STEM Equals is an exciting new project promoting and supporting the diverse workforce that makes up the STEM community. The project launches on OCtober 28th from 3pm at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow’s city centre. The event includes a panel discussion, including audience Q&As, with panelists featuring:
Prof. Becky Lunn
Prof. Ijeoma Uchegbu
Dr. Ben Britton
Dr Brynley Pearlstone
Come along - the event is free and tix are available here, but hurry, as places are limited.
Every year, LGBT researchers in STEM fields get together to share their work, and strengthen their network. 2020 promises to be a doozie, hosted at the university of Birmingham.
The STEM village is a community of LGBT researchers in STEM fields from around Scotland. Started in 2019 by Matthew Sinton, the STEM village is on its way towards big things!
One of those is to be the 2020 STEM village meeting. Join us in Edinburgh’s Bayes Hall on June 5th 2020 for a day of talks, panels and posters, and network with queer researchers from around the country.
Details and times TBC, but watch this space.
On June 21st 2000, Section 28 was repealed in Scotland, as one of rthte first acts of the newly devolved parliament.
Section 28 was the Thatcher-era law that said that a local authority
shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality" or "promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship.
This came in at the height of the AIDS crisis, and arguably, by sweeping LGBT people under the rug, the law set back LGBT rights by decades, and the lack of queer-incljusive sex education cost countless lives through the late 80s and 90s.
The law was repealed, but until recently, many classrooms still did not discuss LGBT issues. Recently, momentum in the LGBT rights movement has meant that queer-inclusive relationships and sex ed have made their way into some classrooms, but as of 2019, there is no element of queer health, history or family in any national curriculum.
Nevertheless, several schools around the country have chosen to include LGBT elements in their classrooms, whether as books such as “Mummy and mummy and me” in nursery, discussion of gender in citizenship classes, or inclusive sex ed. However, this has been met with resistance. In January of 2019, the No Outsiders programme (an inclusive teaching programme) was met by protests and threats to pull children out of school in Birmingham.
It is against this backdrop that we should reexamine section 28, and the effects of barring discussion of LGBT people in the classroom.
Though early in planning, I would like to coordinate a series of events around Glasgow, with sister events in towns and cities around Scotland. The purpose is to highlight the impacts of Section 28 now that we are 20 years after its repeal, and to point to the places where this mentality is beginning to creep back in.
This will be achieved with visits to classrooms, street stalls, information at education centres, and arts events in queer spaces, all under the banner of 20 after Section 28.
If you want to get involved, get in touch, send an email to email@example.com with the subject line 20 After Section 28.
Science can be a drag, but it doesn’t have to be.
This year, for LGBTSTEMday, why not get to know the queerest side of science, and perform your science through the arts of drag, cabaret, burlesque, dance, spoken word, or anything that floats your boat!
Work with our team of mentors to hone your idea, and help you to execute your set at its most polished.
If you want to pitch an idea, or want to help organise, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Science is a Drag”
Thank you to everybody who came along to SciCurious: Live! in 2019! It turned out to be a fun and enlightening evening!
If you missed out, worry not! You can listen to the episode in your podcast feed. You’ll hear the live discussion featuring:
I did my undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Edinburgh from 2004-2008 and then moved to the University of Aberdeen where I completed my PhD part-time whilst working as a research assistant on an NIH funded project investigating mathematical ability in deaf children. My PhD looked at models of lexical representation in language production and I still conduct language research on non-literal language such as idiomatic expressions and swearing. I am a teaching-focused lecturer and also conduct pedagogical research, in particular I am interested in how students can use lecture capture effectively and how it relates to learning more generally.
I’m originally from Zimbabwe, currently working as an early career researcher in Biomedical Engineering where my research interests are examining fluorescence quenching by DNA manipulated using surface acoustic waves. I also teach in the university tutoring laboratory courses and in disadvantaged schools as an outreach tutor.
Outside of research and work I enjoy real ale, drag, travelling, learning new languages, long walks on the beach, fried chicken and you know the rest!
I am Professor of Gravitational Astrophysics and Cosmology in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow, where I was first appointed a faculty member in 1998, and where I am currently Head of School.
I am a passionate enthusiast for public engagement in science and (until Oct 2012) was a Science in Society Fellow for the Science and Technology Facilities Council, leading an international programme of outreach with schools and the public entitled "Exploring the Dark Side of the Universe".
The MYTH. The LEGEND. The ICON.⭐️
Lawrence is a drag staple in Glasgow’s thriving scene. A regular at Mother Tucker at the Polo Lounge on Tuesday Nights, and featured on BBC Scotland’s “Mother Tuckers: Drag Queens of Glasgow.
Here’s a few pics from the night too! Image credit: Ellen Smith, Daniel O’Laughlin, Christopher Delaney