Talking to the Wellcome
Wednesday 30th January 2019
The Wellcome invited Maria Niedernhuber and Dr Hamied Haroon, as representatives of Chronically Academic and NADSN, respectively, to speak at a special event on “Disability and health: How can we create a more inclusive research environment?” They were asked to share insights on the barriers that people who are disabled and/or live with chronic health conditions currently face to building a career in research and what Wellcome can do to create an inclusive research environment. Nicole Brown was also invited to speak although she was unable to attend in person.
This event was held at the Wellcome in London on 30th January 2019, generously organised by Gemma Tracey (Programme Manager for Science & Research) and Charlotte Hussey (Project Officer), in Wellcome’s Diversity & Inclusion Team. The event was expertly chaired by Eleanor Osmond, Chair of Wellcome’s Disability Interest Group.
We are happy to share the materials we presented here:
- Maria Niedernhuber (Chronically Academic): slides (as a PowerPoint .pptx)
- Hamied Haroon (NADSN): slides (as a PowerPoint .pptx)
- Nicole Brown: a short video (on YouTube) and a handout (as a PowerPoint .pptx and a PDF file)
- Eleanor Osmond: conversation questions (as a Word docx)
We look forward to building on this relationship with Wellcome and together developing strategies for improving access and support for disabled academics and researchers and academic-related professionals.
On 22nd February 2019, EDIS (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Science and Health) posted this on Twitter:
How can we remove barriers to successful career in research for disabled people and people with chronic conditions? @JeremyFarrar from @wellcometrust reflects on this after a talk from @maria_ndrnh @chron_ac and @HHHotWheels @nadsn_uk https://t.co/I4U1m8Psb2 pic.twitter.com/Ebs8piaQLO
— edis (@edisgroup) February 22, 2019
This demonstrates the positive impact that our presentations had on Professor Sir Jeremy Farrar, the Director of Wellcome, himself! 🙂