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EDI committee members

Dr Costis PapageorgakisEDI Director, International Staff Champion: Costis Papageorgakis (Academic, CRST)

I work in theoretical high-energy physics and string theory. I first got interested in EDI as the husband of a BAME woman in STEM. I feel that there is no place for discrimination of any kind in a modern workplace and society.


I am an astronomer working on exoplanets and stars. I believe that science, and indeed any academic discipline, should be accessible to all and strongly benefits from a diverse and inclusive community. I joined the EDI committee to contribute to our continuing effort to create an equal, diverse and inclusive School.

I believe strongly in equality and creating a diverse place of work and opportunity for all. I volunteered as BAME Champion to help achieve this. I hope to give students, from BAME and non-BAME backgrounds, a role model they can aspire to.


Eram Rizvi EDILGBT+ Champion: Eram Rizvi (Academic, PPRC)

I believe strongly in equality and creating a diverse place of work and opportunity for all. I volunteered as LGBT+ Champion to help achieve this. The world has changed a lot since I came out in my late teens, but there remains a lot of work to be done.


Tessa BakerGender Champion: Tessa Baker (Academic, AU)

I’m a cosmologist working on gravitational waves. Throughout my training as a physicist I had strong female role models, and I’ve seen the difference that this can make. I want to make sure the same opportunities and encouragement are available to all in QMUL Physics


I volunteered as the Disability Champion because I want to ensure the school continues to be a positive and diverse community that is accessible to all.


As Head of School it is extremely important to me that we collectively make the School more diverse, ensure that everyone feels included and that every opportunity is accessible to all.

Having grown up in the diverse East End of London EDI is of the utmost importance to me. As a woman working in management I am aware of the importance of EDI for all those within my broader team, and am very passionate about the subject.


My postdoc experience has demonstrated to me that to get the most out of each individual, good communication is essential. I am motivated to make sure that there is a cohesiveness between all parts of the SPA hierarchy and that postdocs have a clear voice.


As the Secretary for the School EDI committee, I am responsible for arranging committee meetings, and also communicating and coordinating with other School committee secretaries to ensure EDI issues are embedded and discussed across the board.


I am a scientific project manager with a particular interest in equality and diversity. In my spare time I am a campaigner on women’s rights issues across Africa. 



I am a cosmologist. I believe that science should be accessible to all, and benefits hugely from diversity. I’m particularly interested in how we can improve access to science degrees and careers, and work as a mentor for the Destination STEMM programme, and as a tutor for the Access Project.


I am a PhD student in Cosmology. My research involves combining theory and data for upcoming surveys such as SKA and Euclid. I've been involved in Women in Physics groups in the past and have now joined the EDI committee.



I work on Organic-Lanthanide system for optical lasers and amplifiers. I have been taking part in the Women's Springboard Development Programme, and would like to be involved in more initiatives of this type. I hope to do my bit to help people achieve their potential with equality.


I am a condensed matter physicist, working on designing new materials with interesting and useful properties. I joined the committee to help dismantle the barriers that prevent talented people from taking their place in physics.


Adil MianAdil Mian (UG and BAME Student Representative)

As a BSc Physics student my aim is to ensure that my peers are given a STEM education that is representative of our environment. We should feel included in the curriculum as BAME students. I hope to achieve tangible change during my time at Queen Mary.


Sofia Kalamatianou (UG and BAME Student Representative)

I am a Physics with Astrophysics BSc student and I hope to use my experience to represent and support students at the School and to ensure that it is a safe environment for everyone.



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