from across the UK. The 2016 conference was held at Birmingham University in the first week of January, and was packed with fascinating talks, workshops and exhibitions from different organisations within science education. The Biochemical Society organised two events at the conference, Careers in the biosciences: supporting students and Experimenting with Storytelling.