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. A decision about whether the event will be in person, online, or blended will be made in the autumn of 2021.

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 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. 

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 opens on 13th September

We hope to host the 7th annual LGBTQ+ STEMinar as a fully hybrid event, with both in person and online speakers and attendees. The decision about the event format will be made by 13th September 2021, taking into account all local and national health and safety guidance available at the time. Registration will launch after the decision is made. Please note that, if restrictions change, we may need to move the event fully online as it was for 2021. 


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. 


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 Science; 
  • Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA)
  • Royal Society
  • National Physical Laboratory (NPL)
  • 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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