Equality and Diversity

Equality and Diversity

We are committed to creating and sustaining a culture in which our diversity is celebrated and where everybody feels included.

As Europe’s premier centre for bioinformatics, our commitment to diversity and inclusion is critical to our success in delivering excellence in science. As a global organisation with employees from 80+ nationalities we encourage and empower our employees to be their authentic selves at work, embracing the unique combination of culture, race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, physical or mental ability and work-life situations. 

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Zachary O'Sullivan
Equality and Diversity Officer

The Equality in Science Programme

The Equality in Science Programme  is a joint initiative of the Wellcome Sanger Institute, EMBL-EBI and other bodies on the Wellcome Genome Campus. Originally established as Sex in Science in 2011, Equality in Science aims to generate discussion and raises awareness about issues traditionally facing women and marginalised groups in science, and to drive policy and practice changes to redress them.

We organise a wide range of regular events and activities, such as workshops, careers days, discussion panels, debates and theatrical plays. For International Women’s Day 2014, we announced the winner of the first annual Wellcome Genome Campus Best Practice Award for Supporting Women in Science, and this award is now an annual event.

We invite inspirational scientists and opinion leaders to share their perspective on the societal, cultural and personal issues facing women, men and marginalised groups in science. Monthly seminars and workshops have covered topics such as work-life balance, the gender balance in IT and mentoring. Careers Day focuses on areas such as paths to independence and making the transition between industry and academia.

Laura Liswood speaking

Equality and Diversity Working Group at EMBL-EBI

The Equality and Diversity Working Group at EMBL-EBI progresses initiatives that aim to improve equality, diversity and inclusion in scientific careers, both generally and at the institute. 

The Working Group aims to:

  • Raise awareness among leadership and staff at EMBL-EBI of specific issues under-represented groups are facing at EMBL-EBI

  • Address and challenge unconscious bias and preconceptions, established practices and the status quo

  • Work to make recommendations for the removal of obstacles and the establishment of appropriate policy changes at EMBL to inspire all at different stages of their scientific careers to progress to senior levels

  • Foster constructive discussion about diversity and inclusion issues at all levels of EMBL-EBI and within the wider EMBL

  • Inform and drive change in current practices and policy at the institutional level

  • Explore funding opportunities and collaborative possibilities to progress the gender and diversity debate at EMBL and with external stakeholders

  • Ensure that activities in these areas are communicated internally and externally through discussion, presentations and the web at all levels.

Bronwen Aken, Team Leader at EMBL-EBI

EMBL Equality and Diversity Committee

EMBL’s Equality and Diversity Committee actively promotes diversity throughout EMBL. It generates discussion, raises awareness of equality and diversity issues, and contributes to developing policy and strategy.

The goals of the committee are to:

  • Foster an environment that values and supports equality and diversity;

  • Achieve equality and diversity among EMBL hires;

  • Prepare EMBL personnel to act as role models in an equal, diverse research environment, within and beyond EMBL.

Stonewall champions 2020-2021

Stonewall Diversity Champions 2020-2021

Stonewall is Europe's largest lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) charity who work with over 850 organisations, all of whom share the core belief in the power of a workplace that is truly equal. We have signed up to our first year of the Stonewall Diversity Programme where we hope Stonewall will help us in the following areas:

Year 1 objectives: 

1. Policy review - initial review of EMBL policies to ensure they are LGBT+ inclusive 

2. LGBT+ & Allies Network Group - ongoing support from assigned account manager 

3. Communications - internal and external communications around LGBT+ commitment 

4. Global Workplace Equality Index - first year participation on the Workplace Equality Index. Functioning as a GAP analysis tool to identify strategic objectives

Entrepreneurs and leaders in genomics

Watch a selection of recordings of our latest guest speakers:

Professor Sarah Rankin:
Raising awareness of neurodiversity in the STEM workplace

Professor Sir Jim Smith:
Being an LGBT+ ally and supporting diversity 

Professor Ijeoma Uchegbu:
Diversity and Inclusion - Not just about fairness