The first meeting of the LGBT+ physicists’ and astronomers’ network took place in March 2016. This was an opportunity for members from both the Institute of Physics and RAS to share their thoughts about the support that professional membership organisations could offer, and their experiences of current good practice with regard to successful LGBT+ networks in their places of work and study.
The network has recently been expanded to include those working in chemical sciences and the RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry). The current steering group for the network includes representatives from IOP, RAS, RSC, SEPnet and Stonewall, as well as those that promoted and contributed to the initial meeting, are keen to take forward many of the suggested actions. Facilitating and helping to connect the LGBT+ physical sciences community is a first step.
We will continue to connect with other established STEMM LGBT+ networks and encourage those who have registered their interest to keep us updated on news and events that we can share with the network.There is a form, found here, to register your interest in the network and receive updates, this is open to allies as well as those in STEMM beyond the fields of physics and astronomy, all we ask is that you indicate your field. Alternatively contact LGBTPhysAstro@iop.org for more information.
As part of the RAS's commitment to the network we have been proud sponsors of the LGBT+ STEMinar since it has been running, and will be co-hosting the LGBT+ STEMinar 2019 with the physical sciences network.
In addition, the RAS can offer travel bursaries for RAS Fellows that wish to attend the LGBT+ STEMinar but who may require some assistance with the costs of travel. Please get in touch with the Education, Outreach and Diversity officer at the RAS for more information.
LGBT+ physical sciences climate survey
The network is running a survey in 2019, which will be the first UK and Ireland survey of the working, teaching and studying climate for LGBT+ physicists, astronomers and chemists, and those in related sciences. It is open to those who identify as LGBT+ or allies, and who are working, teaching or studying in physical sciences.
To complete the survey click here.