School of Life Sciences


Internationally renowned science writer to speak about inequalities in science at free event

Angela Saini

Science journalist and author Angela Saini is giving a talk on campus on Wednesday 18 March.

The event, hosted in partnership with the University of Brighton, marks International Women’s Day and is open to all students and staff, although those in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) are particularly encouraged to attend.

Angela will give an hour-long talk highlighting the persisting inequalities in science, particularly around gender and race, as covered in her critically acclaimed books.

Following Angela’s talk, students and staff will have the opportunity to engage with her directly at a student-led Q&A session.

Professor Miguel Maravall, Co-chair of the School of Life Sciences Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, said: “We are delighted to host this event with Angela Saini at the University. Her talk promises to be fascinating and it is important that we provide students with the opportunity to speak openly about such important issues around inequalities in science.”

Angela has presented radio and television programmes on the BBC and has written as a freelance journalist for the Guardian, The Sunday Times, New Scientist and many more. She has won a number of national and international awards for her work.

Alongside Angela’s journalism work, she has authored a number of books including Inferior and Superior, depicting science inaccuracies about women and race respectively.

Her latest book, Superior, was published in 2019 to widespread critical acclaim, and was named book of the year by the Financial Times, Guardian, The Telegraph and Sunday Times, among many others.

Jackie Rymell, Head of the University of Sussex Equality Diversity and Inclusion Unit, said: “At a time when the University is working to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education, it is vital to reflect upon the systemic biases within the academy. Angela’s visit gives us that opportunity and will provide discussion topics upon which to build change.”

Angela’s successful career is rooted in STEM, with a Masters degree in Engineering (University of Oxford) and Science and Security (King’s College London); she then undertook a fellowship in science journalism (MIT) and trained as a journalist at ITN.

She has spoken at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Sydney Writers Festival, the Jaipur Literature Festival, New Scientist Live, and at literary festivals, science events and conferences across the world.

Angela’s talk will take place in the Jubilee Lecture Theatre on 18 March at 1.30pm, followed by a Q&A session from 2.30pm to 3.15pm.

This is a free event but booking is essential.

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By: Jessica Gowers
Last updated: Thursday, 13 February 2020