Whether you are LGBTQ+ or an ally, join us to celebrate our fantastic and diverse STEMM community in Norfolk with a series of mini talks and the chance to network with local LGBTQ+ scientists.
After the event, there is an optional local pub trip with the events' organisers (Ro Procter, Norwich Science Festival, and Sam Rowe, Earlham Institute) and its speakers for a fantastic (and informal) networking opportunity!
Age: 18+ recommended
About the host, Dan O'Neill (he/him)
Dan’s thirst for adventure and the natural world has taken him to some of the most remote places left on Earth from the Mayan temples of the Yucatan and ancient civilisations of Southeast Asia to the mountains of North Africa and the deepest parts of the Amazon rainforest. His background as a field biologist has equipped him with an extensive knowledge of rainforest biodiversity and survival skills, particularly in the Neotropics.
In 2019, he was part of a 7 person expedition to the headwaters of one of Guyana’s most remote rivers – the Rewa - in search of wild animals that had never seen people before. With conservation dreams in mind Dan created Wilderland Film Festival - the UK’s first ever touring wildlife film festival which toured theatres nationwide in Autumn 2019. Alongside the festival, the Wilderland TV YouTube channel has already gained 12,000 subscribers and continues to share independent wildlife films from around the world.
Pride in STEM is a charitable trust run by an independent group of LGBTQ+ scientists & engineers from around the world. Proud of who we are and what we do, we aim to showcase and support all LGBTQ+ people in STEMM fields.
Out Thinkers are run by, and on behalf of, Pride in STEM and showcases LGBTQ+ people in STEMM, providing a platform where people can talk about their work while truly being themselves. Norwich Science Festival has partnered with Pride in STEM to bring Out Thinkers to Norwich for the first time.
Dr. Alfredo Carpineti (he/him)
Astrophysicst and chair of Pride in STEM (among other things!). This event is our take on Out Thinkers, which provides a platform for LGBTQ+ scientists to share their work and experiences.
Dr Charlotte Owen (she/her)
Plant scientist and bioinformatician at the John Innes Centre where she studies specialised metabolic pathways for interesting chemicals
Dr Emma Waters (she/they)
Her research focus on narrowing the gaps between scientific disciplines to develop innovative methods that tackle the big modern scientific challenges. Currently, she is investigating the ability of bacteria to rearrange the order of their DNA, which contains instructions on how the bacteria perform tasks to survive.
Dr Kelsey Byers (mainly she/her but all pronouns welcome)
She is a Group Leader at the John Innes Centre, leading a lab of three people. Her group and I study the evolution of floral scent and its role in insect pollination and flowering plant diversity.
Dawood Qureshi (they/them)
Dawood is a Wildlife Film-Maker, freelance Journalist, Researcher at BBC NHU, Ambassador, and Marine Biologist BSc. They have a passion for wildlife and conservation and speaking about topics such as diversity and political issues, and for as long as they can remember, they have always had a passion for storytelling; Dawood believes it’s the most powerful form of communication, and by telling stories, they wish to raise awareness and push change by crafting narratives and sharing others' stories.