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The Babraham Institute works to deliver impact by translating our science and understanding of fundamental biology to promote lifelong health and wellbeing. Our blogs offer scientists, staff and guests the chance to share their individual views and experiences on the Institute's efforts to deliver research impacts and to build a welcoming and diverse community.

 

 

The equality4success Alternative Gift Guide 2021

The holidays are upon us once again so Elizabeth is back with a whole new set of gift suggestions!

01/12/2021

Reflecting on HeLa cells: 70 years on

Our e4s Bite series aims to cover EDI issues in bite size chunks and the most popular talk by far was on the history and ethics of HeLa cells. This Black History Month, Elizabeth revisits the topic for a deeper dive into the place of HeLa cells in modern research.

26/10/2021

Managing mental illness at work

Mental health at work is still a taboo subject so in order to challenge that stigma this World Mental Health Day, Elizabeth and her manager, Cheryl, share frankly what a recent situation was like for them and how they handled it.

08/10/2021

Thinking beyond binaries

It's easy to think of the world in black and white, good and bad, right and wrong; but binary thinking can be very limiting. Kate was interested in learning more about how this works and the long ranging effects and here she shares what she's learned about binary thinking.

16/02/2021

A tale of two Melanies: mitigating the impact of lab long term leave

Long term leave, like maternity leave, has major impacts on researchers' careers. At the Babraham Institute, we've trialled a roving researcher position to support scientists on leave. Melanie and Melanie share their stories from both sides of the experience here.

08/01/2021

The equality4success Alternative Gift Guide

The holidays are upon us once again so Elizabeth is back with a whole new set of gift suggestions!

27/11/2020

A tribute to Michael Wakelam

Since it began, Michael Wakelam was a permanent member of the Institute’s Athena SWAN Self Assessment Team, now equality4success. Here, the two chairs of the committee share their memories of working with Michael and how he was essential to the Institute’s achievements in improving diversity and inclusion.

17/11/2020

equality4success book reviews

Staff and students from the Babraham Institute share reviews of a variety of books about equality, diversity and STEM.

27/03/2020

Celebrating women at the Babraham Institute

Women contribute to the Babraham Institute in roles throughout the organisation including students, cleaners, group leaders, nursery staff, and many more. This International Women’s Day, we are celebrating their achievements with five women sharing their stories.

10/03/2020

Relearning how to speak: how to be more inclusive every day through language

Language is an important tool in creating inclusive environments but how can you be sure to get it right? In this article, Elizabeth gives some advice on basic principles that will help communicate inclusively.

06/02/2020

The equality4success Alternative Gift Guide 2019

Elizabeth is back with a selection of fun stereotype-defying gifts that entertain and inform. You're sure to find something you want to get for people on your list, or maybe yourself!

12/11/2019

Why gender equality is important to me: five male perspectives

Gender equality is in everyone’s interests – including men. This International Men’s Day, five men from our equality4success team share their reasons for getting involved.

11/10/2019

How scientists are making research outcomes more inclusive

At the recent EDIS symposium, scientists got together to share ideas on making research outcomes more relevant to everyone. Here Elizabeth shares the variety of methods the scientific community is using to make that a reality.

24/09/2019

8 things we learnt from lunch with Katrin Rittinger

Four Babraham Institute PhD researchers share what they learned from a chat with Katrin Rittinger and her talk about her career journey

14/08/2019

Practical examples of demonstrating impact in an Athena SWAN application

Cheryl expands on her advice for creating an impactful Athena SWAN application with examples from our own recent successful Silver Award

24/07/2019

Tips for building inclusive LGBT+ workplaces

This LGBT+ STEM Day, Elizabeth has some tips for making your workplace more LGBT+ inclusive

05/07/2019

What managers want: valuable transferable skills

Elizabeth shares personal experience and managers' thoughts on what skills really help when you are applying for a job you don't have experience for

10/04/2019

Same difference? Perceptions of workplace culture

A new study highlighted how differently men and women perceive the same workplace culture. Elizabeth, e4s manager, looks at the data and outlines suggestions for closing the gap.

26/03/2019

IWD2019. We’ve come a long way. Rather recently.

When it comes to equality a lot has changed in a surprisingly short time. For International Women's Day 2019, Christel Krueger reflects on her own perceptions of gender equality in the 21st Century and what more still lies ahead. Join in with the #BalanceForBetter campaign.

08/03/2019

Race tracks and ponies

Contemplating gifts and gender in the Christmas aftermath

18/01/2019