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Building a better chemistry culture series – part 1

May 21

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Chemistry World and the Inclusion and Diversity team at the Royal Society of Chemistry are proud to offer the first of a monthly webinar series to support the chemical sciences community in response to and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic.

Throughout the Building a better chemistry culture series, we will illuminate the science behind the issues being experienced and provide support tailored to the needs of chemical scientists including sharing coping strategies and reducing stigma around mental health and wellbeing.

The very first webinar will take place during Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW, 18-24 May) and will highlight the MHAW theme of kindness. We will explore how to build a better chemistry culture through the incredible impact of kindness, and examine examples from the chemical sciences.

Our speakers Sarah Bond (expert on inclusion and diversity), David Hamilton (expert on kindness) and Zoë Ayres (R&D chemical scientist) will discuss:

  • The importance of kindness and how it can be applied to individuals, teams and the wider community
  • The science of kindness and its impact on health
  • Self-kindness and the importance of focusing on caring for one’s own mental health
  • Learnings from examples of kindness in response to COVID-19 to build a better chemistry culture


Explore the role kindness can play in making chemistry more inclusive and protecting mental health: offered by VOICE OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY.

Contact them to register in advance of this webinar.

Registration link.


Speaker: Sarah Bond
Sarah is an experienced consultant, advisor, facilitator, coach and researcher with over 20 years’ experience of working with leaders, managers and teams in the UK, Europe and globally to progress organisational and culture change on diversity and inclusion.  Sarah is passionate about inclusion and the creation of inclusive cultures at work.

Speaker: Zoë Ayres
Zoë is an analytical research scientist in the water industry. She is also is a mental health advocate, working towards improving mental health in research settings, and is the author of the #mentalhealth poster series on Twitter (you can find her @zjayres).

Speaker: David Hamilton
Following his PhD in organic chemistry at the University of Strathclyde, David worked in drug development at AstraZeneca for 4 years before leaving to embark on a career as a writer. He is now author of several books, including The five side effects of kindness and The little book of kindness and speaks regularly to the public, at schools, and in businesses about the health effects of being kind.

Moderator: Benjamin Valsler, digital editor, Chemistry World magazine
Ben is the digital editor of Chemistry World magazine, producing video and podcasts to accompany the magazine and website. Prior to joining the Royal Society of Chemistry, he was the producer of the award-winning Naked Scientists, making local and national radio programmes for the BBC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Primedia in South Africa.


May 21
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