A network for LGBTQ+ scientists in Ireland

Hello! Welcome to House of STEM, a new community-led initiative to improve LGBTQ+ support, visibility and representation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and STEM-related fields in Ireland.

LGBTQ+ people are a hidden minority in STEM in Ireland. There is a lack of data on the Irish experience, and there are no national initiatives to provide support or resources to LGBTQ+ scientists in Ireland.

We are working to change that.

For the past few months, we have been developing a diversity and inclusion strategy with input and support from key national science organisations. Now, we are assembling a network of LGBTQ+ scientists to help us refine, develop and implement that strategy.

There are two main ways you can get involved:

Join the network discussion:

Contribute to conversations about the strategy, get involved in projects and initiatives, and meet other LGBTQ+ people working in STEM in Ireland. To find out how you can join the conversation, please fill out the contact form.

Subscribe to the mailing:

Receive monthly emails with updates from the network, announcements of events and initiatives, and links to useful resources. We will be launching the mailing in the next few months, and you can subscribe here.

Our goal is to create an informal network of LGBTQ scientists and science communicators. As well as creating a supportive community, the network will engage with national and international groups, and coordinate closely with existing European channels and initiatives.

We believe that science communicators and people who work in public engagement belong on the front line of diversity issues in STEM. We are the ones who can start uncomfortable conversations, introduce new narratives, and create a platform for more diverse voices in science.

We hope that this network will become a resource for local LGBTQ STEM issues or initiatives, and we will work together on national campaigns, events, and policies as the movement progresses.