• Date and time: Monday 6 December 2021, 6.15pm to 7.15pm
  • Location: Online
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

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Disability History Month event

This session will highlight a range of Jack and Maria’s personal and professional experiences with disability in science, being and working with LGBTQ+ people and how intersectionality is viewed today in education and wider society. 
What we hope our audience will take away from the session: our aim of this session is for you to reflect on your own conduct and practices, and how you can make a change that directly benefits somebody in your life. Summarised “doing something about something”. If you’re a teacher, you might… If you’re an employer, you might… If you’re a campaigner, you might… If you’re in a position to influence policy, you might… If you’re trying to work out what kind of human you are or want to be, you might…  If you are an ally, you might…

Asking questions:

As this is an 'in conversation' style event it's likely that we won't be taking questions during the event. However, if you would like to submit a question for the speakers to respond to as part of their discussion please complete this pre-event questionnaire

**Please note that it may not be possible to answer all of the questions asked.**

About the speakers

Jack: Whilst completing their BSc in chemistry from the University of York, Jack became widely involved in many of the department’s outreach projects, including the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Spectroscopy In A Suitcase (SIAS) scheme, British Science Week at local York schools, Royal Society of Chemistry public science festivals in York and Chemistry at Work.  The latter is where they met Maria, with whom they’d later develop novel workshops for this event.  Currently, Jack is a science technician at a college in West Yorkshire.

Maria: Maria started her professional life as a (bio)chemist. She ventured into science education, and later science education research, when her career prospects as a research scientist waned. By way of work experience, she supported a science teacher who uses a wheelchair. Her interest in disability took off from there, although many other influences should be acknowledged. She met Jack during a Chemistry at Work project during which their joint interests in humans, chemistry and science teaching became obvious.

While Jack embarked upon a PGCE after graduating, Maria maintained her interest in their progress and using her previous experience in working with disabilities, realised that Jack presented a unique insight into teaching with multiple protected characteristics. From here a sustained, though intermittent, collaboration ensued, in which chemistry, science education, disability and intersectionality are always prominent.