Chemistry scientist featured as LGBT+ role model

Posted on 16 June 2017

Professor David Smith has been featured as an LGBT+ role model on the new Institute of Physics’ (IoP) LGBT+ Diversity Programme’s ‘role models in science’ flyer.

Professor David Smith is one of the LGBT+ role models

David is a nanochemist and routinely takes part in LGBT+ talks and events, where he shares his experiences as a gay scientist and the importance of equality and diversity in science.

He has a reputation for delivering educational outreach and runs a popular YouTube channel, which features a flagship lecture on ‘LGBT Scientists’.

During 2017, David has spoken at a number of LGBT+ lectures and events, including:

  • UNIT 2017 in Berlin - This was a major international LGBT science and technology conference with >500 delegates
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Lancaster
  • University of Nottingham
  • Procter and Gamble

Later this month, he plans to speak at the Science Museum London during their monthly ‘Science Museum Lates’ LGBT-inspired evening.

The Department of Chemistry is dedicated to supporting staff and students who identify as LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) and to creating an inclusive community where everyone can thrive.

The Department has a thriving Equality and Diversity Group and is the first Department to be awarded an Athena SWAN gold award, which it still maintains.

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