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Sussex celebrates first LGBTSTEM Day

The first ever international LGBTSTEM Day (5 July 2018) will be celebrated on campus with a special event to showcase the science that is done by LGBT+ scientists across the University.

LGBTSTEM Day was set up to recognise, raise awareness and increase support of LGBTQ+ people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

In recognition of this, the University is hosting a showcase to raise the profile of LGBT+ scientists from across the STEM subjects.

Lead organiser, Dori Grijseels, said: "It is important to show that science is a place where LGBT+ individuals can feel safe. By showcasing the science of young LGBT+ researchers at this university, as well as our incredible keynote speaker, I’m hoping we inspire allies to be more inclusive and show young LGBT+ students that science has a place for them."

The science showcase will be held on LGBTSTEM Day, 5 July, from 2-5pm in the Chowen Lecture Theatre, BSMS on the University of Sussex campus.

In addition to talks from University staff, Dr Izzy Jayasinghe of the University of Leeds will deliver a keynote lecture.

All of the talks will be suitable for a general audience, and no background knowledge is required. For a full schedule of the day, see below.

This event is part of the project, Out and About STEM, which was started by Dr Katy Petherick in the School of Life Sciences and is funded by a Biochemical Society Diversity in Science grant.

The LGBTSTEM showcase is also supported by the School of Psychology and the Biochemical Society.

Please register on Eventbrite.

On the same day, just before the showcase (12noon–2pm), BSMS are also running an event, ‘Perspectives on the Clinical Needs of Trans People’. For more information and to book a place on this event, please visit the BSMS website.

LGBTSTEM Day science showcase, 5 July, 2–5pm

2:00-2:05 – Welcome by Professor Claire Annesley, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Equalities and Diversity)

2:05-2.15 – Introduction by Dori Grijseels

2:15-2:35 – Mr Lucas Kraft "The major genetic risk factor in Alzheimer's disease"

2:35-2:55 – Mx Mark Mirmelstein "Studying the universe with the cosmic microwave background radiation"

2:55-3:15 – Mr Reece Saint "The Quantum Sense: Feeling the invisible to find a needle in a haystack"

3:15-3:30 – Break, refreshments in foyer

3:30-3:40 – Mrs Camilla Elphick "Can AI help LGBTQ+ people report workplace harassment safely and effectively?"

3:40-3:50 – Dr Andrea Keszthelyi "Tangled - A (fairy) tale of DNA replication in the context of DNA topology"

3:50-4:10 – Mr Stephen Ashton "The mathematics of human contact"

4:10-5:00 – Keynote lecture from Dr Izzy Jayasinghe “Resolution to see or resolve to be seen?”

5:00-6:00 – Drinks reception in BSMS foyer

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By: Jessica Gowers
Last updated: Thursday, 28 June 2018

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