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June 2022 Newsletter (Issue 9)

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An Appeal to Support Ukrainian Scientists  If your lab or research group can support a displaced Ukrainian scientist, please fill in the form for global research groups with opportunities for Ukrainian Scientists.  Current labs/groups supporting Ukrainians are listed on this table. Please help spread the word If you aren't in a position to offer an opportunity, you can still help get the information to those who need it. Please consider tweeting or otherwise circulating the following: ENGLISH The global community has created a continuously updated list ( of laboratories that can host Ukrainian scientists at all career levels. UKRAINIAN Наукове суспільство створило постійно відновлюємий список лабораторій (, які можуть прийняти українських вчених (включаючи аспірантів). RUSSIAN Научное сообщество создало постоянно обновляемый список лабораторий (, которые могут принять украинских ученых (включая аспирантов).

IRC News

  • A very big THANK YOU! to everyone who attended our Inclusive Research Practice series of workshops. After a restful weekend, we are now busy preparing our next, and expanded, inclusive research workshop series, funded by Research England. More details to follow soon! In the meantime, scroll down to find out about our next exciting event on June 29th!
  • We celebrate and congratulate Lara on the news of her Highly Commended Outstanding Contribution to Widening Participation, Diversity, and Inclusion in STEM award, recently given at the STEM Learning UK Impact Award ceremony. Lara impressed the judges with her constant drive to engage with young people, introduce and enthuse them to STEM subjects, ensure young people from all backgrounds know that Higher Education is accessible to them, mentor young people, and support them through their education. Congratulations Lara!

Upcoming Events

Upcoming IRC event

Combatting the Weaponization of Science By Right-wing Extremists

Jun 29, 2022 03:00 PM BST
Dr Jedidiah Carlson will be giving a talk about the appropriation and integration of genetics research into white supremacist ideologies. The talk will draw on issues of unintentional wider impacts of research and exemplifies the ways in which science research has been used both historically and in the present day to uphold or justify discriminatory and incredibly harmful ideologies.
Meeting Registration - Zoom
We want you!

Do you have an idea for a workshop addressing issues of inclusion in research practice or environment? The IRC has funding to organise events and we want to hear what matters to you & work with you. Get in touch at

Migration Mobilities Bristol Event - Are immigration controls racist?

A public lecture by Professor Nandita Sharma on racism, nationalist ideologies and the creation of controls over cross-border movement.
Book here! Are Immigration Controls Racist? Lessons from History Tickets, Wed 29 Jun 2022 at 18:00 | Eventbrite

Universities and Professional Bodies Working in Partnership to Decolonise the STEM Curriculum – 6th July 2022: 10-4pm (online).

Supported by the Heads of University Biosciences (HUBS) and the University of Leeds.

Book here, registration deadline 23rd June Decolonising the STEM curriculum Registration, Wed, Jul 6, 2022 at 10:00 AM | Eventbrite

(Un)Safe to be Me? Exploring Rights & Lived Experiences of LGBTI people, UK

An event organised by Human Rights Implementation Centre (University of Bristol) and Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Technologies and Health (University of Sussex)
Book here! (Un)Safe to be Me? Exploring Rights & Lived Experiences of LGBTI people, UK Tickets, Thu 9 Jun 2022 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

NC3Rs: National Centre for the Replacement Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research 

The MRC will soon expect both sexes of animals, tissues and cells to be used as default in all research proposals. NC3Rs and MRC are hosting a webinar on July 21st to give advice on how to prepare for this change. For more information please go to NC3Rs/MRC joint webinar: using both sexes in animal experiments | NC3Rs

BME Early Career Researcher Conference - Making the invisible visible

The 6th BME Early Career Researcher conference will be taking place at the University of West London, hosted by Dr. Bernadine Idowu-Onibokun and featuring keynote speakers Professor Lez Henry and Professor Funmi Olonisakin. The conference will be held online and in-person at the University of West London on 7th July at 8:30am - 6:00pm. Registration is free via Eventbrite. 

Babraham Institute event. This Is My Life - Surviving academia as a Black woman in Britain

Tomi Akingbade, Founder of the Black Women in Science Network, will be speaking on her experiences as a Black woman pursuing an academic career, the lessons she has learnt, and the steps we can take towards becoming a more equitable community. The talk will be held online via Zoom on 24th June at 1:30 - 2:30 pm. There is no registration required and it is free to attend - joining instructions are available at the link below.

This Is My Life, surviving academia as a Black woman in Britain | Babraham Institute

Black in Cancer Conference 2022
10-11 October 2022, London
A collaboration between Cancer Research UK and Black in Cancer, this inaugural event will bring together scientists from across the globe to celebrate, collaborate and showcase Black excellence in cancer research and medicine.

This event is relevant for all academics and scientists across the research pipeline, and in all career stages. There will be ample time throughout the conference to network with peers, view posters and continue thought-provoking conversations outside of the agenda. Join us and be part of the conversation for change! 
Black in Cancer Conference 2022 10-11 October 2022, London (

Upcoming opportunities

Funding opportunity- UKRI AHRC Research partnerships with indigenous researchers
Apply for funding to allow for equitable collaboration between indigenous and non-indigenous researchers and communities.

You must be based at an organisation eligible for UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funding.

Proposals can focus on a number of themes, including:

  • gender, inequalities and rights
  • languages
  • community and civic discourse
  • intergenerational justice
  • climate and food security.

Articles of Interest

Content related to inclusion in scientific practice


Diversity and Inclusion Survey (DAISY) question guidance update

This updated guide for 2022, developed in collaboration between EDIS and Wellcome, gives recommendations when asking diversity questions. It includes suggestions for questions you could ask and why you might choose to ask them in certain ways. This replaces the DAISY Guidance V1 published in January 2020.
Diversity and Inclusion Survey (DAISY) Question Guidance (V2) - EDIS (


BSI Diversity and Inclusion Framework published

The British Society for Immunology Diversity & Inclusion framework outlines a commitment to how the BSI are going to work with our members and community to ramp up our equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) work and respond to members’ needs. 

Embedding EDI in all BSI activities is one of the cornerstones of our five-year strategic plan to drive scientific discovery and to make a positive impact on health. Our aim is to foster a culture within immunology that ensures fair treatment and opportunity for all.

Read more here BSI Diversity & Inclusion framework | British Society for Immunology

Nature Portfolio journals to encourage sex and gender reporting in submitted research

Nature has announced that researchers who submit papers to a subset of Nature Portfolio journals will now be prompted to state whether and how sex and gender have been considered in their study design, or to indicate that no sex and gender analyses were carried out, and clarify why. You can read the updated ethics guidelines on the Nature website here.

AstraZeneca conducts major review of diversity in clinical trials

David Frederickson, Head of Oncology at AstraZeneca, has announced that AstraZeneca is undertaking a major review of their clinical trials past and present to understand how they have reflected patient diversity. Speaking to The Guardian, he stated that AstraZeneca will be applying an "equity lens" to every phase of medicines' life cycle. A particular focus will be on the exclusion of pregnant women from clinical trials after low COVID-19 vaccine uptake from this population group. AstraZeneca reviews diversity in trials to ensure drugs work for all | AstraZeneca | The Guardian

Structural Racism in Neuroimaging: Perspectives and Solutions

A new article in The Lancet Psychiatry by Termara C Parker and Jocelyn A Ricard has recommended "the creation of novel neuroimaging systems that reliably record neural signals from Black participants with protective hairstyles (eg, braids and twists) and coarse natural hair." The article states that Black participants in neuroimaging studies have been systemically excluded based on their hair styles and textures and, among other recommendations, suggests alterations to scalp optodes and electrodes as an anti-racist measure. Structural racism in neuroimaging: perspectives and solutions - ScienceDirect

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