Symposium: Science communication to boost diversity in STEM

30 Apr 2020 09:00 - 18:30

One-day Symposium - online booking required.

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. 


Registration is now open


Ticket prices

  • Adult: £95
  • Student: £50
  • ZSL Staff, Members and Fellows: £50
  • Ticket prices includes refreshments and lunch.


Full programme

PDF icon Diversity in STEM - Symposium Programme - Updated 17.01.2020.pdf (126.23 KB) (126.23 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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