Where Are the LGBT Scientists? Does it Matter?
Wednesday 5 March 2014, 5pm - Gossage Lecture Theatre, Chemistry Building, University of Liverpool.
This public lecture is by Dave Smith, Professor of Chemistry at University of York, where he carries out fundamental research in the field of smart nanomaterials and nanomedicines. He has always been heavily involved in chemical education, and as well as university teaching, has given outreach lectures to >30,000 UK school students, and developed his own YouTube chemistry channel, with around 400,000 views.
Dave has been recognised for excellence both in research and teaching, having received the Corday Morgan Award in 2012 from The Royal Society of Chemistry and a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy in 2013.
In recent times, as a gay scientist, Dave has explored issues surrounding the representation, identity and experiences of LGBT scientists. Through YouTube and Twitter, Dave has been working to raise the consciousness of the broader scientific community about these issues.
In the lecture and discussion, Dave will consider research and teaching in science, as well as the scientific environment. He aims to ask and answer the following questions:
- On searching for LGBT scientists, there don’t seem to be any living examples - why?
- Does it actually matter? After all, we are scientists – is our personal life relevant?
- What has the LGBT community done for science – and vice versa?
- What effect can role models have, and what does it mean to be an LGBT scientist?
This event is sponsored by the School of Physical Sciences, University of Liverpool and is one of the Flagship event series.
The free event is open to university staff, students and members of the public. Book your place via e-mail to email@example.com.