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Astronaut Sally Ride, neuroscientist Ben Barres and mathematician Alan Turing were LGBTQ+, which undoubtedly affected their lives and careers. Today, representation of LGBTQ+ researchers has improved but challenges remain.

In the run-up to July’s London Pride, SRUK is organising our First LGBTQ+ in STEM session , chaired by Lorenzo de la Rica and Pablo Izquierdo, in order to give visibility to queer researchers and reflect on why it matters. We are delighted to welcome Dr Alfredo Carpineti (Pride in STEM) and Dr Javier Armentia (Ciencia LGTBIQ), who will offer their views on the current LGBTQ+ representation in the British and Spanish research communities. Additionally, we will have Dr Marta Román, group leader and researcher at Institut Hospital del Mar d’Investigacions Mèdiques (Barcelona), and trans rights activist who will share the current issues transgender researchers face in academia and elsewhere. Dr Alice Beckley , from Imperial College London will also share her experience.

Call for talks! If you identify as LGBTQ+ and would like to share your research work, your experience being LGBTQ+ in STEM, and why you think visibility matters, please drop us a line at [email protected] – we would love to hear all about it and make this a collaborative event. We have 10 minutes slots available!

We encourage everyone (whether they identify as LGBTQ+ or not, everyone is welcome!) to come and learn about the excellent work our LGBTQ+ colleagues are doing.

WHERE: B20 Jevons LT, Drayton House, UCL, 30 Gordon St, London WC1H 0AX
WHEN: Thursday 6th June 2019, 18:00 – 21:00H GMT


18:15 – 18:30 Registration
18:30 – 18:40 Welcome by the SRUK London Constituency
18:40 – 18:50 Introduction to LGBTQ+ representation in STEM. Lorenzo de la Rica and Pablo Izquierdo (Chairs and Organisers)
18:50 – 19:20 Dr Alfredo Carpineti (Pride in STEM).
19:20 – 19:50 Dr Javier Armentia (Ciencia LGTBIQ).
19:50 – 20:10 Dr Marta Román (Institut Hospital del Mar d’Investigacions Mèdiques (Barcelona))

20:10 – 20:30 Dr Alice Beckley (Imperial College London)
20:30 – Discussion and final remarks


Dr Alfredo Carpineti is an astrophysicist, journalist (IFLScience), science communicator, and social activist. He’s the chair and founder of Pride in STEM (, an award-nominated charity working to raise the profile and showcase the work of LGBTQ+ people working in STEM. He was one of the organisers of LGBTSTEM Day.
Twitter handle: @DrCarpineti @PrideinSTEM

Dr Javier Armentia is a Spanish asptrophysicyt and science communicator. He is the Director of the Planetarium of Pamplona. He is the creator of Ciencia LGTBIQ ( where he is starting to voice the necessity for more LGTBQ+ representation in Spanish science.
Twitter handle: @javierarmentia @cienciaLGTBIQ

The event is free to attend, however spaces are limited and registration is required.