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Falling Walls Circle Table: Forging a More Inclusive Research Ecosystem with Key Stakeholders

Falling Walls Foundation | Nick Perkins, Kumsal Bayazit, Daya Reddy, Shirley M. Malcom, Karen Salt

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Over the past two decades, the scientific community has made good strides in advancing women in science and to some degree, embedding sex and gender in research. But gender is only one aspect of a larger debate around inclusion and diversity. Inequalities based on race and ethnicity have been very much in the news over the past year. This panel will build on the November 5th Falling Walls discussion “Combating systemic racism in science” to bring together key players across the scientific community: funders, research institutions, associations and publishers. The panel will seek to address the burning question posed by the first panel: how can we work together to create a more inclusive research ecosystem using its nuts and bolts – such as funding, publishing, peer review, evaluation, conferences and, of course, the research itself.

Falling Walls Circle Tables will give the spotlight to world-leading scientists, science strategists and policy-makers from academia, business and politics discuss how we can apply science, research and innovation to get the world moving again.

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Nick Perkins

CABI

Nick Perkins is Lead Technical Advisor- Development, Communication & Extension at CABI.

Nick has worked as a journalist, media trainer and project manager for over 20 years in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and the Caribbean. He cofounded Media for Development, an award-winning consultancy, providing support in a variety of areas of communication for global development. Since 2005 Nick’s work has focused on knowledge management and research communication. He trained as a journalist in Canada and has a postgraduate degree in anthropology and development from the University of Sussex. He has written a number of articles and training resources on communication for social change. He was Head of Research Communication at the Institute of Development Studies before becoming Director at SciDev.Net, the popular science journalism platform for international development. He is also Artistic Director at Wretched Theatre

Kumsal Bayazit

Elsevier

Kumsal Bayazit is Chief Executive Officer at Elsevier, which she has joined in February 2019 from RELX.

She started her career at Legal and Risk & Business Analytics, where she held a number of senior strategy and operational roles. In 2012, she was appointed Chief Strategy Officer of RELX Group, as well as chair of the company’s Chief Technology Officers’ Forum. For the past three years, she has been the Regional President for Europe, Middle East and Africa at RELX Group’s exhibitions business. Prior to joining RELX Group, she worked at Bain & Company in the US, South Africa and Australia. Mrs. Bayazit holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.

Daya Reddy

International Science Council

Daya Reddy holds the South African Research Chair in Computational Mechanics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He was a founder member of AIMS, the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, a network with centres for graduate education, research and outreach in six African countries, and serves as chair of the Council of AIMS South Africa. He is president of the International Science Council, a body comprising national and regional scientific organizations from 140 countries and some 40 international scientific unions. He also serves on the Academic Advisory Board of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany.

Shirley M. Malcom

AAAS

Shirley Malcom is the Director of SEA Change and a Senior Advisor for AAAS. In this position she works to improve the quality of and increase access to education and careers in STEMM.

Dr. Malcom is a trustee of Caltech, a regent of Morgan State University and a former member of the National Science Board, the policymaking body of the National Science Foundation. Dr. Malcom chaired the NASEM Committee on Barriers and Opportunities to 2-Year and 4-Year STEM Degree Completion. She serves on the boards of the Heinz Endowments, Public Agenda, the National Math-Science Initiative and Digital Promise. In 2003, she received the Public Welfare Medal of the National Academy of Sciences, the highest award given by the Academy.

Karen Salt

UK Research and Innovation

Dr Karen Salt is the Director of the Centre for Research in Race and Rights at the University of Nottingham. She is an expert on sovereignty, politics and the ways that discourses regarding difference influence narratives, decision-making and systems of governance. Years of considering the impact of racial and political discourses in the Atlantic world has led to a broader interest in the ways global minority communities marshal their collective power and participate in local, national and international governance structures. She continues to advise and research these topics, especially as they relate to inclusive practices and racial equity, with organisations. She is also a member of Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Advisory Board.

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