House of STEM is a network of LGBTQ+ people working in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) in Ireland. We created this network to give a stronger voice to LGBTQ+ scientists here in Ireland, and to collaborate with international groups who are working to improve the experiences of our community.

What we do

As a small community-led initiative, we’re keeping it pretty simple.

  • We produce a monthly mailing to share news, resources, and opportunities.
  • We organise events to improve the visibility of LGBTQ+ scientists.
  • We contribute to events and conversations about diversity in STEM.
  • We collaborate with similar national and international groups.

Why we do it

LGBTQ+ people are a hidden minority in STEM in Ireland. We have no data on our experiences, but we know from international research that our community faces significant challenges. These challenges can often lead to people hiding their LGBTQ+ identity at work, which can have a negative impact on mental health, well-being and career. Conversely, improving diversity and representation of underrepresented minorities in STEM improved the workplace environment for everyone, and improves the quality of scientific research.

Who we are

House of STEM was founded by Dr Shaun O’Boyle and the network’s activities are driven by a small but amazing group of LGBTQ+ scientists and science communicators from different areas on the island of Ireland.

How you can get involved

If you’ve subscribed to our monthly mailing, you’re already part of the network. If you’d like to have a more active role, we’d love to hear from you. If you’d like to help us develop events and campaigns, contact us about joining our Slack group.