Symposium: Science communication to boost diversity in STEM

30 Apr 2020 09:00 - 18:30

One-day Symposium.

The benefits of a diverse workforce are numerous and now well documented. Despite this, women, disabled people and those from ethnic minorities or socially disadvantaged groups are still consistently underrepresented, particularly at senior levels in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Science communication and public engagement are often viewed as unnecessary demands on an academic’s precious time, yet these activities have the potential to raise profiles and enable researchers to reach a wider audience. These are ‘impact’ accreditations, and can improve job prospects and the grant-winning potential of scientists, alongside providing public-speaking and networking opportunities. Importantly, these activities can help promote the emergence of role models who will inspire the young scientists of the future, while challenging stereotypes on who or what a scientist really is. With this one-day symposium, we will explore how science communication, public engagement and outreach activities can foster curiosity about, appreciation for or understanding of scientific concepts, and ultimately support the emergence of a more diverse STEM community. 

This symposium will provide a unique opportunity to bring together a wide audience at the interface of science communication and diversity in STEM. This could include but is not limited to, STEM researchers who are looking for ways to engage with new audiences and get involved in science communication themselves, as well as communication practitioners or equality, diversity and inclusion professionals who want to learn how science communication and public engagement can improve the diversity of the STEM community.

We are very sorry to announce that this symposium has been postponed, due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation in the UK at this time. We will aim to host this event towards the end of 2020, and will announce the date in due course.

If you have already registered for this event, you will be receiving an email shortly and we will arrange a full refund. Thank you for your understanding, and please contact if you have any questions.

Call for poster proposals

There will be an opportunity for ~25 posters to be presented at this event. If you would like to submit a poster, please fill in the poster proposal form and send it to .

File Call for posters proposal form.docx (15.58 KB) (15.58 KB)


Full programme

PDF icon Diversity in STEM - Symposium Programme - Updated 02.03.2020.pdf (135.04 KB) (135.04 KB)



  • Venue: Huxley Lecture Theatre at the Meeting Rooms of the Zoological Society of London, Regents Park, NW1 4RY. See map
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