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Diversity and inclusion

Scientists must create culture of tolerance to improve LGBT+ retention

26 June 2019

Along with our counterparts at the Royal Society of Chemistry and Royal Astronomical Society, the Institute of Physics recently reached out to the LGBT+ community working in science to ask about the working culture from their perspective, through a survey called Exploring the workplace for LGBT+ physical scientists, answered by over a thousand people. The results are published today (26 June 2019).

While the results were encouraging overall, showing how far we’ve come over the last decade or so, the survey also indicated loud and clear how little room there is for complacency; we have a long way to go before physics and the other sciences provide an inclusive, diverse and welcoming environment, particularly for the LGBT+ community and for women. 

Read more in the report (below) and the press release (PDF, 18KB).

Exploring the workplace for LGBT+ physical scientists

Download the report (PDF, 3MB)