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Promoting diversity


The Biochemical Society is committed to ensuring equal opportunities in the molecular biosciences. We believe that a lack of diversity across the scientific community represents a loss of potential talent to the UK.


Read our Diversity in the Science Sector position statement.


Grants and schemes

Grants and schemes


We award and support a number of grants intended to promote diversity in the molecular biosciences.


Promoting women in science


The Biochemical Society has a strong  history  of  working  in  the  area  of  women  in  science.    


Athena SWAN Biosciences Best Practice workshop 

The Society, working in partnership with the British Ecological Society, Microbiology Society, Society for Experimental Biology and Royal Society of Biology, ran the first Biosciences Athena SWAN Best Practice Workshop in Charles Darwin House on the 11 December 2015. 50 delegates attended the workshop to share best practice and make connections.

We have also produced a short video of the event highlighting some top tips from the speakers about applying for Athena SWAN awards and the benefits of attending event such as the Biosciences Athena SWAN workshop.  




Two blog posts written by the workshop attendees are available online:

"Five things I learned at the Athena SWAN bioscience event" by Rachel Adams, Cardiff Metropolitan University

"Tackling underrepresentaion of women in science" by Zenobia Lewis, University of Liverpool

The Equality Challenge Unit, who runs the Athena SWAN Awards, attended the event and has produced a top tips sheet.