LGBTQ+ STEMinar 2022

The 7th LGBTQ+ STEMinar will be organized by STEM Village and STEM Equals and co-hosted at the University of Strathclyde and the University of Glasgow on 14 January 2022. Follow along on twitter using the hashtag #LGBTQSTEMinar22. The event will be a hybrid in-person/online event.

The conference is designed for people who work or study in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and are LGBTQ+. We aim to use the day to showcase work from diverse fields and to encourage collaborations between different departments, universities, companies and disciplines. To keep up to date on developments, join our mailing list.

Key Dates

  • Monday 2 August: Abstract submission NOW OPEN
  • Monday 13 September: Decision about whether the event will be online only or hybrid
  • Monday 13 September: Registration opens
  • Monday 20 September: Abstract submission deadline
  • Monday 27 September: Abstract deadline EXTENDED
  • Monday 15 November: Abstract decisions shared 
  • Monday 22 November: Programme published online 
  • Wednesday 8 December: Online workshop for speakers selected to give oral presentations
  • Monday 13  December: Registration closes (for in person attendees)
  • Friday 7 January 2022: Registration closes (for online only attendees)
  • Friday 7 January: (Optional) Online Rehearsal/Run Through/Support for speakers
  • Friday 14 January 2022: 7th annual LGBTQ+ STEMinar

Abstract submission

The deadline to submit is Monday 20th September Monday 27 September. 

Presentation formats:

  • Poster: Poster presentations can be displayed in person, online, or both. 
  • Oral presentation: 10 minutes with 3 minutes for questions. Oral presentations can be given in person, live online, or pre-recorded.

We have a conference Code of Conduct.

Conference Programme

The conference will run from roughly 0900-1700 GMT. A social event will follow. A detailed schedule will be provided closer to the event.

How are abstracts evaluated?

All abstracts go through a two-stage review process. In Stage 1, 4-5 reviewers representing diverse fields and identities evaluate abstracts blind, assessing the following criteria:

Criteria Excellent (3) Good (2) Insufficient (1)
Topic The topic of this abstract is very relevant to the STEMinar. The topic of this abstract is somewhat relevant to the STEMinar. The topic of this abstract is irrelevant to the STEMinar.
Is the abstract understandable to a broad audience? The contents of the contribution are well communicated and audience-adapted for accessibility in terms of language as well as structure. The argumentation is convincing and adapted in order not to exclude relevant groups. The contents of the contribution are well communicated and audience adapted for accessibility in terms of language as well as structure. The contribution fails to communicate in one or several of these areas: audience-adaptation, language, structure, referencing.
Does it present conclusions that seem to be supported by the arguments made? Conclusions well supported by arguments made Conclusions generally supported by arguments made No conclusions presented, or no arguments supported

For each abstract, your maximum score is 9; the minimum is 3. Scores can be in increments of 0.5. These results are then paired with identity information so that we can create a diverse series of speakers. This includes trying to balance among the axes of sexuality, gender identity, ethnicity, disability status, field of study and career stage. While we try to achieve as much diversity as we can, we’re of course limited by the abstracts we receive. We will be encouraging BAME and disabled LGBTQ+ STEM students and professionals in particular to submit abstracts. 

Registration OPEN!

Registration is FREE and any in-person event will be fully catered.

Please note that whilst we are currently planning for a hybrid event, with a combination of in-person and virtual attendees, this is subject to COVID restrictions in Scotland. If the Scottish Government reimplement social distancing measures, we may have to move the event to a fully virtual format. Therefore, if you plan to attend in person, please ensure that any travel or accommodation are fully refundable. LGBTQ+ STEM and the local organisers will not be held responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements if restrictions change and the event becomes fully online. Our current in person capacity is 250 people. However, capacity could become further limited if COVID restrictions are reimplemented. As a result, in person attendees will be determined on a first-registered basis. It is essential to let us know if your plans have changed and you are no longer able to attend in person, so that we may release that space to another attendee.

You can register HERE.

Keynote speaker – Claire Malone (she/her), University of Cambridge

In this photo Clair Malone (she/her), physicist, member of the LGBTQ+ community, white disabled woman, is smiling, wearing a red dress, black leggings, and zebra print shoes, with shoulder length red hair, in her wheelchair, in the centre of a TED X red circle carpet, in front of a large TED X sign, with a grand piano in the background. On the piano, a white sign reads: Showing Up TED X London

“If one feels that they constantly have to put effort into disguising part of their identity, one cannot give their full attention to their work. It is as if you are constantly watching what you say or how you react to everything in order to hide a major part of your identity.” Claire Malone on Queer(y)ing the Curriculum

“I also knew that I would have to think about them a little differently to my fellow students. For example, I had to demonstrate in examinations that I had understood the practical techniques that I had been taught. Due to my disability, I don’t have enough control of my hands to be able to pick up laboratory equipment and use it, so I had to effectively borrow someone else’s hands. I practiced giving extremely detailed instructions to my assistant about how to use the equipment in order to perform the experiment. Seeing experiments from the perspective of a series of instructions that I had to give as clearly as possible really helped me get into the mindset I needed to understand how I could perform well in my practicals, which I did. Recognizing that I was able to look at such issues in a different way helped me to find the tenacity to persevere with mastering the practical side of my scientific studies rather than letting my physical limitations stop me.” Claire Malone in her TedTalk titled We’ve Misplaced 96% of the Universe

About Claire: My passion to understand the world around me led me to pursue a PhD as part of the high energy physics group at the University of Cambridge. As the root of my interest is in understanding the behaviour of the fundamental particles that comprise our universe, I am analysing data from the LHC at CERN to complete our understanding of the universe in terms of its basic building blocks.

Throughout my career, I have had to devise techniques of studying to negotiate the fact that I cannot use a pen/keyboard directly due to my physical disability, cerebral palsy. For example, when studying for my astrophysics examination, I made notes by “typing” in latex using a keyboard controlled by my eye movements. I therefore believe that we need to make science as accessible as possible to as diverse a range of people as possible. This is possibly the best route we have to be able to find solutions to the biggest problems that we face today – being able to benefit from a broad range of different insights.

I am therefore passionate about communicating my enthusiasm for physics to as wide an audience as conceivable as well as advocating for the inclusion of groups that are typically under-represented in STEM subjects. In my spare time I also enjoy reading (and sometimes writing) sci-fi novels!


Please do not make any travel arrangements until a final decision has been made about whether the event can go ahead in a hybrid format. Even if we decide to proceed with plans for the event in hybrid format, if restrictions change, we may need to move the event fully online as it was for 2021. LGBTQ+ STEM or the local organizers will not be held responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements if restrictions change and the event becomes fully online.

Travel Grants from the Royal Society of Chemistry

In addition to their generous sponsorship, the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is offering enabling grants of up to £150 to chemical scientists attending the LGBTQ+ STEMinar 2022 in person, to pay for travel costs to Glasgow (only if the event is able to be held in hybrid format). For more information contact RSC Grants for Carers and Accessibility Grants are also available, which apply to virtual and in-person events.

Travel Grants from the Institute of Physics

In addition to their generous sponsorship, the Institute of Physics (IoP) is offering ten travel or Access bursaries of up to £100 for IOP members that wish to attend the LGBT STEMINAR in person, but who may require some assistance with the costs of travel or general accessibility (only if the event is able to be held in hybrid format). Applications for the grant may be submitted at any time prior to the event. The first ten successful grant applications will be considered in order of the date on which they are received by email to  IOP Carers Fund is also available, which apply to virtual and in-person events.

Additional Travel Grants/Bursaries

With enough sponsorship support, additional travel grants/bursaries may become available. Details will be announced if enough funding is available.


This event is only possible through the generous contributions of sponsors. So far, our confirmed sponsors include: 

  • Institute of Physics (IoP)
  • Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
  • Beatson Institute
  • Institute for Cancer ScienceInstitute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)
  • Institute of Mathematics and it’s Applications (IMA)
  • Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA)
  • Royal Society
  • National Physical Laboratory (NPL)
  • Linnaean Society of London
  • London Mathematical Society
  • Royal Society of Biology
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Strathclyde
  • STEM Village
  • STEM Equals project

If your organization is interesting in being involved, please contact us.

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