Department of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

#DiverseSTEM: A Global Effort

#DiverseSTEM: A Global Effort

Leading scientific presses around the world have set aside their usual competitive priorities and agreed to simultaneously publish an article outlining how the scientific community can nurture values of equity, diversity, and inclusion. The article succinctly drafts the key limitations of maintaining the systemic inequality of the status quo and outlines how we should all be part of this transformation.
In June 2020, a team of talented, outspoken, diverse scientists from more than 30 institutions worldwide prepared a joint, positive, forward-looking declaration of what "home" in science should look like. The team included leading academics, students, and a Nobel laureate. The article "A diverse view of science to catalyse change" is co-published in: Nature Chemistry, Chemical Science , Journal of the American Chemical Society, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Canadian Journal of Chemistry, Croatica Chemica Acta and the World Economic Forum. The accompanying Nature Q&A "Diverse Views in Science" is accessible.
According to Dr Michael Bojdys, a contributor, the willingness of the publishing bodies to come together spoke both to the universal nature of the issues at stake and to the fact that the paper was bound to generate significant attention.
The significance and value of this contribution warranted an ongoing Nature community blog that will invite participants from around the world to continue chiming in on these themes. "Diversity makes it possible to do things that you could not conceive of otherwise," added Sir Fraser Stoddart, co-author and Nobel Laureate 2016, "I know it works."
Dr Martine Abboud, a Junior Research Fellow in Chemical Biology at Oxford Chemistry, is one of the contributors to the article.
Figure credit: Andy Brunning/Compound Interest
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