LGBTQ+ allyship in science: Why we need an inclusive workplace and what all of us can do to achieve it.

Hybrid event. To register for an online link, please join the Teams event or email The Henry Wellcome Buildings EDI committee (

Dr Clara Barker is a Daphne Jackson Trust research fellow and manages the Centre for Applied Superconductivity at Oxford’s Department of Materials. She is also an award-winning LGBTQ+ activist, with contributions on TEDx, BBC and Sky News. In 2017, Dr Barker was awarded the Prime Minister’s Points of Light Award for her volunteer work raising awareness of LGBTQ+ issues. In 2023, she was appointed Inclusion and Diversity Representative by the Institute of Physics. In this talk, Dr Barker will share her personal path to science, and highlight the importance of having an inclusive workplace. We will learn about the difficulties that the LGBTQ+ community face in STEM, and what everyone can do to promote allyship.