The UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), LENS Initiative and lightsources.org are delighted to host a joint webinar to mark International Women’s Day 2023.
In this webinar, Science Communicator and Inclusion Consultant, Dr Claire Malone, will present a personal perspective on working in academia with a physical disability. As a passionate advocate for the inclusion of groups that are typically under-represented in STEM, Claire will discuss her experience of facilitating dialogue between the scientific community and the wider public, addressing the issue of accessibility in education, and promoting the research of women and LGBTQ+ scientists.
I hold a Ph.D. in Particle Physics from the University of Cambridge, in which I analysed data from the European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN. 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. I am also passionate about making science accessible to as wide an audience as possible and frequently contribute to public discussions about the best strategies to communicate science to diverse audiences. Therefore, I am a regular contributing columnist for Physics World and the STEM Lead for a charity, the Lightyear Foundation. This has also led me to recently deliver the keynote address at the Public Awareness of Research Infrastructures conference in addition to my TED Talk which has now received almost 2 million views.