School of Physics and Astronomy


Please let the EDI committee know if you attend any of these events as we would love to hear your feedback!


  • 24th of October: "AfroFuture Film Festival"(Pumzi, Afronauts, Jonah, Departure, Crumbs). As part of Black History Month, the SPA will be holding a film screening at the GO Jones LT (5pm).

  • 17th of October: As part of Black History Month, the SPA will be organising a lunchtime reading group at the Museum (1pm-2pm) with Mark Dery's "Black to the future" (pp. 179-185). 

  • 14th of October: As part of Black History Month, the SPA will be hosting a poster exhibition on the contribution of people of colour to science and mathematics at the Museum.

  • 13th-14th April: Queen Mary with the support of the Institute of Coding (IoC) is hosting a new event (Athena 2019) that aims to provide a platform for the technology industry to champion, encourage and inspire women in the field. Working with ShowCode, a competitive coding platform, Queen Mary will provide an opportunity at Athena 2019 for women already in tech to showcase their talent to industry and encourage others to consider tech-related education and careers. To register for free and find out more, visit
  • 30th March:  Women in physics London 2019 conference. This is a day long event, with talks from speakers on their research or work and any challenges they may have faced during the process of their careers. There is a panel structured on the ‘Future of Physics’, with panelists ranging across post graduates and doctorates. To conclude the conference, there is a networking reception where attendees have the opportunity to meet and speak to panelists or speakers from the conference. 
  • 8th March: School of Geography International Women's Day Cake Sale. All money raised will be donated to the charity Endometriosis UK. From 11am, Geography Common room (118)

  • 7th March: PsiStar Talk on Particle Physics and Q&A celebrating International Women's Day with Dr Marcella Bona. 6:00-7:30pm GO Jones LT
  • 20th February - STEM Women event focussing on Interview and Networking skills.

  • 13th February -  SPA / PsiStar will host LGBT history month talks by James Claverley (NPL,  Linda Cremonesi (UCL) and Anthony Phillips (QMUL), 4:30pm at GO Jones 610
  • 8th February- Join us for the first QMOUT Social of the year! 12-2pm, Peoples Palace

  • 8th February- Hear from ELOP (our local LGBTQ+ holistic support centre), and Dr Helen Bintley (researcher in medical education and LGBTQ+ healthcare education) at our  QMOUT Seminars, 2-4pm Geography 2.20

  • 5th February - Talk on “Understanding Gender Dysphoria”, led by Dr James Barrett, lead clinician at the Gender Identity Clinic and President of the British Association of Gender Identity Specialists, 6-8pm Perrin LT at the Blizard Institute (Whitechapel)

  • 5th February - Lunchtime seminar on 'Gender and ethnic inequity in speaking opportunities at a major scientific conference' by Dr Heather Ford, NERC Independent Research Fellow, and School of Geography, City Centre Seminar Room (Bancroft 2.07). 


  • 12th December - Women's Higher Education Network (WHEN) forum event. More info at this link.
  • Women in Science and Engineering (WISE@QM) networking event: 
    27th November - between 11am and 1pm in the mushroom, Blizard Institute (Whitechapel)
    28th November - between 11am and 1pm 7th Floor Common Room in the Graduate Centre (Mile End Campus)


  • 8th November - Angela Saini will be visiting QMUL as part of her 'Inferior' book tour. More info at this link
  • 13th October - Celebrating Diversity - Joint Wine and Cheese event with the School of Mathematical Sciences 15:00-17:00 at the Senior Common Room
  • 11th October - Screening of Hidden Figures Movie by WISE@QMUL (5pm Arts One lecture theatre - just turn up) 
  • 2nd October - Oval House talk by Linda Cremonesi, former QMUL grad student.
  • Women in Physics London, took place on the 31st of March 2017 at KCL, with a contribution from QMUL's Dr Marcella Bona.
  • The IoP 2017 report on "Improving Gender Balance - Reflections on the impact on interventions at schools" is out and available here.
  • WISE@QMUL organised the "International Women's Day Celebration" event on the 8th of March 2017



  • Women in Physics Day, 9th March 2015, University of Portsmouth: Graduate students can sign up via this link and JUNO will cover any travel expenses.
  • Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, 19th-22nd March 2015. JUNO will sponsor 2 undergraduate students to attend this event - for more information see this link


  • 2014-11-25: JUNO Champion, IoP team visit
  • School of Physis Unconscious Bias Training session, 19th July.
  • Averil MacDonald, the SEPnet Diversity and Impact Lead gave a group of 23 members of SPA a 2 hour session on unconscious bias, which led to some interesting discussions about possible actions we could think about in the school. Apparently this was the biggest group Averil has trained so far. Thank you everybody for participating.
  • IoP lecture: Being different can be good: A female physicist looks at the interface of physics with the life sciences Part of Opportunity Physics 2014 public lecture series, Thursday 24 July 2014 A public lecture by Professor Dame Athene Donald DBE FRS InstP Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge
  • Could do better. QMUL's cross-institutional postgraduate conference on race in British universities, Monday 8th September, 2014
  • A Westminster policy briefing Gender and STEM: Where Next for Universities?
  • Royal Society Diversity Day at the Royal Society.

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