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Nature ‘Working Scientist’

The ISC is supporting a mini-series of the Nature ‘Working Scientist’ podcast dedicated to diversity in science – why it matters, and how to improve it.

Why does diversity in science matter?

In the first episode, ISC CEO Heide Hackmann and Anthony Bogues examine why diversity is so important for science in this episode of ‘Science Diversified’ (starting at 13:50). First up, we hear how schools outreach teams are challenging stereotypes about scientists.

How can diversity create better science?

In episode two of ‘Science Diversified’, we hear from Jayati Ghosh, Dan Inkoom and Simone Athayde about how diverse perspectives can advance scientific knowledge (starting at 15:20). At the start of the podcast, we hear about examples of interdisciplinary research and international collaboration in Japan.

Better science, better allies

In episode three of ‘Science Diversified’, we hear from Ineke Sluiter and Mary Robinson about practical steps to being better allies for women – and all under-represented groups – in science organizations and the science-policy sphere. First up, we hear from the men who say no to manels.

Gender, sexuality and representation in science

In this episode, we hear how important it is to be able to express the whole of your identity in a safe and welcoming environment, where you can see allies and other people who are like you. Huw Griffiths talks about initiatives to improve inclusion of LGBTQIA+ researchers in polar science, and Abhijit Majumder discusses the role of science organizations in fostering welcoming spaces, including through explicit statements of support. First up, we hear how sexual and gender identities can drive new perspectives on research.

Democratizing knowledge and access to tools for sustainable development

This episode looks at democratizing knowledge and tools for a more sustainable future, one that leaves no-one behind. Injairu Kulundu-Bolus talks about her work in decolonial youth futures, the ability of music to connect us, and the power of allowing young people to lead. And Hayden Dahmm discusses the use of data to inform sustainable development, as well as the importance of learning from the perspectives of communities. The first part of the episode explores roads less travelled to research careers.

Combatting racism in science systems

The final episode of the series looks at addressing systemic racism in science and science systems. Shirley Malcom and Adam Habib reflect on their long experience of working to tackle racism in higher education, exploring what works and what still needs to change, and Brittany Kamai shares her perspective on what we can all do to contribute to systemic change. Finally, ISC President Daya Reddy shares information on the ISC’s ongoing work on combatting discrimination. The first part of the episode discusses inspirational Black scientists, the pros and cons of diversity panels, and mentoring styles.

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ISC Presents is a podcast by the International Science Council. We discuss the challenges, stories, and celebrations of science while seeking to encourage international action on concerns to both science, and society. We look forward to listening with you.

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The ISC’s podcast series highlighting all aspects of diversity in science may contain material that some might find difficult to discuss, such as equality issues around gender, ethnicity, LGBTQI, and inclusion and disability access issues. The ISC recognizes that some of the podcasts may trigger painful memories or traumatic experiences for some of our listeners.

If a specific topic covered these podcasts raises a concern for you, please contact or your equality officer at your workplace. It is important that all members of our community contribute to a safe and positive workplace atmosphere as we explore the issues around diversity in science. It is the ISC’s hope that the topics covered in these podcasts contribute to making the positive changes we need in our science systems that reflect, celebrate, and empower all scientists in order to reach their full potential, and ultimately, contribute to the ISC’s vision of science as a global public good.

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