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GSE Opportunities: Diversity & inclusion events, Science & Engineering Fast Stream

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Diversity and inclusion within STEM: GSE conference 20th November

On Tuesday 20th November the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) in Newport, South Wales, will be hosting a GSE Conference on diversity and inclusion within STEM in the Civil Service.

The focus of the day will be recruitment and career development within STEM and how we as Government Organisations can appeal to a broader pool of candidates and enable them to fulfil their full potential throughout their careers.

There will be a video introduction by Dr. Patrick Vallance, the Government Chief Scientific Advisor, sessions on the benefits of inclusion from the private, public and academic sectors and an interactive panel discussion covering practical ways of improving recruitment.

We hope the day will also lead to more interaction between departments when it comes to sharing ideas and best practice on recruiting STEM specialists into the Civil Service. The conference will give you an opportunity to hear success stories and lessons learned, and to take away actions to help make a brilliant Civil Service by improving inclusion within STEM.

To register please visit our Eventbrite booking page.

For any questions please email Philip Lawrence and the other IPO GSE Champions at

Science and Engineering Fast Stream open for applications

Interested in applying your science and engineering training to diverse roles across government? Want to ensure the best science, engineering and technical advice informs policy? Then the Science and Engineering Fast Stream could be for you! Science and Engineering Fast Streamers take on roles in multiple government departments, and play an essential part in ensuring the best science and engineering informs policy.

Eligibility requirements include holding a doctorate or masters in a biological, physical, mathematical science or engineering subject. Applications are open externally, as well as to existing Civil Servants.

For more information visit the scheme’s webpage. Deadline 25 October.

Royal Society Diversity Conference 2018: Achieving diverse leadership in a research environment. 1st November

The Royal Society is committed to helping to build a world in which studying and working in science are open to all. This year’s conference will explore barriers to diverse leadership in STEM and how the research community can work together to overcome these.

Our 2018 conference brings you high-profile speakers from STEM academia and industry who will share their expertise in creating inclusive leadership teams and overcoming barriers to success. Highlights include Professor Michelle Ryan exploring why the precarious ‘glass cliff’ makes it harder for under-represented groups to achieve their leadership ambitions, and an afternoon address by Court of Appeal judge and Chairman of the Judicial College, Lady Justice Rafferty. Panel discussions will bring together experts from across AI, chemistry, engineering and other fields to discuss barriers to diverse leadership, such as gender pay gaps and research funding decisions. Our eminent speakers will also be sharing their views on how the scientific community can better support under-represented groups into leadership roles.

The conference will be of particular interest to the research community, scientists, diversity practitioners, learned academies and societies, professional bodies and policy-makers.

The event is free to attend and registration is essential. Please reserve your place here.

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