This is a copy of House of STEM mailing 1 (02.02.18). You can subscribe here.
We’re back with a new name and lots of plans for events and campaigns to improve support for and visibility of LGBTQ+ scientists in Ireland. There are lots of opportunities to get involved, so drop us a message if you’d like to help out.
—Shaun O’Boyle (House of STEM Founder)
Introducing ‘House of STEM’
We’ve had a bit of a makeover since our last mailing. In January, our friends at the Institute of Physics were presenting a poster at LGBTSTEMinar 2018 about groups and organisations for LGBTQ+ people in STEM. They were kind enough to include us on it, and so we needed a catchier name (thanks Maurice!). For us, House of STEM is a safe, community-led space that honours our queer culture and history. We have lots of exciting plans for 2018, and we’re looking forward to sharing them with you in the coming weeks. For info on how you can get involved, visit houseofstem.org.
Out Thinkers is Coming to Dublin
We’re teaming up with Pride in STEM to bring Out Thinkers to Ireland for the first time. Out Thinkers is a fantastic event series, where LGBT+ scientists give talks about their work and experiences in STEM. Science Gallery Dublin will be hosting the event on May the 4th* and tickets will be available soon, but we’re still recruiting speakers! If you’re interested in taking part, get in touch.
[*Bonus Feature: Star Wars Day]
LGBT+ Physical Sciences Climate Survey
We want to let you know about this event in London on March 1st to celebrate the launch of the LGBT+ physical sciences survey. This is the first UK and Ireland survey of the working, teaching and studying climate for LGBT+ physicists, astronomers and chemists and those in related sciences. Our own Niamh Kavanagh will be speaking at the event, and this survey will be an important step in creating safer and more supportive work and study environments for LGBTQ+ scientists. You can register to attend here.
Reading is Fundamental
In this edition of ‘Reading is Fundamental’, we recommend reading through #LGBTscience on Twitter. It was started by Robin Hayward on @biotweeps this week, and it’s a fantastic international roll call of LGBTQ+ people working across all areas of STEM. While you’re there, you should also check out the tweets from #LGBTSTEMinar18, the awesome annual conference for LGBTQ+ scientists that took place in January.
The picture at the top of this email from this great new sticker by ErrantScience.