Future Events

All of our events are currently on zoom.Β  Recently we have had a number of people reach out asking if we will be recording an upcoming session. We do not record any of our events. Our motivation for not recording our events is that we want to create an open forum for discussion without compromising how we express ourselves for fear of a recording being publicly available.

We are pleased to announce that we are hosting fortnightly shut-up-and write sessions. To find out more about the shut-up-and-write sessions continue reading here. To see our calendar for upcoming writing sessions see out shut-up-and-write calendar here.


Thursday 15 October 2020

Theme: Online film screening – Picture a Scientist

Time: The film screening will take place between 15:00-16:33 and a discussion about the film from 16:45-17:30.

Raychelle Burks, a chemist at American University, discusses gender bias and racial discrimination in the new independent film Picture a Scientist. Credit: Uprising LLC

Picture a Scientist is a a film by Ian Cheney & Sharon Shattuck. This film is a must see for all scientists to share in the experiences of women in STEM,Β  get new insights into the challenges for women doing field work, and the everyday sexism that can exist within academic institutions.

Picture a Scientist brings diversity in science into sharp view at a critical time. The film paints a nuanced, emotional but unflinching portrait of the struggles women in science have faced, in recent decades up to today. The film challenges audiences of all backgrounds and genders to question their own implicit biases and move toward change.

Click here to watch a trailer for the film.

To participate in the film screening, we ask that everyone sign-up on our eventbrite page. A few days before the screening, everyone will be emailed a link with instructions on how watch the film online. We encourage everyone to watch the film with us during the screening at 15:00 and participate in the discussion that follows. If you can not make the screening time, the film can be seen online for a 72 hour window.

We are grateful to the Global Systems Institute for purchasing the rights for this screen event.

Friday 06 November 2020

Theme: Diversity in Science Communication

Time: 15:00-16:30

Often when climate science is discussed in the media, men are quoted much more often than women, and there are few women regularly quoted in UK media about climate change. This reinforces the impression to the public that climate scientists are largely middle class, white men. It is important in general to increase diversity in science, but it would also be great to make our media representation more diverse, which will help prevent reinforcement of the lack of diversity. What barriers do we face in this? Do women have more barriers in getting involved with the media? Some suggested barriers may include: adequate seniority to feel comfortable to talk in public, confidence, time required for preparation, potential for attack on social media. Do we have lots of women in junior science communication roles and, if so, how can we make sure we capitalise on that and pull through this talent to ensure we get women featured by the media when science is discussed?

We will be joined for this discussion by Professor Peter Stott, an experience climate communicator at the University of Exeter and Met Office, and who is a champion for helping improve diversity in science communication, and Met Office climate communicator Ayesha Tandon, who graduated from the University of Exeter in 2019.

Friday 04 December 2020

Theme: Meet the Deans

Time: 16:00-17:00

We are delighted that the Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of CEMPS Professor Zhongdong Wang andΒ the Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of CLES Professor Dan Charman have agreed to a join us in December. This event will be an opportunity to share your experiences within CEMPS and CLES, ask questions about the future of the Colleges, and share your experiences with our senior management staff. In our September meeting with Carol Rosati OBE, she highlighted that we should know our senior management and have opportunities to express concerns or highlight areas we feel there is need to improve. This is an excellent opportunity for an informal meet and greet. We welcome everyone to join us.