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.

Some of the ways in which we promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Grants and Bursaries

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.

Events Code of Conduct

The Biochemical Society is dedicated to providing a harassment-free and welcoming experience for everyone attending their events.

Athena SWAN Biosciences Best Practice workshop

The Society, working in partnership with the Royal Society of Biology, British Pharmacological Society, The Physiological Society, the Society for Applied Microbiology and the Equality Challenge unit held the second Biosciences Athena SWAN Best Practice Workshop in Charles Darwin House on the 7 March 2018. 50 delegates attended the workshop to share best practice for Athena SWAN applications, discuss ways to promote diversity across university departments and make connections.

The event was live streamed and individual speaker sessions and interviews with delegates are available to watch on the Royal Society of Biology’s Youtube channel. 

This event followed a successful first workshop held in 2015. Following the 2015 workshop we 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.

Blog posts written by those workshop attendees can be found below.


Top tips for an Athena SWAN application‘ by Eleanor Smart, Royal Society of Biology

‘Athena SWAN applications: Turning data into action’by Dr Pat Goodwin


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