What works to support greater equality, diversity and inclusivity in STEM and beyond?
Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Swansea University and Vice President of the prestigious Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS)
The talk will draw on many practical examples from across the UK and Australia of what works to support changing the culture in universities to be much more inclusive, to give women greater visibility/participation and more women into leadership roles. The benefits of the UK Athena SWAN scheme will be discussed and the various adaptations of the scheme for other countries too.
Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott is the Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor and a member of the Senior Management team at Swansea University, leading for Research and Innovation and Strategic Development.
Prof. Lappin-Scott was elected Vice President of the prestigious Federation of European Microbiological Society (FEMS) in 2016, having held the Presidencies of both the Society for General Microbiology (now Microbiology Society) 2009-2012, and the International Society for Microbial Ecology (2006-2010). She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, the Royal Society of Biology, the Linnean Society and also of the European Academy of Microbiology.
Professor Lappin-Scott is also Swansea University’s lead for the Equality and Diversity agenda for Athena SWAN and has ensured that every STEM subject has at least a Bronze award. She is an elected Board member of the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU). Her recent work on promoting girls in science and retaining women in STEM careers include her TedTalk . She advises Australian universities and research institutes on best practice on supporting women in STEM and is co-author of the Welsh Government Report “Talented Women for a Successful Wales”. Professor Lappin-Scott was awarded the prestigious WISE Hero Award 2016 and was recently awarded the Womenspire ‘STEM Pioneer’ Award 2017 for her work in supporting women in STEM.
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