Sixteen member bodies have signed up to the Declaration on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion, publicly committing to delivering a more diverse science workforce.
With a growing global demand for STEM skills, the Science Council believes that increasing the diversity of the science workforce at all levels is key to strengthening the sector.
By 2030 the number of people in science-based roles will have grown from 5.8 million to 7.1 million, accounting for a fifth of the UK workforce. This equates to a shortfall of 40,000 skilled people every year. By widening participation in science education and the workplace, the Science Council can attract the widest possible talent to the science workforce and foster a greater diversity of scientific ideas, research and technology.
The first group of member bodies signing the Declaration have pledged to promote a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion within their respective disciplines. The Science Council will be leading by example in this enterprise, as well as providing resources, practical support and facilitating initiatives and best practice between member bodies.
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See the names of the first organisations to sign the declaration on the Science Council website: