What can press officers learn from unconscious bias?
25 October 2017
We should all strive for a society producing excellent science wherever and by whomever it is done. A diverse and more inclusive scientist workforce means we can draw ideas from the widest range of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences and maximise innovation and creativity in science for the benefit of all.
There are reasons to be optimistic. Organisations are increasingly committed to increasing diversity in STEM by seeking out participation from underrepresented groups.
Academic research is also providing new insights into where these issues stem from. The impact of unconscious bias, where, our brains make incredibly quick judgments and assessments of people and situations without us realising, is one of these areas. We always strive to be fair but what can we do when unconscious bias creeps in? As science press officers, do we recognise our own biases? Some studies show that just reading about unconscious bias increased people's willingness to acknowledge their own susceptibility to bias.
Join us for an hour-long panel discussion on these issues and find out what impact you can make as a science press officer.
Lenna Cumberbatch, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Lynn Huynh, Communications Manager at the Wellcome Trust
EC1R 0EG (upstairs in the Apollo room)
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