PRISM Exeter STEMM speakers announced for February LGBT+ History Month

Alex Troy
Authored by Alex Troy
Posted Tuesday, January 30, 2024 - 8:18am

PRISM Exeter is excited to announce the speakers for their LGBT+ History month event on Wednesday 28th February at Exeter Library. The event will showcase the work of two LGBTQ+ people working in very different areas of STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine), from crows to the cosmos. 

The organiser for the speakers event, Dr Charlie Wand, said "Since 2016, PRISM Exeter has been on a mission to to create paths into STEMM for LGBTQ+ people by increasing exposure to others just like them, but that doesn't mean you have to be queer to come along! We welcome everyone with an interest in STEMM - including those not actively working in the field and LGBTQ+ allies - who would like to spend an evening in friendly company learning about the work of two amazing LGBTQ+ scientists."

You can read more about the speakers below. To buy tickets (from £4.80) or to register to watch online (free), click here.

This event is held in partnership with BIPC Devon. Whether you’re starting or growing your own business, or need advice on protecting your assets, BIPC Devon is here to help.

Riley Smallman (they/he) - Archaeology, Identity and Crows

3rd year PhD - 'CROW Project' - HumAnE Bioarchaeology, University of Exeter

Riley Smallman (they/he) is a zooarchaeological PhD researcher at University of Exeter (Centre for Human-Animal-Environment (HumAnE) Bioarchaeology). Their project is funded through South, West & Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, and explores human-corvid relationships from prehistoric to modern-day Britain.

"Archaeology, Identity and Crows"

Archaeology is an area of study that challenges the science/humanities binary by combining methods and perspectives from both fields. In this talk, Riley Smallman reflects on their own identity alongside the ‘non-binary’ position of archaeology, considering what it means to be a scientist, and how we can foster more collaboration across disciplines. They will present their own zooarchaeological research into how perceptions and treatments of birds of the crow family have evolved in Britain from prehistory to the modern day as a case study of employing transdisciplinarity.

Dr Imogen Gingell (she/her)

Royal Society University Research Fellow, School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Southampton

Space scientist Dr Gingell joined the University of Southampton's Astronomy Group in October 2019, as a Royal Society University Research Fellow.

She specialises in exploring interactions between plasma from the sun and the Earth’s magnetic field. Her research uses machine learning and 3D computer simulations to understand magnetic reconnection and shockwaves within the Earth’s magnetosphere (the upper levels of the atmosphere).

Talk information to follow.

Buy tickets online here.

You can watch a talk from a previous event below.

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