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Professor Athene Donald: Equality and Diversity Activities


Since 2007, when I took up the role of Director of of WiSETI, the University's Women in Science, Engineering and Technology Initiative, I have been extensively involved in diversity issues. Until October 2014 I continued in this role and from 2010-14 I was also the University's Gender Equality Champion and sat on the University's Council, and the Equality and Diversity Committee.

Outside the University I have served on the Royal Society's Equality and Diversity Advisory Network (EDAN) from 2009-13. I also served on the ERC's Working Group on Gender Balance and the Diversity Steering Group for BEIS.

I was a previous chair of the Athena Forum from 2009-13.

I feature in the Royal Society's booklet Parent, Carer, Scientist about the many ways caring responsibilities can be combined with a scientific career.

Awards and Talks

I was awarded the L'Oreal UNESCO for Women in Science award for Europe for 2009 as described here . Further details on the 2009 laureates can be found here. I have served on both the UK Fellowship and International Laureate juries for the For Women in Science scheme, chairing the former in 2011-12.

I was a recipient of one of the UKRC's 2011 Women of Outstanding Achievement Awards ( Lifetime Achievement Award).

In 2013 I was one of the winners of the MRC Suffrage Science Awards.

I have given numerous talks around diversity issues. The text of a talk I gave on Gender and Science in Academia- Obstacles and Interventions to the Oesterreichische Forschungsgemeinschaft Day on Science and Gender in October 2010. A draft of this paper can be found here.

I am frequently asked to talk about gender in science at many different sorts of events. For instance a video of a talk I gave at the 2011 HowtheLightGetsIn Hay Philosophy Festival can be found here and a video of a talk I gave to WiSET at the University of Southampton for their Annual Campbell Lecture can be found here. I have recently talked in schools, university and Government meetings about the issues for women in science, and have taken part in numerous debates.

Many of my blogposts (at my various blogsites) deal with issues around diversity issues, particularly unconscious bias. A podcast with Uta Frith at the Nature website discusses this and related issues.


Last updated August 2019