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Global Accessibility Awareness Day: Tanya Horne
May 18, 2023
Global Accessibility Awareness Day is celebrated today, 18 May, and its purpose is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about global accessibility. To mark this day, we interviewed Microbiology Society member Tanya Horne about her experience of navigating academia with a disability and the importance of accessibility.
International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
May 17, 2023
International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia is an annual awareness day which takes place on 17 May to draw attention to the violence and discrimination faced by LGBTQ+ communities around the world. This year, our members organised an LGBTQ+ Networking Event during Annual Conference 2023 and so, to celebrate this important day, one of Champions has written a review of their experience at the networking event.
Trans Day of Visibility: Rowan Casey
March 31, 2023
Trans Day of Visibility takes place every year on 31 March to celebrate trans and non-binary people in addition to raising awareness of the discrimination faced by trans people.
To mark the day, we caught up with Members Panel member, Rowan Casey to discuss some of the challenges facing trans people studying or working in science.
"To me, Trans Day of Visibility is not about celebration or being visible ourselves but being visible in saying we will not accept how society currently treats us." Rowan Casey
Neurodiversity Celebration Week: Darya Chernikhova
March 23, 2023
Neurodiversity Celebration Week takes place 13–19 March 2023; it aims to transform how neurodivergent individuals are perceived and supported by organisations, while creating a more inclusive and equitable culture.
We spoke with Society Champion, Darya Chernikhova, about their experiences of working in microbiology as a neurodivergent person.
“You will contribute to the world. It might take longer, or it might not, but it’ll be awesome.” Darya Chernikhova
Lab coats - the discrimination we don't see
March 10, 2023
International Women’s Day: embracing equity
March 8, 2023
International Women's Day (IWD) takes place annually on 8 March and is a celebration of women’s achievements that aims to raise awareness of issues impacting women’s equality. The awareness day started in 1911 as part of the women’s suffrage movement and this year’s theme is #EmbraceEquity which is focusing on the need for equitable action to create true inclusion.
As part of this year’s theme, people have been encouraged to physically embrace themselves as a visible symbol of embracing equity. So, to mark the day, two of our Champions, Darya Chernikhova and Karen Campos-León, have taken part and also explained what equity means to them.
International Day of Women and Girls in Science: Jazmin Conway
February 10, 2023
In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly declared 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The day focusses on gender equality and empowerment of women and girls by promoting full and equal access to and participation in science.
This year, we talked to Microbiology Society Champion, Jazmin Conway, to discuss her experience as a woman working in microbiology, and to find out more about her outreach work.
“It’s important to reflect on how far you have come during times of struggle and feel proud of everything you have accomplished.” Jazmin Conway
International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Kirsty Jones
December 2, 2022
International Day of Persons with Disabilities takes place annually on 3 December to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. This year, to raise awareness, we interviewed Members Panel member, Kirsty Jones, to discuss her work, the challenges she faces and some great advice for others with disabilities hoping to work in science.