The Linnean Society is hosting an event called ‘Diversity within Natural History‘ and will focus on the contributions of ethnic minorities to natural history. Talks will cover the unsung heroes of the past, current experiences and initiatives to increase diversity within STEM subjects.
On the day (22nd March, 10-5) we will have talks by:
– Prof Pratik Chakrabarti on how botanists, naturalists of different races and different colonies have shaped British traditions of natural history;
– Claire Banks on her research on the contributions of Indian artist/s to Francis Buchanan-Hamilton’s work in South Asia in the late 18th and early 19th centuries;
– Miranda Lowe FLS on her own experiences working in natural history and in museums;
– Kevin Coutinho on the Windsor Fellowship initiative in association with the Royal Society called Destination STEMM, which is a mentoring programme for year 12 black students in Greater London;
– Prof Rich Pancost on the Green and Black Ambassadors programme, an initiative that connected environmental leaders and academics to BME-led environmental initiatives within Bristol.