In parallel to outputting cutting edge biotribology and medical device research, BioTrib celebrates diversity within our worldwide community by endeavoring to use the resources and influence of BioTrib to advocate for and educate towards equality in STEM. In line with the Horizon 2020 Promoting Gender Equality in Research and Innovation strategy BioTrib aims to improve the visibility of women in STEM by showcasing the top talent within BioTrib by hosting events, workshops, and engagement activities to educate and boost gender equality in R&I.
Inequality and equal representation in STEM is a vastly complex landscape with much progress to still be made – but we are heading in the right direction! This section of the website serves to educate on the current state of discrimination within STEM. Following the recruitment of Early Stage Researchers, BioTrib will set in motion a dedicated Gender Opportunities Committee to critically identify how BioTrib can best use its network and community to improve inclusivity in STEM as well as engineering research.
Striving for proportionate gender balance in STEM and R&I
Women in STEM are still vastly underrepresented in senior academic positions. Gender disparity grows as research careers progress, only one third of EU researchers are women with less than one quarter in top academic positions [European Commission 2020].
Improving access and reducing disparity of BAME academic progression
Ethnicity STEM data [RSC, 2020] highlights consistent disparity in BAME degree completion rates, and outcomes, along with reduced retention and career progression in STEM. Presently STEM ethnic minority staff are much less likely to hold senior posts and contracts.
LGBT+ in STEM
Cultivating LGBT+ openness and inclusive enterprise in STEM
It is estimated LGBT people are approximately 20% less represented in STEM fields than expected [Cech, 2017]. With nearly 28% of LGBT and 50% of trans staff at least once considering leaving the workplace due to climate or discrimination [RSC, IOP 2019].