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Thu, 27 Oct


Virtual Talk

Black History Month conference with AstroNoir and UCL

Join us whilst we discuss navigating the world of networking, gatekeeping, and nepotism as a Black person in STEM.

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Black History Month conference with AstroNoir and UCL
Black History Month conference with AstroNoir and UCL

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27 Oct 2022, 18:00

Virtual Talk

About the Event

Join us for this FREE virtual talk focusing on navigating academia and industry as a Black scientist.

Only 1.8% of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) academic staff in the UK are Black, whilst this number is 6.2% for UK-domicile STEM students. There is a leaky pipeline, with numbers dropping significantly as one climbs the metaphorical academic and industrial ladder.

We ask:

  • Why is there a higher non-completion rate among Black STEM students?
  • Why is there a grade disparity between Black and White graduates?
  • Why do fewer Black people continue with further education/academia, after a bachelor's?

It is clear that Black people are interested in STEM, as there are plenty who chose to pursue a STEM undergraduate degree. However, what is being done to retain these students?

Within this discussion, we will talk about navigating through academia and the workforce; hoping to encourage the next generation of students and offer some advice.

Whilst STEM is universal and meant for all: here at AstroNoir, we acknowledge the importance of representation in inspiring and motivating those from diverse backgrounds. By hosting a number of events, blog posts, and other scientific communications we hope to give a voice to the previously unheard. Allowing us to make STEM an accessible and, more importantly, approachable environment.


This event will be hosted by AstroNoir and supported by University College London's Earth Sciences Ethnic Diversity Network.


AstroNoir started as a science communications website with the aim to make science accessible and inclusive for all. We cover topics related to natural sciences (ie Earth and space sciences), engineering and technology, medical and health sciences, agricultural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Since our start in 2020, we have posted plenty of blog posts, hosted talks, published videos, etc. Whilst we prioritise science outreach, we also want to help people throughout various sectors grow their connections; linking industry to academia and governments.

Our mission at AstroNoir is to:

  • Amplify diverse voices in the natural and social science communities
  • Promote education for all, through accessible resources
  • Introduce students to industry professionals and government officials
  • Create hands-on events to encourage people from all backgrounds to build on their scientific knowledge

Inclusivity Statement

At AstroNoir we are committed to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusivity in the natural and social scientific communities. We understand that each individual possesses unique experiences, and we wish to amplify all voices. By embracing and respecting diversity, AstroNoir harbours the tremendous potential to encourage innovative ideas. In doing so, we hope to empower all of the communities that we represent.

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