The Biochemical Society wants to reaffirm its commitment to the promotion of equality and diversity in the life science sector. It is especially concerned about the promotion of careers for women in science, but also believes in full integration and opportunities, irrespective of a person's race, class, sexuality, beliefs or innate ability. The Society believes that science, and indeed all human efforts, benefit from diverse inputs, and that everyone loses by disfavouring specific groups. Hence, the Society dissociates itself from the reported recent comments of Sir Tim Hunt, during his visit to South Korea. The Society recognises and espouses the right to free speech and the expression of diverse points of view, but this right comes with the proviso of responsible use, and the ensuing right to free debate.
Steve Busby - Chair, Biochemical Society and Anne Dell – Vice-Chair, Biochemical Society