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Gender and Unconscious Bias in STEM

Date/Time: Friday, 23rd February 2018, 15:00 - 18:30

Venue: Lit and Phil Society, Newcastle upon Tyne


The human brain gets inundated with vast amounts of information every second, and in order to make quick decisions it must take shortcuts. As you make decisions, how aware are you of these shortcuts, and how would you know if your choices were biased?

This event will introduce and review the concept of unconscious bias, and consider how it can affect us. We will investigate our own biases, show that everyone carries biases, and discuss how unconscious biases have an impact in schools and workplaces. The event will also explore strategies and approaches for working to reduce the impact of unconscious biases.

The event is targeted at:

  • STEM industry professionals
  • Sixth-form STEM students
  • STEM teachers and science coordinators (primary and secondary)

The event is being coordinated by a partnership of NUSTEM, the Institute of Physics, WISE North-East Hub, and the Lit & Phil, Newcastle.

Preliminary Programme

  • 15:00 – Arrival at Lit & Phil
  • 15:30 – Introduction to unconscious bias
  • 16:00 – Breakout session 1:
    A1 — Investigating your own biases
    A2 — Unconscious bias in the classroom and inclusive teaching
  • 16:40 – Break
  • 17:20 – Breakout session 2:
    A2 — Gendered language
    B2 — Awkward questions
  • 17:50 – Plenary: good practice, what does(n’t) work, and next steps
  • 18:30 – Event ends

for more information please contact:Jonathan Sanderson, NUSTEM, Digital and Maker Outreach Specialist at '' (0)191 349 5285 or reserve a place via the link,