Outstanding Event Award

Equal in STEM
BEaMS: Black, Ethnic and Minority Scientists, oSTEM:Out in STEM and WISE: Women in Science and Engineering Society


Equal in STEM was the first event of its kind that brought together three different diversity societies and the intersecting communities of women, LGBTQ+ and black and minority ethnic people in STEM, to connect and support each other. The conference consisted of four panels discussing core barriers in STEM centring on mental health, expectations of role models, parenthood, and advocacy and allyship. Speakers provided a cross-section of industry, academia, students and professionals bringing together multiple backgrounds, perspectives and experiences. Not only did this disseminate a wide range of viewpoints but it inspired the nearly 200 attendees, including local sixth formers. Together, they explored multiple real barriers with real examples and provided real discussion on hardships and reform. The challenges tackled by the panellists in their working lives was really eye-opening, highlighting the need for more events like this. Equal in STEM also brought together professionals and students on an unprecedented scale with attendees having frank discussions on how to support one another. Every member of the audience was involved thanks to the use of technology to anonymise questions and instil confidence in those who would not normally raise their hand. Equal in STEM was uniquely open and honest, hard-hitting and inspiring, in a comfortable and professional environment. Never before have the EPS societies brought together so many diverse people with the sole focus of making STEM better for everyone.

Organisers Avery, Beth and Mira say

“Equal in STEM winning this award is such a wonderful celebration in recognition of what we achieved with this event. It was an amazing experience to bring the three equality, diversity and inclusion societies within the College together and we hope that by winning we can continue to provide a platform for those often overlooked voices in STEM.”