We have various resources to allow you to improve D&I in your own work here.
Equity vs Equality
Equity and equality are two approaches used to try to create fairness. Equality means each individual or group of people is given the same resources or opportunities. While the term equity may sound similar, equity recognises that each person has different circumstances and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome.
In the illustration below, three individuals have unequal access to a system — in this case, the fence which provides a barrier to the view. With equal support from evenly distributed tools, their access to the view still remains unequal. The equitable solution, however, allocates the exact resources that each person needs to access the view, leading to positive outcomes for all individuals.
“The route to achieving equity will not be accomplished through treating everyone equally. It will be achieved by treating everyone justly according to their circumstances.”
—Paula Dressel, Race Matters Institute 1
The Impact of EDIS: Working with Publishers for Change
To highlight how we have worked with EDIS to develop inclusive name change policies for publishers - we have included an article below which featured in our December Edition of the Microbiologist Magazine.
The EDIS guide is available online for any publishers: https://edisgroup.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Inclusive-name-change-policy-v2.pdf
Athena SWAN Biosciences Best Practice workshop
The Society, working in partnership with the Royal Society of Biology, British Pharmacological Society, The Biochemical Society, The Physiological Society and the Equality Challenge unit held the second Biosciences Athena SWAN Best Practice Workshop on the 7 March 2018 to discuss ways to promote diversity across university departments and make connections. The workshop is available to watch on the Royal Society of Biology’s Youtube channel.
Dyslexia Style Guide: Creating Dyslexia Friendly Content
To promote inclusive education across STEM, we have included the British Dyslexia Association Dyslexia Style Guide. The style guide provides principles that can help ensure that written material considers the difficulties experienced by some dyslexic people and allows for the use of text to speech to facilitate ease of reading.
Using Open Researcher and Contributor IDs (ORCID)
Being cited and having one's work published plays an important role in researchers' careers. However, when a member undergoes a name change, such as for transition, marriage, or religious purposes, journals can often struggle to update all researcher's past records with the changed name.
This has resulted in harmful consequences such as dead naming (referring to someone who is transgender by the name they used before they transitioned), discrimination, or not attributing all of an author's work to them.
ORCID numbers provide international unique identifiers for researchers to link all their professional activities. Using an ORCID number not only ensures that researchers are connected to all their contributions and affiliations across journals, but also, ensures that their personal characteristics are protected as they solely rely on the unique identifier. You can find out more about ORCID numbers here - https://support.orcid.org/hc/en-us.
SfAM members are encouraged to use their ORCID numbers and that of fellow researchers in their citation practices.
The Daphne Jackson Trust is the UK's leading organisation dedicated to realising the potential of returners to research in the areas of STEM, social sciences and related disciplines following a career break. The trust works in partnership with universities, research councils, learned societies, charities and industry, to support STEM professionals wishing to return to a research career after a break of two or more years, taken for family, caring or health reasons.
The STEMM Disability Advisory Committee (STEMM-DAC) was founded at the STEMM Disability Committee. Its members recognise the value of speaking with a clear authoritative voice on the inclusion of disabled people in STEMM education and employment.
MIND is a mental health charity who provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. MIND campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
WISE is a community interest company which enables and energises people in business, industry and education to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Stonewall is a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights charity in the United Kingdom. Stonewall aims to work with institutions to create inclusive and accepting cultures, to ensure institutions understand and value the huge benefits brought to them by LGBT people, and to empower institutions as advocates and agents of positive change
Pride in STEM is a charitable trust run by an independent group of LGBT+ scientists and engineers from around the world. Pride in STEM works to highlight issues as well as strategies to delivery intersectional change to STEM disciplines.
Race and Ethnicity
BBSTEM is an organisation campaigning for balance and representation of Black individuals in science, technology, engineering and maths. BBSTEM aims to encourage, enable and energise individuals in business, industry and education to widen participation, contribution of Black individuals in STEM.