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April 2022 Newsletter (Issue 7)

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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

  • Bristol staff and PGs can now book onto our inclusive research practice modules (UoB only), offered via Develop. Search for 'inclusive' in the catalogue and choose any (or all!) of the Inclusive Research Process sessions. Dates: 28th April - Reflexivity for Researchers; 5 May - Study Design to Communicating Research; and 12 May - Wider Impacts of Our Research.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday 27 April - The focus of the next discussion by The Learning Forum is LGBT+ History. Please contact to join. All welcome!

Creative Tuition Collective are running their Decolonising Science workshops as part of their anti-colonialisation work. Interested? Contact for more information. 

For University of Bristol staff and students, the Faculty of Life Sciences invites you to a LGBTQ+ coffee morning. Open to all members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies. Pop in any time between 10am and 12pm on the 3rd of May for a cuppa, biscuit and chat!
Is Doing A Postdoc “A Bad Life Choice” ? No! So What Stops Some People Doing Them? 
A Workshop on postdoc Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
Wednesday 4th May 4-6pm Skylounge, Life Sciences Building  
Open to all, please register:

In this event, we will explore how postdoc jobs produce obstacles to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). We will hear about current sociological research on Higher Education in the UK and elsewhere, and discuss how migration and precarity intersect with identity and mental health to produce a knotty problem in the leaky pipeline. We'll use this discussion to generate ideas to help Pathway 2 researchers overcome postdoc challenges at Bristol and help the faculty better integrate the ever-changing postdoctoral community within the Faculty of Life Sciences. We will attempt to understand how Bristol can reduce the detrimental impact of postdoctoral employment on EDI and benefit more from postdoc expertise, both while postdocs are in Bristol and also by retaining their expertise and a long-term connection with them once they move into other employment. 
Dr Barbara Read (Reader in Gender and Social Inequalities, University of Glasgow). Gender and Precarious Employment in Higher Education: what are the issues? Dr Furaha Asani (Research Lead, Watershed / Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol). Visas and Vulnerability: the personal and political in short term contracts
We invite all those who work as postdocs, work with postdocs, intend to work as postdocs or who manage early career researchers to join the talks and participate in the workshop.
Do you know any budding young artists or scientists? The Art of Science competition is back, with prizes to be won! Ages from 4-16 years. Upload the artwork here Art of Science 2022

Articles of Interest

Content related to inclusion in scientific practice

Researchfish was originally set up in 2008 as a project by the Medical Research Council (MRC) to assist with MRC data gathering, research tracking and measurement of grant impacts. Replies to an innocent tweet from Professor Chris Jackson led to online threats from the research-tracking system to report UK researchers to funders. Read more here:
Researchfish accused of ‘intimidating’ academics - Research Professional News

Sophie Litherland, writer and scientist has written an article about gender transition. Read more here: It’s Never Too Late to Explore Your Gender. Here's How (

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