UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering


An Afternoon of Innovation: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in STEM

04 October 2019, 3:00 pm–6:30 pm

Clarke Society STEM Equality event poster

The UCL Clarke Society would like to invite you all to the first of a series of six events entitled ‘An Afternoon of Innovation’ to inform, inspire and facilitate innovation across disciplines. This afternoon will focus on the core theme of Diversity, Inclusion and Equality in STEM with the event open to both UCL and the Public.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Maria Livanos – Biochemical Engineering


Woburn House
20 -24 Tavistock Square
United Kingdom


  • 15:00 - 16:00 - Keynote Lecture - Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE
  • 16:00 - 17:00 - Panel Discussion – ‘Investing in Ability: Diversity and the power of differences.’
  • 17:00 - 18:30 - Reception and Networking

When and Where?

  • Date: Friday 4th October 2019
  • Time: 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM BST
  • Location: Woburn House, 20 -24 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HQ


Tickets are free. To register your place, please visit Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-afternoon-of-innovation-equality-diversi...

Guest Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE

Child prodigy in Math, IT and Languages
Held positions at Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard and Duestche Bank
Co-founder of STEMettes, an award-wining social initiative
Host of Evening Standard's podcast Women Tech Charg

Panel Chair: Professor Sara Mole

UCL Professor of Molecular Cell Biology
Group Leader at the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology (MRC LMCB)
Research focused on diseases caused by genetic changes, in particular neurodegenerative diseases that impact children.
Provost's Envoy for Gender Equality at UCL and Great Ormond Street Hospital

Panel Speaker: Dr Rhys Morgan

Director of Engineering and Education at the Royal Academy of Engineering
Responsible for the diversity work of the Academy, it’s education policy, research activity and all education programmes.
Oversees the collaborative education alliances which the Academy hosts. Providing information and advice to the government on all aspects of STEM education and skills policy.
Lead Director for the Academy's flagship 'This is Engineering' campaign

Panel Speaker: Ms Madeleine Gabriel

Head of Inclusive Innovation at NESTA, the Innovation Foundation
Leads international projects exploring how new models of innovation can tackle big social challenges
Passionately interested in the relationship between innovation and inequality, and in exploring the role that innovation - and innovation policy - can play in promoting greater equality.

Panel Speaker: Dr Darren Nesbeth

Associate Professor in Synthetic Biology
Programme Director for the Masters programs, Chemical with Biochemical Engineering and Synthetic Biology.
Member of the Dept of Biochemical Engineering Athena SWAN committee
UCL Engineering Faculty, Black and Minority Ethnic Student Attainment Lead

Panel Speaker: Dr Michael Sulu

Research Associate in the Dept of Biochemical Engineering
A UCL Dignity Advisor, Fair Recruitment Specialist and co-chair of the Race Equality Network.
Works within the leadership team of The Inclusion Group for Equity in Research in STEM (TIGERS).
Volunteer on the Leading Routes, black in academia programme; The Social Mobility Foundation, academic mentoring scheme and The Access Project, tutoring scheme as well as ad-hoc outreach and widening participation events.