Nature ‘Working Scientist’

A Nature ‘Working Scientist’ podcast series featuring voices from the ISC’s network on the topic of diversity.

This series will highlight all aspects of diversity in science – asking why diversity matters, why diversity makes for better science, how to integrate diverse voices and different perspectives in research, and how to promote inclusion of less well represented or marginalized groups in science settings, including women, people of colour, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, and people who take a non-traditional route into science.​

It will ask what practical steps can be put in place to improve diversity in science workplaces and ways of working, and how organizations such as the ISC can be ‘better allies for better science’.​

Episode 1: Why does diversity in science matter?

Listen to episode one at the link above, and find the full transcript here.


Episode 2: How can diversity create better science?

Listen to episode two at the link above, and find the full transcript here. To see more of Jayati Ghosh, see the ISC’s Rethinking Economic Science in the Light of COVID and Future Crises

Episode 3: Better science, better allies

Listen to episode three at the link above, and find the full transcript here.



The ISC initiated this podcast series to further deepen discussions on broadening inclusion and access in scientific workplaces and science organizations, as part of our commitment to making science equitable and inclusive. The series highlights work being undertaken through different ISC programmes, projects and networks, and particularly ongoing initiatives on Combating systemic racism and other forms of discrimination, and on Gender equality in science.

Production of the ISC-led section of each podcast is overseen by a small group of experts on improving diversity in STEM settings, who provide editorial guidance to the project team from the ISC secretariat. They are:

  • Melody Brown Burkins, Member of the ISC Governing Board and Vice-Chair of the Committee for Outreach and Engagement; Associate Director for Programs and Research, John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding and Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies, Dartmouth College, USA
  • Abhijit Majumder, Member of the Global Young Academy (GYA) and GYA project co-lead, GYA Rainbow Incubator Group; Assistant Professor at Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay and Wellcome Trust-DBT India Alliance Early Career Fellow.
  • Vanessa Schweizer, Member of the Global Young Academy (GYA) and GYA project co-lead, Addressing systemic discrimination; Associate Professor of Knowledge Integration, University of Waterloo, Canada.
  • Michael Sulu, Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Biochemical Engineering and Co-Chair of the Race Equality Steering Group, University College London, UK; Member of The Inclusion Group for Equity in Research in STEMM (TIGERS) and STEM Lead, Leading Routes, UK.

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